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$10 million in funding available from NOAA for fisheries

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Staff Writer | July 27, 2016
NOAA Fisheries announced the availability of approximately $10 million in funding for projects focusing on sustainable fisheries and coastal fishing communities.
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Saltonstall-Kennedy   One of the primary ways NOA supports fishing
Also, changes to how stakeholders apply for the grants - the 2017 round of NOAA’s Saltonstall-Kennedy grants - will help applicants sharpen their submissions for greater success.

The new “pre-proposal” process asks applicants to briefly show the technical merits and relevance of their project before they submit a full proposal. Applicants will then either be encouraged to submit a full proposal or given feedback how to improve their submission. A pre-proposal is required in order to be eligible to submit a full proposal.

“The Saltonstall-Kennedy grants are one of the primary ways NOAA Fisheries supports fisheries and fishing community research each year,” said Eileen Sobeck, assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries.

“We want to make sure all stakeholders interested in applying and have fresh ideas about improving fisheries sustainability and coastal community resilience are well-informed about the application process.”

This new process builds upon improvements made to the program in 2016 which increased transparency and expanded stakeholder participation in the review process. Proposals undergo a rigorous evaluation process, including extensive technical review both within the agency and by an external constituent panel before final agency review.

The 2017 deadline for pre-proposals is September 20, 2016. Information on eligibility and application requirements can be found at and the Saltonstall-Kennedy grant program website. NOAA will hold online webinars to introduce the new application process and address questions this August.