Successful applicants are awarded pounds of scallops that have been “set aside” to pay for research expenses; no federal funds are provided. Researchers and fishermen partner to harvest awarded scallops, and the proceeds are used to fund the research and compensate fishing industry partners.
The New England Fishery Management Council sets the research priorities, and NOAA Fisheries administers the competition, oversees awarded projects, and oversees set-aside harvest activities. The research set-aside programs are designed to inform resource management decisions and improve stock assessments. Proposals are evaluated for scientific merit and for relevance to scallop fishery management.
Applicants that propose to conduct a regional scallop survey (Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, or Mid-Atlantic), may submit proposals with a project award period of up to 4 years (2024-2027). All other applications may submit proposals with a project award period of up to 2 years (2024-2025).
Full details on program priorities, eligibility, application and submission, the review and selection process, award information, and more can be found in the related documents posted with the application information.
To proceed with your application or finding out more, click the "Apply" button in the "Overview" box, and search using the grant opportunity number.
An informational webinar on the 2024 scallop RSA NOFO will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on September 8, 2023. NOAA Fisheries and Council staff will be available to answer questions about the funding opportunity, program priorities, the RSA funding mechanism, and vessel permitting.
For more information, contact:
Jonathon Peros, New England Fishery Management Council
Ryan Silva, NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Office