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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 34 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 34 Sea Grant programs

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Current National Funding Opportunities

Marine Debris Challenge Competition

Sea Grant anticipates approximately $16,000,000 in FY 2022 and 2023 federal funds will be available to support innovative, transformational research to application projects that will address the prevention and/or removal of marine debris. Proposals are sought that will build upon and extend existing knowledge and efforts related to marine debris; support broad, non-proprietary, and innovative research to address critical gaps with respect to marine debris; and make that information available to communities and stakeholders.

Approximately 5-12 projects of up to three years duration may be funded. Matching funds will not be required for this competition.

Eligible applicants are Sea Grant College Programs, Sea Grant Institutional Programs, and Sea Grant Coherent Area Programs.

Other interested entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through a relevant Sea Grant program. Please note that it is not a requirement that investigators, including the PI, are part of a Sea Grant program; however proposals must be submitted with and through a Sea Grant program.

Letters of intent are required in order to be eligible to submit a full proposal. Letters of intent or applications that do not come through a Sea Grant program will be rejected without review.

Read formal announcement on NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007452

Letters of intent must be submitted to NSGO by August 9, 2022.
Applications must be submitted to by October 13, 2022.

An informational webinar about the funding opportunity will be held on July 12, 2022 at 4:30 pm ET. Register in advance here.

If you have questions or need further assistance in identifying a Sea Grant Program to partner with, please contact and specify that your question is related to the Marine Debris Challenge Competition funding opportunity in the subject line.

Questions and Answers on Sea Grant’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Marine Debris Funding Opportunities (PDF)

This is one of two Sea Grant federal funding opportunities in support of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to address the prevention and removal of marine debris. The Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions opportunity will support the creation of coalitions and partnerships to address marine debris prevention and removal. Please contact your local Sea Grant Program if you are interested in partnering on this opportunity.


Current State/Local Funding Opportunities

See details on the State Sea Grant Program Funding Opportunities page


Current Regional Funding Opportunities

Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Coastal and Estuarine Areas of the U.S. East Coast

Connecticut Sea Grant is leading a request for proposals for a regional research competition on Contaminants of Emerging Concern, focused on the Atlantic Coast. This competition is open to researchers in the U.S. East Coast states (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, NC, SC, GA and FL) that are served by Sea Grant Programs. Proposals are encouraged for projects of up to 18 months requesting up to $150,000. Letters of Intent are due September 23, 2022, by 5:00 PM Eastern Time. The full RFP can be accessed here.


Current Student Opportunities

See our pages on student opportunities.


Current Opportunities from Sea Grant Partners

NOAA Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Funding

Additional funding opportunities from NOAA through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act include: Marine Debris Removal Grants, Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants, Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Underserved Communities, Coastal Zone Management Habitat Protection and Restoration Grants, and National Estuarine Research Reserve System Habitat Protection and Restoration Grants. Learn more here.


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