NOAA -- 2019-2021 Atlantic Herring Research Set Aside

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

NMFS, in coordination with the New England Fishery Management Council (Council), is soliciting Atlantic Herring (herring) research to utilize quota set aside by the Council to fund herring research endeavors through the 2019-2021 Herring RSA Program. No Federal funds are provided for research under this notification. Rather, proceeds generated from the sale of RSA quota will be used to fund research activities and/or harvest setaside quota.

Projects funded under the Atlantic Herring RSA Program must enhance the knowledge of Atlantic herring fishery resources or contribute to the body of information on which Council management decisions are made. Priority will be given to herring research proposals that investigate research priorities identified by the Council, which are detailed under the Program Priorities section of this announcement.

Deadline: Sep. 20, 2018

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, individuals, and state, local, and Native American tribal governments. Federal agencies and institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice. Additionally, employees of any Federal agency or Regional Fishery Management (RFM) Council, as well as RFM Council Members, are ineligible to submit an application under this program.

DOC/NOAA supports cultural and gender diversity and encourages women and minority individuals and groups to submit applications to the RSA program. In addition, DOC/NOAA is strongly committed to broadening the participation of historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and institutions that work in underserved areas. DOC/NOAA encourages proposals involving any of the above institutions.

Amount Description

No Federal funds are provided for research under this notification. Rather, funds generated from the sale of landed herring RSA quota shall be used to cover the cost of research activities, including vessel costs. The Federal Government is not liable for any costs incurred by the researcher or vessel owner, should the sale of set-aside quota not fully reimburse the researcher or vessel owner for their expenses. Any additional funds generated through the sale of set-aside landings, above the cost of the research activities, shall be retained by the vessel owner as compensation for the use of his/her vessel. 

Funding Type



Women and minorities encouraged


Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

September 20, 2018