The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting aquaculture researchers to apply for grants ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 that are designed to support the industry’s development.
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The USDA said in a press release that its aquaculture research program has two grant opportunities, one for “standard projects” that give a maximum total award of $300,000 last up to two years. The second type is for “seed projects” that total between $50,000 to $100,000 and are limited to a year in most cases.
“The purpose of the aquaculture research program is to support the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in the US and generate new science-based information and innovation to address industry constraints,” the USDA said.
Researchers’ grant applications should be focused on new genetics for commercially farmed species, “critical” disease issues, design of sustainable production systems and economic research to improve the industry’s profitability, the agency instructs.
Applications may be submitted by state agricultural experiment stations, all colleges and universities, other research institutions and organizations, federal agencies, private organizations or corporations, and individuals for the purpose of conducting research, extension, or education activities, the USDA said.
It encouraged researchers to send a letter of intent by April 29 and full applications by May 28.