Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Pre-RFP RELEASE: Aquaculture & Fisheries Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP)

Oregon State University will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) in late November 2006. The RFP will invite 30-month proposals for the period of 1 April 2007 through 30 September 2009. Based on current budget projections, about 8 awards of approximately $400,000 each will be made to eligible U.S. universities or colleges to serve as Lead Partners. Eligibility will be specified in the RFP.

Awards made under the RFP will focus on aquaculture and the nexus between aquaculture and fisheries. Fisheries-only topics will not be addressed under this RFP. Projects are envisioned to comprise many partners in a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional approach to solve a development problem. Lead Partners are expected to assume strong administrative and technical leadership for projects, be involved in advisory groups serving the overall program, and form collaborative partnerships through sub-awards to developing country institutions, NGOs, IARCs, private sector firms, and other U.S. universities or colleges. Matching support (non-federal cost share) is required and will be specified in the RFP. Proposals will be peer-reviewed through an open and competitive process.

The Aquaculture & Fisheries CRSP is a brand new 5-year program awarded to Oregon State University on 29 September 2006 by USAID. CRSP funding is provided by USAID, OSU, and its partners. Activities under the concurrent Aquaculture CRSP can be viewed at http://pdacrsp.oregonstate.edu. The goal of the new Aquaculture & Fisheries CRSP is to “develop more comprehensive, sustainable, ecological and socially compatible, and economically viable aquaculture systems and innovative fisheries management systems in developing countries that contribute to poverty alleviation and food security.”

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