ATTENTION: FOR FY2020 COMPETITION
The Marine Fisheries Initiative (MARFIN) grant program comprises external and in-house competitions. External awards can be up to three years, and in-house projects are one year. The total external award amount is approved at the outset and funding for each successive year is obligated annually. As a result, for each year, funds are allocated first to existing awards and then the balance is split between the external and in-house competitions. Unfortunately, after accounting for the high number of multi-year grants awarded in the past two years, we will not have sufficient funds in FY20 to run a robust external competition that would result in more than two awards. We are committed to conducting a full-scale external competition again in FY21 and expect to publish a funding opportunity in Summer 2021. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. After discussions with the MARFIN review panel, we didn’t think it fair to applicants to fund only two applications considering the significant amount of time and effort that goes into crafting a proposal. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kelly Donnelly at 727-551-5731 or email@example.com. Thank you for your interest in the MARFIN program.
NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Region, is seeking proposals under the Marine Fisheries Initiative Program (MARFIN) for research and development projects that optimize the use of fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and off the South Atlantic states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, involving the U.S. fishing industry (recreational and commercial), including fishery biology, resources assessment, socio-economic assessment, management and conservation, selected harvesting methods, and fish handling and processing. This program addresses NOAA's mission goal "Healthy Oceans."
MARFIN promotes and endorses programs which seek to optimize economic and social benefits from marine fishery resources through cooperative efforts that evoke the best research and management talents of the Southeast Region. The intent is to focus projects funded by MARFIN into cooperative efforts that provide clear answers for fishery needs covered by the NMFS Strategic Plan. MARFIN provides a necessary programmatic integration through cooperative planning, the accomplishment of program activities, and an annual MARFIN conference.
Who Can Apply?
Eligible applicants may be institutions of higher education, nonprofits, individuals, and state, local, and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible. Foreign governments, organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments, and international organizations are excluded for purposes of this solicitation since the objective of the MARFIN program is to optimize research and development benefits from U.S. marine fishery resources.
How to Apply
The standard application package is available at Grants.gov. If you do not have internet access, or if Grants.gov is inaccessible, you can obtain an application package by contacting Kelly Donnelly, Federal Grants Program Manager, NOAA/NMFS/SERO, 263 13th Avenue S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: (727) 551-5731, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When to Apply
Applications must be received by Grants.gov, postmarked, or provided to a delivery service by TBA, Eastern Daylight Savings Time, TBA. Use of Grants.gov is preferred.
If Grants.gov cannot be used, use of U.S. mail or another delivery service must be documented with a receipt; private metered postmarks are not acceptable. Applications received more than 5 business days following the closing date will not be accepted. No facsimile or electronic mail applications will be accepted.
Please note: Validation or rejection of your application by Grants.gov may take up to 2 business days after submission. Please consider this process in developing your submission timeline. Applications not adhering to postmark or submission deadlines will be rejected and returned to the sender without further consideration.
- TBA: Federal Funding Opportunity posted on Grants.gov.
- TBA: Submission period.
- TBA: Archive date.