The Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program


The Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program funds projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable.

The 2018 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant competition is currently closed. If you did not submit a pre-proposal by 11:59 p.m. EST on October 10, 2017, you are ineligible to submit a full proposal.

This year's solicitation consisted of two separate submission processes. All interested applicants were required a two page Pre-Proposal to the Full Funding Opportunity posted at Applicants interested in submitting a full application after the pre-proposal review process must submit it through

Please note that under this one Full Funding Opportunity there are two competition links. All pre-proposals should have been submitted to the “PRE PROPOSALS FY18 Saltonstall-Kennedy” link within the dates specified in this FFO.  Please be sure to submit your FULL Proposals to the “FULL Proposals FY18 Saltonstall Kennedy” link prior to the date specified in this FFO. Be sure to read the FFO and follow the directions closely.

The FY18 solicitation seeks applications that fall into one of four priorities:

  • Marine Aquaculture.
  • Adapting to Environmental Changes and Other Long Term Impacts in Marine Ecosystem.
  • Promotion, Development, and Marketing.
  • Territorial Science.

For more information, please contact us 

Application Process

Who Can Apply?

You are eligible to apply for a grant or cooperative agreement under the SK Grant Program if:

  • You are a citizen or national of the United States.
  • You are a citizen of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, or the Federated States of Micronesia.
  • You represent an entity that is a corporation, partnership, association, or other non-Federal entity, non-profit or otherwise (including Indian Tribes), if such entity is a citizen of the United States, or NMI, within the meaning of section 2 of the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended (46 U.S.C. Section 5050.).

You are not eligible to submit an application under this program if:

  • You are an employee of any Federal agency.
  • You are an employee of a Regional Fishery Management Council.
  • You represent a Regional Fishery Management Council.

However, Council members who are not Federal employees can submit an application to the SK Program.

Federal employees may not serve as Principal Investigators (PIs) or Co-Principal Investigators (CoPIs) on any application. However, they may be included as a project partner. NOAA personnel (both Federal employees or contractors) cannot serve as Co-PIs, but they can be listed as project partners.

For the full eligibility requirements please review section III Eligibility Information, of the SK FFO.

How to Apply

There is no limit on the number of applications you can submit to the S-K Grant Program. Multiple proposals submitted must clearly identify different projects, and must be successful in the competitive review process.

Step 1: Pre-proposal

NOTE: The Pre-Proposal period has ended. If you did not submit a pre-proposal by 11:59 p.m. EST on October 10, 2017, you are ineligible to submit a full proposal. 

For this solicitation all applicants were required to submit a pre-proposal in advance of a full proposal submission.  The pre-proposal process is intended to provide an indication to potential applicants of the technical merit and the relevancy of the proposed project to the SK program before preparing a full proposal.  When drafting a pre-proposal, applicants should clearly convey the management impact and applicability of their proposed research for the priority area to which they are applying. Late or incomplete pre-proposals, as well as those that deviate from content or format requirements, will not be reviewed by NOAA.  

  1. Go to (recommended browser: Internet Explorer).
  2. Click “Applicants” tab and select “Apply for Grants”.
  3. Click  “Get Application Package”.
  4. Enter the SK Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NMFS-FHQ- 2018-2005332.
  5. Click “Apply” to the “PRE PROPOSALS FY18 Saltonstall Kennedy”.

The SF-424 form will serve as a cover page to the pre-proposal. Each pre-proposal may not exceed two pages, single-spaced in at least 12 point font and must provide:

  • Title of project.
  • Background section that sets the stage for the work and identifies which singular priority found in Section I.B (in the FFO) that the pre-proposal addresses directly.
  • Rationale of why the work should be conducted and how it is relevant to the SK Program.
  • Clear statement of objectives and general methodology to be used.
  • Identification of required permits (i.e. ESA, MMPA) and permit numbers, if applicable.
  • Estimated budget amount.

Pre-proposals must be received at under the competition link named “PRE PROPOSALS FY18 Saltonstall-Kennedy,” postmarked, or provided to a delivery service by 11:59 p.m. EST, October 10, 2017, 60 days after the posting date of the Federal Funding Opportunity.

