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Saltonstall-Kennedy (S-K) Competition

Grants to USA Individuals and Corporations for Research and
Development Projects that Enhance the Viability of U.S. Fisheries

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U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

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11/20/20 11:59 PM EST - Electronic Receipt, Postmarked, or Provided to Delivery Service


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Grants to USA and Compact Free Associations nonprofit organizations, corporations, and individuals for research and development projects related to U.S. fisheries. An initial-stage proposal is required prior to the submission of the full proposal. In addition, applicants are advised that the pre-registration process may take as long as one month to complete. Funding is intended to support projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable.

The Saltonstall-Kennedy Act established a fund (known as the S-K fund) used by the Secretary of Commerce to provide grants or cooperative agreements for fisheries research and development projects addressing aspects of U.S. fisheries, including, but not limited to, harvesting, processing, marketing, and associated business infrastructures. Grants and cooperative agreements are made to assist in carrying out projects to expand domestic and foreign markets related to U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries. The term “fisheries” encompasses wild capture, marine aquaculture, and recreational fishing. 

The objective of the S-K Research and Development Program (known as the S-K Program) is to address the needs of the fisheries and fishing communities in optimizing economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries and practices, dealing with the impacts of conservation and management measures, and increasing other opportunities to use existing infrastructure to support keeping working waterfronts viable. U.S. fisheries include any fishery, commercial or recreational, that is, or may be, engaged in by citizens or nationals of the United States or other eligible applicants. The competition is open to applicants from a variety of sectors, including individuals, industry, academia, and state and local governments.

The FY21 solicitation seeks applications that fall into one of two priorities:

  1. Promotion, Development, and Marketing
  2. Science or Technology that Promotes Sustainable U.S. Seafood Production and Harvesting

For further details on each of these priorities, see URL for Full Text below.

NOAA Fisheries seeks applications that demonstrate direct benefits to the U.S. fishing industries and that involve:

  • Fishing or aquaculture community participation aimed at helping fishing and marine aquaculture communities to resolve issues that affect their ability to fish or farm.
  • Making full use of those species that are currently under federal or state fishery management plans.
  • Addressing the socioeconomic impacts of overfishing and overcapacity.  

U.S. fisheries include any commercial fishery, recreational fishery, or marine aquaculture operation that is, or may be, engaged in by citizens or nationals of the United States or other eligible applicants. The competition is open to applicants from a variety of sectors, including individuals, industry, academia, and state and local governments.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186128

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total federal amount requested can be no less than $25,000 and no greater than $300,000.

Term of Contract:

The funding source will award grants or cooperative agreements for a maximum period of two years (24 months), but shorter term project proposals are welcomed.

The earliest start date for projects will be September 1, 2021, dependent upon availability of Federal funding, acceptable completion of all NOAA/applicant negotiations, and the provision of other supporting documentation. Applicants selected to receive funding may be asked to modify the project start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You are eligible to apply for a grant or a cooperative agreement under the Saltonstall- Kennedy Grant Program if:

1. You are a citizen or national of the United States.
2. You represent an entity that is a corporation, partnership, association, or other non-Federal entity, non-profit or otherwise (including Indian Tribes), if such entity is a citizen of the United States, or NMI, within the meaning of section 2 of the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended (46 U.S.C. Section 5050.).
3. You are a citizen of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, or the Federated States of Micronesia.

Applications are encouraged from:

- Individuals, government entities, and businesses in U.S. insular areas.
- Women and minority individuals and groups
- Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), which include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities
- Applications from members of the fishing community and applications that involve fishing community cooperation and participation

You are not eligible to submit an application under this program if you are an employee of any Federal agency; a Regional Fishery Management Council (Council); or an employee of a Council. However, Council members who are not Federal employees can submit an application to the S-K Grant Competition.

Federal employees may not serve as Principal Investigators or Co-Principal Investigators (CoPIs) on any application. However, they may be included as a project partner. NOAA personnel (both federal employees and contractors) cannot serve as CoPIs, but they can be listed as project partners.

The S-K Program will not consider expenses associated with:

- Fees
- Fund-raising activities
- Travel for activities not directly related to project implementation
- Travel or salaries for federal employees
- Profit as allowable costs in the proposed budget

Pre-proposal Conference:

Please join NOAA Fisheries on Thursday, July 9 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM ET for an informational webinar outlining the process for applying to the FY21 S-K Grant Competition.

A Q&A session will follow immediately after the webinar presentation.

Pre-Application Information:


- June 08, 2020: FFO posted on
- June 08–August 07, 2020: Submission period for pre-proposals.
- September 21, 2020: Full proposal submission period opens.
- November 20, 2020: Full proposal submission period closes.

Successful applicants are announced in May of the following year.

Application Process:

- Step 1: Pre-Proposal
All applicants are required to submit a pre-proposal on in advance of a full proposal submission. The Pre-proposal period ends August 07, 2020. If you do not submit a pre-proposal by 11:59 p.m. EST on this date, you will be ineligible to submit a full proposal. NOAA will inform applicants within 45 days of the pre-proposal due date if the S-K Program encourages or discourages submission of a full proposal.

- Step 2: Full Proposal
Full proposals will not be reviewed or evaluated if a pre-proposal was not received and ranked. Full proposals must be received by, postmarked, or provided to a delivery service by 11:59 p.m. EST, November 20, 2020. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit your full application through

Please note that applicants must be registered with in order to apply for funding electronically. The registration process can take up to one month, so it is recommended that applicants start this process as early as possible.

This one-time only registration process for includes obtaining a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, registering in the System for Award Management ( and registering in If you have problems registering for, call the Help Desk

There is no limit on the number of applications you can submit to the S-K grant competition. Multiple proposals submitted must clearly identify different projects.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Regional S-K Program point of contacts:

- Headquarters - Program Manager – Clifford Cosgrove, telephone (301) 427-8736 email:
- Alaska Region: Shawn Carey, telephone: (907) 586-7845; email:
- Greater Atlantic Region: Nicole MacDonald, telephone (978) 281-9229; email:
- Pacific Islands Region: Scott Bloom, telephone: (808) 725-5055; email:
- Southeast Region: Robert Sadler,telephone: (727) 551-5760; email:
- West Coast Region: Kim Raneses, telephone: (206) 526- 6131; email:

For assistance with registration, call the Help Desk (800) 518-4726 for support.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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