NIFA announces funding opportunity to support aquaculture research projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $1.2 million in available funding for aquaculture research projects in the areas of genetics, disease, production systems, and economics.

This year, NIFA is soliciting applied aquaculture research applications that directly address major constraints to the U.S. aquaculture industry and focus on one or more of the following program area priorities:

  • genetics of commercial aquaculture species;
  • critical disease issues impacting aquaculture species;
  • design of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture production systems; and
  • economic research for increasing aquaculture profitability.

Eligible applicants include state agricultural experiment stations, all colleges and universities, other research institutions and organizations, federal agencies, private organizations or corporations, and individuals for the purpose of conducting research, extension, or education activities to facilitate or expand promising breakthroughs in areas of the food and agricultural sciences of importance to the United States.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. EDT on May 17.