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Sea Grant Funding Opportunities

Sea Grant provides a variety of funding opportunities based on its work in four focus areas: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies, and Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development. Funding opportunities include National Strategic Investments, Special Projects, focused opportunities through each of the 33 Sea Grant programs, and more. See below for more information on current and previous funding opportunities. Most funding opportunities require applying through or to one of the 33 Sea Grant programs

See Inside Sea Grant for forms and specific guidance.

National Strategic Investments

The National Sea Grant College Program has established a series of National Strategic Investments (NSIs) that complement the strategic objectives of the state Sea Grant programs. NSIs have a national focus and are intended to enhance Sea Grant's network-wide capabilities (research, extension, education) to respond to high priority issues and opportunities. Projects are generally selected through annual national competitions.

Network Visioning (2017) - CLOSED

In order to increase the capacity of Sea Grant Programs to work and plan together to address resilience topics of national interest, the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) is providing a one-time $30,000 award in FY 2017 funds to each interested Sea Grant Program. Awarded projects will become part of the Program's 2014 Omnibus grant.

The goals of the funding are to:

1. Enhance resilience visioning and activities consistent with state and national strategic plans across the network,

2. Increase the capacity of Sea Grant Programs to work and plan together to address resilience topics of national interest, and to collaboratively develop visions for Sea Grant on these topics. It is hoped that these groups that develop these visions may continue to be a network intellectual or action resource on the topic even after this project is over, and

3. Create vision documents on these national topics by the end of this effort that are in close enough to completion to serve as a starting draft for a Sea Grant network-wide conversation on that topic, leading, if appropriate, to national Sea Grant vision documents.

More details on Inside Sea Grant

Aquaculture Integration (2017) - CLOSED

Depending on appropriations, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available a total of $10,000,000-$12,000,000 between fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019 for a national initiative to increase aquaculture production in the short-term (2-4 years). This competition is designed to foster the expansion of sustainable U.S. marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture. Successful applications must outline integrated projects that clearly address major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States aquaculture production.  

Letters of Intent are due from Sea Grant Programs via email to oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov by 5:00 pm Eastern, March 28th, 2017. 

Applications are due from Sea Grant Programs to Grants.gov no later than 5:00 pm. Eastern Time, May 9th, 2017.

See Grants.gov for the full announcement. (NOAA-OAR-SG-2017 –2005176)


Addressing Impediments to Aquaculture Production (2017) -CLOSED

Depending on appropriations, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available a total of $3,000,000 between fiscal years 2017 and 2018 for a national initiative focused on answering key questions impeding the development and expansion of sustainable United States marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture. Successful applications must outline small scale projects, business plans, workshops, etc. that seek to address key questions, barriers, or hurdles impeding the advancement of new or developing aquaculture initiatives that will contribute to the continuing growth of United States aquaculture production.  

Applications are due from Sea Grant Programs to Grants.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, April 18th, 2017. 

See Grants.gov for the full announcement. (NOAA-OAR-SG-2017 –2005177)

State Sea Grant Program Opportunities

State Sea Grant Programs provide funding opportunities for a variety of topics within Sea Grant's strategic priorities. See the table below for a list of opportunities available at each of our state program. For questions about these opportunities please contact the state program directly.


Sea Grant Program Request for Proposals Preproposal Due Date Proposal Due Date
Alaska Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition February 27, 2017 June 1, 2017
California Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition March 23, 2017 August 1, 2017
California, University of Southern California Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition March 23, 2017 August 1, 2017
Connecticut Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition February 24, 2017 June 2, 2017
Delaware Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition February 13, 2017 May 5, 2017
Florida Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition February 13, 2017 May 25, 2017
Georgia Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition March 15, 2017 June 3, 2017
Illinois-Indiana and Wisconsin
Sea Grant Programs
Joint research RFP: Locally-sourced Seafood January 24, 2017 April 28, 2017
 Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition January 23, 2017 May 15, 2017
 Louisiana Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition March 3, 2017 May 22, 2017
 Maine Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition February 24, 2017 June 5, 2017
 Maryland Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition January 27, 2017 June 1, 2017
 Michigan Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition March 3, 2017 May 26, 2017
 Minnesota Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition January 27, 2017 April 12, 2017
 Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition February 27, 2017 June 9, 2017
 Massachusetts, MIT Sea Grant Annual Research Competition March 4, 2017 June 6, 2017
 Massachusetts, Woods Hole Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition February 24, 2017 June 2, 2017
New Hampshire Sea Grant    Biennial Research Competition February 24, 2017 June 2, 2017
New Jersey Sea Grant    Biennial Research Competition January 30, 2017 June 17, 2017
New York Sea Grant    Biennial Research Competition February 27, 2017 June 12, 2017
North Carolina Sea Grant    Core research projects January 17, 2017 May 8, 2017
Ohio Sea Grant    Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative July 27, 2017 October 12, 2017
 Oregon Sea Grant 2018-2022 SEED-LEAF Research Competition January 17, 2017 February 6, 2017
 Oregon Sea Grant 2018-2020 Biennial Research Competition February 21, 2017 May 26, 2017
 Pennsylvania Sea Grant Applied Research Proposals March 1, 2017 June 15, 2017
 Puerto Rico Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition December 15, 2016 March 15, 2017
 Rhode Island Sea Grant Harmful Algal Bloom Research   January 31, 2017
 South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium Biennial Research Competition (The Changing Face
of South Carolina: Building a Resilient Future)
March 17, 2017 June 19, 2017
 Texas Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition January 20, 2017 April 3, 2017
Washington Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition March 13, 2017 June 1, 2017
Wisconsin Sea Grant Biennial Research Competition January 24, 2017 April 28, 2017

 

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