VIMS Fishery Resource Grant Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

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Anticipated deadline: Jan 15, 2021 2:00pm PST

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Fisheries

Applicant type: Individuals, Organizations

Funding uses: Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Virginia

Location of residency: Virginia

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The Marine Advisory Program (MAP) at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is accepting applications to compete for funding as part of the Virginia Fishery Resource Grant Program (VFRGP). The Virginia Legislature created the Fishery Resource Grant Program to “protect and enhance the Commonwealth’s coastal fishery resource through the awarding of grants” in four areas:

  • new marine fisheries equipment or gear;
  • environmental pilot studies on issues including water quality and fisheries habitat;
  • aquaculture or mariculture of marine-dependent species; and
  • seafood technology.

A basic principle of the VFRGP is that people in the industry often have valid ideas for enhancing and protecting fisheries, but they lack the financial resources to experiment with innovations. The VFRGP invests in ideas generated by the fishing public through fair and competitive methods.

The legislation established the four priority areas noted above. Specific priorities within the four topic areas have been approved by the VFRGP Advisory Board and are noted below. All proposals submitted within the limits of the Guidelines for Submission will be accepted and reviewed for technical merit and the ability to address one or more of the specific priorities listed.

Priority Areas

New Fisheries Equipment and Gear 

This priority area seeks proposals that focus on the development of less environmentally destructive gear, bycatch reduction, more effective ways to handle catch and the development of information leading to fishery management plans for key species and groups. 

Environmental Pilot Studies 

This priority area seeks proposals that focus on ways to restore damaged habitat, create new habitat, prevent habitat impairment or reduce impact from fishing or aquaculture activities. 


This priority area seeks proposals that focus on ways to develop criteria and assessment for permits, increase return from investment in culture activities or introduce new species to the existing aquaculture list to broaden the participation in commercial aquaculture. 

Seafood Technology and Utilization 

This priority area seeks proposals that develop value-added products from existing production, the utilization of underused or new fishery resources, develop models for total quality system management programs or increase returns in the seafood industry by improving packaging and handling.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be eligible for funding under the Fishery Resource Grant Program, each proposal must substantially involve Virginians who are actively involved in a fishing industry (defined as persons involved in commercial activities relating to fishery resources, aquaculture/mariculture or the processing or handling fishery products).
  • Proposals submitted by persons not involved in a fishing industry must have: 
    • substantial involvement of Virginia fishers as defined (above), AND
    • written endorsements from persons or organizations representing fishing industries supporting the project.