Apr 30, 2020

FY2020 Request for Pre-Proposals

Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture
Due Friday, June 5 2020

New for FY2020! CTSA is now using a standard Pre-Proposal form. Click here to download the CTSA Pre-Proposal Form (Word Format)

The Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture (CTSA) requests pre-proposals for applied research and extension that addresses problems and opportunities in the regional aquaculture industry.

CTSA stakeholders have identified the below strategic areas and species as the top aquaculture development priorities for this funding cycle. Pre-proposals that target these strategic areas and priority species will receive highest preference. However, pre-proposals that do not fall under specific priority areas but address CTSA’s mission will also be considered in our development process. Our main focus is on funding projects that will have immediate, positive impacts on the regional aquaculture industry.

CTSA’s mission is to support aquaculture research, development, demonstration, and extension education in order to enhance viable and profitable aquaculture in the United States. CTSA is funded by an annual grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The current CTSA region includes the following areas: American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau. Pre-proposals should utilize innovative approaches that take into account the unique environmental situation of the region.  One of CTSA’s primary goals is capacity building. Accordingly, we strongly encourage collaboration between institutions and agencies in the region, as well as shared funding of large priority projects. Cultivating strong regional partnerships will catalyze the greatest changes in our industry, and projects that demonstrate an understanding of this principal are more likely to be supported.


Marine Finfish Technology
CTSA will consider proposals to increase local and/or regional production of food fish, especially herbivorous or omnivorous species. CTSA will also consider proposals to develop hatchery technology for marine ornamental fish from the perspectives of both supplying the marine aquarium market and conservation/stock enhancement purposes. 

CTSA will consider proposals to produce economically important macroalgae and microalgae for human consumption, aquatic feeds, and other innovative applications. 

Disease Management
CTSA will consider proposals to further enhance regional disease diagnostic services. There is a need to formulate a vision for current and especially future disease management services to keep our region disease free. The ideal proposal will incorporate protocols such as 1) rapid testing, 2) development of a database to track diseases and inform stakeholders of the latest information, 3) utilization of genetics to mitigate diseases, and/or 4) other emerging innovations in biosecurity and disease management.

Innovations in Aquaculture Technology
CTSA will consider proposals to develop, investigate and/or adapt innovative aquaculture technologies for regional use, including alternative energy, site-specific RAS for the CTSA region, blockchain and/or supply chain tracking and information, and animal reproduction and genetic improvement.

Hawaiian Fishponds
CTSA will consider proposals to support the revitalization of Hawaiian Fishponds, with a focus on seed/fingerling supply of desirable species and pond management such as optimization of water quality, mitigation of invasive species and product food safety.

CTSA will consider proposals that present thoughtful and innovative solutions to current and clearly identified industry problems that we may have missed while gathering industry feedback. For example, proposals that seek to address aquaponics food safety and water quality management.

Pre-proposals that do not follow the guidelines outlined in this section will be rejected.
New for FY2020: CTSA is now using a standard form for all pre-proposal submissions. Pre-proposal forms received by the deadline, 5pm HST Friday June 5 2020, will be reviewed by CTSA’s Industry Advisory Council (IAC) and Technical Committee (TC). Only pre-proposals that receive a majority of votes will move forward with requests for a full proposal. Full proposals will receive both internal and external review for technical quality and industry impact. Not all full proposals may be awarded. Full proposals approved by the CTSA Board of Directors and the USDA as part of the CTSA FY20 Plan of Work are expected to have funding available for implementation by July 2021. CTSA typically does not fund projects for more than $100,000 per year. However, a project will not be automatically rejected if it exceeds that amount. CTSA gives preference to projects that will deliver the most benefits at the lowest cost. Due to its limited budget, CTSA will distribute funding to the highest ranked proposals until it has exhausted all available funds.

Eligible Applicants
Universities, community colleges, or nonprofit research institutions and organizations from the CTSA region must lead project execution. Private individuals or commercial companies are welcome to participate in research work but cannot act as the prime contractor for any project.

Pre-Proposal Guidelines
CTSA is now using a standard form for all pre-proposal submissions. Researchers must fully complete and submit the pre-proposal form by the deadline. Click here to download the CTSA Pre-Proposal Form (Word Format) or request a Form via email from .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Although an individual may submit a maximum of three pre-proposal forms, a researcher can act as principal investigator to only two projects in a single funding cycle. Please adhere to word count limits in the pre-proposal form.

How to Submit
Please e-mail pre-proposal forms to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by 5pm HST, Friday June 5, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Meredith Brooks via e-mail or by telephone at (808) 292-1323. If necessary, pre-proposals may be faxed to (808) 956-4042 or mailed to the following address:

Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture
c/o HNFAS, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
University of Hawaii at Manoa
1955 East West Road, Ag. Sci. 216
Honolulu, HI 96822

Click here to download the CTSA Pre-Proposal Form (Word Format)