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Saltonstall-Kennedy Research and Development Program

The S-K Program helps fishing communities optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, dealing with impacts of conservation and management measures, and increasing opportunities that keep working waterfronts viable.

The Saltonstall-Kennedy (S-K) Program began in 1954 when the S-K Act was signed into law. The Act established a fund used by the Secretary of Commerce to provide grants and cooperative agreements for fisheries research and development projects addressing any aspect of U.S. fisheries including but not limited to harvesting, processing and marketing. This fund is delegated to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and Congress directs funding be used for activities related to marine fisheries research, promotion, development and marketing.


The goal of the S-K Program is to address the needs of fishing communities in optimizing economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries and practices, dealing with the impacts of conservation and management measures,  and increasing other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable. The S-K Program facilitates this goal by means of the annual Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Competition through which NMFS awards grants in marine fishery projects ranging in funding from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $300,000.

S-K Grant Competition

NOAA Fisheries seeks applications that demonstrate direct benefits to the U.S. marine fishing and aquaculture industries. U.S. marine fisheries include any commercial fishery, recreational fishery, or aquaculture operation that is, or may be, engaged in by citizens or nationals of the United States or other eligible applicants. The competition is open to applicants from a variety of sectors, including individuals, industry, academia, and state and local governments. NMFS seeks applications under the following two priorities (please click the link below for a complete description of the FY 22 S-K Grant Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity):

  • Priority 1: Promotion, Development and Marketing
  • Priority 2: Science of Technology that Promotes Sustainable U.S. Seafood Production and Harvesting

More Information About the S-K Grant Competition and the FY22 S-K Notice of Funding Opportunity

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Last updated by Office of Management and Budget on June 24, 2021