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Saltonstall-Kennedy (S-K) Grant Competition

Grants and Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, Corporations,
and Individuals for Projects to Enhance the Viability of U.S. Fisheries

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U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

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11/29/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants and cooperative agreements to USA and Compact Free Associations nonprofit organizations, corporations, and individuals for research and development projects related to U.S. fisheries. An initial-stage proposal is required prior to the submission of the full proposal. In addition, applicants are advised that the pre-registration process may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support 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 Saltonstall-Kennedy Act established a fund (known as the S-K fund) used by the Secretary of Commerce to provide grants or cooperative agreements for fisheries research and development projects addressing aspects of U.S. fisheries, including, but not limited to, harvesting, processing, marketing, and associated business infrastructures. Grants and cooperative agreements are made to assist in carrying out projects to expand domestic and foreign markets related to U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries. The term “fisheries” encompasses wild capture, marine aquaculture, and recreational fishing. 

The objective of the S-K Research and Development Program (known as the S-K Program) is to address the needs of the fisheries and 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 use existing infrastructure to support keeping working waterfronts viable. U.S. fisheries include any fishery, commercial or recreational, 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.

The objective 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.

NMFS seeks applications that demonstrate direct benefits to the U.S. fishing industries and applications which involve fishing community participation aimed at helping fishing communities to resolve issues that affect their ability to fish. U.S. fisheries include any marine fishery (including the Great Lakes), commercial or recreational, that is, or may be, engaged in by citizens or nationals of the United States or other eligible applicants. The S-K Grant Competition is open to applicants from a variety of sectors, including individuals, industry, academia, and state and local governments.

Applications may address one or more of the two priorities listed below.

  1. Promotion, Development, and Marketing
  2. Science or Technology that Promotes Sustainable U.S. Seafood Production and Harvesting

More about these priority areas can be found in the NOFO, page 6. See Attached Files, below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186128

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Expected Number of Awards: 50

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $300,000
- Award Floor: $25,000

Term of Contract:

Applications beyond a 24 month duration will not be considered. The requested award start date must begin on the first day of the month and end on the last day of the month. Project start dates will be no earlier then September 1, 2022 and no later then March 1, 2023, dependent upon availability of Federal funding as provided by Congress, acceptable completion of all NOAA/applicant negotiations including National Environmental Policy Act analysis and permit requirements, and the provision of other supporting documentation as requested. Applicants selected to receive funding may be asked to modify the project start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

1. You are a citizen or national of the United States.
2. You represent an entity that is a corporation, partnership, association, or other nonfederal entity, non-profit or otherwise (including Indian tribes), if such entity is a citizen of the United States within the meaning of Section 2 of the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended (46 U.S.C. app. 802).
3. You are a citizen of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, or the Federated States of Micronesia.

Applications are encouraged from:
- Individuals, government entities, and businesses in U.S. insular areas.
- Women and minority individuals and groups
- Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), which include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities
- Applications from members of the fishing community and applications that involve fishing community cooperation and participation

You are not eligible to submit an application under this program if you are an employee of any Federal agency; a Regional Fishery Management Council (Council); or an employee of a Council. However, Council members who are not Federal employees can submit an application to the S-K Grant Competition.

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

Please join NMFS on Wednesday July 14, 2021 from 4-5pm ET for a webinar hosted by the S-K Program discussing the FY22 S-K Grant Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity that was published at on June 18th.

FY22 S-K NOFO Webinar Info:
Time: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 4:00 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Event number: 199 806 0963
Event password: noaa (6622 from phones)

Pre-Application Information:

- June 18, 2021: NOFO posted on
- June 18–August 16, 2021: Submission period for pre-proposals.
- September 30, 2021: Full proposal submission period opens.
- November 29, 2021: Full proposal submission period closes.

The FY22 solicitation will close on November 29, 2021. Successful applicants are announced in May of the following year.

Step 1: Pre-proposal: The Pre-proposal period ends August 16, 2021. If you do not submit a pre-proposal by 11:59 p.m. EST on August 16, 2021, you will be ineligible to submit a full proposal. For this solicitation, all applicants are required to submit a pre-proposal in advance of a full proposal submission. To apply, go to and click “Apply” to the “PRE PROPOSALS FY22 Saltonstall-Kennedy.”
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, November 29, 2021. To submit your full proposal, go to the announcement and click “Apply” to the “FULL PROPOSALS FY22 Saltonstall Kennedy.”

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

Please note that applicants must be registered with in order to apply for funding electronically. The registration process can take up to one month, so it is recommended that applicants start this process as early as possible.

There is no limit on the number of applications you can submit to the S-K grant competition. Multiple proposals submitted must clearly identify different projects.

Cost-sharing (also known as match) is not required. Cost sharing is voluntary and will not increase your chances of your project being selected.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Regional S-K Program point of contacts:

- Headquarters - Program Manager – Clifford Cosgrove, telephone (301) 427-8736 email:
- Alaska Region: Shawn Carey, telephone: (907) 586-7845; email:
- West Coast Region: Desmond Gelman, (206) 526-6131,
- Pacific Islands Region: Scott Bloom, telephone: (808) 944-2218; email:
- Greater Atlantic Region: Nicole MacDonald, telephone (978) 281-9330; email:
- Southeast Region: Kim Raneses, (727) 551-5760,

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USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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