Reviewers will assign scores to pre-proposals ranging from 0-40 points based on the four evaluation criteria below. Scoring will be determined by subject matter experts in a process similar to that used at the full proposal stage, providing scores for:

  • How well the proposal addresses the needs of the fishing communities.
  • Technical merit (realistic and timely objectives and appropriate design).
  • Relevance to Program Goals.
  • Involvement/collaboration with the fishing community, industry, or stakeholders.

NOAA will inform applicants, within 30 days of the pre-proposal due date, if the SK Program encourages or discourages submission of a full proposal.

Step 2: Full Proposal

Full proposals will not be reviewed or evaluated if a pre-proposal was not received and ranked. Full proposals must be received by, postmarked, or provided to a delivery service by 11:59 p.m. EST, January 8, 2018. The submission of your full SK application through, the online portal to all Federal grant opportunities, is strongly encouraged.

  1. Go to (recommended browser: Internet Explorer).
  2. Click “Applicants” tab and select “Apply for Grants”.
  3. Click  “Get Application Package”.
  4. Enter the SK Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NMFS-FHQ- 2018-2005332.
  5. Click “Apply” to the “FULL Proposals FY18 Saltonstall Kennedy”.

Please note applicants must be registered with in order to apply for funding electronically. The registration process can take up to one month, so we recommend that applicants start this process as early as possible. Further instructions on how to register with are available.

Detailed guidance on how to prepare proposals is provided in the SK FFO. This document should be read carefully to ensure that proposals meet eligibility requirements and are complete upon submission. Complete instructions for preparing and submitting proposals are also available through; however, here are some important requirements for your full proposal:

  • The applicant should describe in detail in the detailed Project Narrative (also known as the “Statement of Work”) the nature and degree of participation of any NOAA entity in the project.
  • In the section of your proposal for “data sharing plan” describe the data you will be collecting and what you plan to do with them.
  • You are required to provide detailed information on your program activities to help proposal reviewers understand the potential environmental effects of your project.

The total Federal amount requested can be no less than $25,000 and no greater than $300,000, for up to a two-year period (24 months), including direct and indirect costs. Project applications that request funding outside of this range will not be accepted or reviewed.

The S-K Program will not consider expenses associated with:

  • Fees.
  • Fund-raising activities.
  • Travel for activities not directly related to project implementation.
  • Travel or salaries for Federal employees.
  • Profit as allowable costs in the proposed budget.

The total costs of a project consist of all allowable costs incurred in accomplishing project activities during the project period. Project costs can only include support for activities conducted between the effective start date and end date of the award, and cannot include activities undertaken either before or after the agreed upon dates. Applicants will not be reimbursed for time expended or costs incurred in developing a project or in preparing an application, or in any discussions or negotiations with the agency prior to the award.

More details about budget information can be found in the FAQ and in the SK FFO.

When to Apply

The annual SK solicitation, published this year on on August 11, 2017, is generally published in the fiscal year before the fiscal year in which the awards are made. The FY18 solicitation will close on January 8, 2018.  Successful applicants are announced in August of the following year.

It is recommended to confirm that you–an individual or an organization(s) interested in applying for a grant–are registered with If you are not registered, register immediately. The entire registration process can take up to one month to complete so it is important to begin this process as early as possible.

This one-time only registration process for includes obtaining a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, registering in the System for Award Management ( and registering in If you have problems registering for, call the Help Desk (1-800-518-4726) for support.

Additionally, NOAA Fisheries will be conducting a webinar on how to find and apply for Fiscal Year 2018 Saltonstall-Kennedy Funding.



August 11: FFO posted on

August 11–October 10: Submission period for pre-proposals.

November 9: Archive date.


January 8: Deadline for full proposals provided you previously submitted a pre-proposal.

Need Help?

Clifford Cosgrove

S-K Program Manager
Phone: 301-427-8736

Last updated by Office of Management & Budget on 06/28/2018