NEW Sea Grant-NMFS “on Assignment” Program

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A new Sea Grant-NMFS Exchange program has been established to expand the partnership between NMFS and Sea Grant and improve the services each provides to stakeholders. The Exchange Program will award funds for personnel exchanges or assignments between Sea Grant programs and a NMFS Science Center.

About the Assignments

Assignments can range between one and twelve months. Funding for the Exchange Program is for travel support and project-related costs, not for salary and fringe benefits. Similar funding will be available for Sea Grant employees selected to participate in the Exchange Program through a separate selection process.

What would selected NMFS participants do?

NMFS participants will be expected to work closely with experienced Sea Grant outreach professionals to promote and launch NMFS products and services to potential stakeholders. NMFS Applicants must identify at least one NMFS product or activity they have worked on that supports Sea Grant’s goal of “A safe, secure and sustainable supply of seafood to meet public demand.” Program participants should be expected to undertake activities that do one or more of the following:

  • Increase the understanding of the dynamics of wild fish populations and the communities that depend on them among fishery management and fishermen;
  • Increase the knowledge within the seafood industry about innovative technologies, approaches, and policies;
  • Increase the knowledge among commercial and recreational fishermen about efficient and responsible fishing techniques;
  • Share innovative marketing strategies within the commercial fishing industry;
  • Share economically viable techniques and processes with the seafood processing industry to ensure the production and delivery of safe and healthy seafood.


  • Proposals for the Exchange Program should be sent to no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on May 27, 2015.
  • It is anticipated that successful applicants will be notified by July 17, 2015 and awards are expected to be made by September 30, 2015.
  • The project start date must be between September 1, 2015 and May 1, 2016. The Award will provide travel and project-related support for between one and twelve months.

How to apply

  • Click here for a full description of the application process and required elements.



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