Special Research Grants Program - Aquaculture Research

Funding Agency:
US Department of Agriculture

NIFA requests applications for the Special Research Grants for Aquaculture Research competitive grants program for fiscal year (FY) 2024. The amount available for grants in FY2024 is approximately $1.936 million. If this program receives appropriated funds in FY2025, meritorious projects identified in the FY2024 competition that were not able to receive support in FY2024 may be supported using FY2025 funds. In this case, a separate RFA may not be issued for the FY2025 funds.

This program funds applied aquaculture research projects to address issues related to:
1) Genetics of commercial aquaculture species; 2) Critical disease issues impacting commercial aquaculture species; 3) Design of environmentally and economically sustainable commercial aquaculture production systems; 4) Development of climate resilient technologies, production systems, and/or management strategies for commercial aquaculture species; or 5) Economic research for increasing commercial aquaculture profitability.

Deadline: April 15, 2024

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants include: a) State Agricultural Experiment Stations; b) colleges and universities (including junior colleges offering associate degrees or higher); c) university research foundations; d) other research institutions and organizations; e) Federal agencies; f) national laboratories; g) private organizations or corporations; h) individuals who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents; and i) any group consisting of two or more entities identified in a) through h). Eligible institutions do not include foreign and international organizations.

Duplicate Submissions – duplicate submissions are not allowed. NIFA will disqualify both applications if an applicant submits duplicate submissions.

Amount Description

AVERAGE AWARD RANGE: $50,000 - $300,000 

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

April 15, 2024