Today, NOAA Fisheries announced recommendations to fund 38 projects for almost $9 million under the 2018 Saltonstall-Kennedy Competitive Grants Program. The list of projects fall into four categories: Marine Aquaculture; Adapting to Environmental Changes and Other Long Term Impacts in Marine Ecosystems; Promotion, Development and Marketing; and Territorial Science.
For more than 40 years, NOAA has awarded grant funding for projects under the Saltonstall-Kennedy program to individuals, institutions, organizations, and businesses across the country. S-K funds help address the needs of fishing communities, support economic opportunities, and build and maintain resilient and sustainable fisheries.
Demand for funding through S-K was high again this year. Initially, NOAA received 517 pre-proposals. Out of that number, 155 full proposals requesting nearly $40 million were reviewed by at least three subject matter experts during the Technical Merit Review phase. The top 87 scoring proposals advanced to the Constituent Panel Reviews where each proposal was then reviewed and scored by 15 subject matter experts from the fishing industry and community. Based on that, the top 38 proposals have been recommended for 2018 funding.
At this point in the selection process, the application approval and recommended funding is not final. Divisions of NOAA and the Department of Commerce, NOAA’s parent agency, must still give final approval before successful applicants receive funding by October 2018.