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NORTHEAESTERN REGIONAL AQUACULTURE CENTER
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CURRENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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NRAC REQUEST FOR PRE-PROPOSALS (RFP) FOR FY2025

 

REQUEST FOR PRE-PROPOSALS - now open for application

Pre-Proposals are due by 5:00 pm PDT, September 1, 2024

 

Based on extensive input from aquaculture industry, extension, and research representatives throughout the region, WRAC is seeking Pre-Proposals for nine research areas, which are listed in the RFP.

 

WRAC’s planning process for new research & outreach projects covers an 18-month period, which includes:

  • identification and prioritization of research areas

  • solicitation and review of pre-proposals

  • selection of proposals for development and implementation

 

For details about the RFP process, review the links below. The final selection of projects includes anonymous external review by at least three peers from outside the Northeast Region (when possible).

 

Funding for approved projects begins September 1, 2025 (contingent upon timely receipt of funds from USDA-NIFA) and continues for up to four years.

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Learn More:

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​NRAC has approximately $700,000 for project funding available in the fall of 2025.

Each project can be funded up to $300,000.

 

Your pre-proposal must have a funded Extension component, multistate participation and Logic Model.​

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NRAC TARGETED RESEARCH AREAS

2025

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The following targeted research areas have been prepared by the NRAC Technical and Industry Advisory Council and approved by the Board of Directors.

 

Pre-proposals that address the targeted research area will receive equal consideration.

 

Aquaculture commodities chosen for study should have proven or have viable economic potential for commercial development in the Northeast region. Collaborative partnership(s) with appropriate industry sector(s) or firm(s) is highly encouraged. Projects that promise to produce tangible impact-driven end-products that are of direct use or value to particular aquaculture businesses or addresses key bottlenecks to aquaculture operations or marketing are preferred.

 

NRAC encourages a diversity of research and investigators to advance aquaculture (including aquaponics) in the Northeast as it relates to species, production systems, applications, and markets.

 

NRAC supports projects that occur in either marine or freshwater environments, at sea or on land, and in urban centers or rural settings. Aquaculture organisms are always primarily aquatic and include finfish, shellfish, or invertebrates, seaweed, other aquatic plants, and microalgae.

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PRIORITY STATEMENT: TRA-25-1

Goal:

To improve the opportunities for growth and sustainability of the aquaculture industry by focusing on areas of economic, environmental, and social impacts at all industry stages (i.e., product life-cycle curve):

  • New/young businesses: issues affecting barriers to entry, assisting market or industry segment entrants 

 

  • Established businesses: issues affecting scalability and growth as demands increase

  • Mature businesses: issues affecting sustainability and maintenance such as the development of new market opportunities or diversification

 

Statement of Opportunity:

Aquaculture in the northeast region includes a diversity of species, systems, and industries. NRAC funds projects that focus on all aspects of aquaculture and emphasize outcomes leading to development and sustainable growth of the industry. Members of the IAC have identified the following challenges as major constraints:

 

  • Access to capital Operation siting

  • Navigating the regulatory environment

  • Education-to-workforce pipeline

  • Infrastructure needs and/or shortfalls

  • Improving efficiency and optimizing production

  • Management of disease and biological security 

  • Practical responses to environmental interactions and change, and identifying potential market and policy solutions

  • Industry-wide strategic planning

  • Industry reputation and market/public acceptance

  • Market development expansion and diversification

NRAC welcomes proposals that address these identified issues, as well as other issues that advance aquaculture in the Northeast.  NRAC funds multistate, outcome-based research.  Project deliverables should be clearly specified.  Collaboration with industry and/or extension is required.  These individuals must be identified, and their participation explicitly detailed in the proposal.  Communicating and disseminating effective science-based information about aquaculture and evaluating impacts are central to the NRAC mission.  Dissemination plans should be clearly outlined in every proposal.

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The Northeast region stands as the undisputed global leader in aquaculture innovation, driving industry growth to bolster economic vitality, all while steadfastly preserving aquatic ecosystems and championing conservation efforts for generations to come.




 

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