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Northeast Cooperative Research Program

Current Funding Opportunities

2017/2018 Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program

Proposals due October 7, 2016

NMFS, in coordination with the New England Fishery Management Council (Council), is soliciting Atlantic Sea Scallop (scallop) research proposals to utilize scallops that have been set-aside by the Council to fund scallop research endeavors through the 2017/2018 Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program. No federal funds are provided for research under this notification. Rather, proceeds generated from the sale of set-aside scallops will be used to fund research activities and compensate vessels that participate in research activities and/or harvest set-aside quota.

The 2017/2018 Atlantic Sea Scallop Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) is summarized below and attached. To apply for this NOAA FFO, go to www.grants.gov, and use the following funding opportunity #: NOAA-NMFS-NEFSC-2017-2004963.

Complete proposals/applications must be received on or before 5 p.m. EDT on 10/07/2016. Proposals received after the established deadline will be rejected and returned to the sender without consideration. For proposals submitted through www.Grants.gov, a date and time receipt indication will be the basis of determining timeliness. The proposal must be validated by Grants.gov in order to be considered timely. PLEASE NOTE: It may take Grants.gov up to two (2) business days to validate or reject the application. Please keep this in mind in developing your submission timeline. For those without access to the Internet, one signed original and two hard copy applications must be postmarked or received by the established due date for the program at the following address: Cheryl A. Corbett, NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543, ATTN: 2017/2018 Atlantic Scallop Research Set-Aside Program.

Projects funded under the Atlantic Sea Scallop RSA Program must enhance the understanding of the scallop resource or contribute to scallop fishery management decisions. Priority is given to funding research proposals addressing the list of 2017 and 2018 Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Priorities listed in the FFO. Applicants responding to scallop survey priorities are encouraged to review and consider the findings of the Scallop Survey Methodologies Peer Review, which was convened by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in March 2015. This includes efforts to increase the level of coordination between scallop survey efforts. Reports and additional information for this peer review are posted at: http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/saw/scallop-2015.

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