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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

Translating Coastal Research into Application

Sea Grant and the U.S. Coastal Research Program (USCRP) announce a new funding opportunity. It is anticipated that approximately $4,000,000 will be available to integrate research, its application, and community engagement in thematic areas of long-term coastal evolution, extreme storms, and human and ecosystem health. Proposals should address the needs or gaps that have been identified by or are evident from USCRP-funded projects (PDF list), to move research project findings toward application through service delivery and decision support for coastal community decision-makers, planners, and other coastal stakeholders.

Approximately 10-20 projects may be funded at up to $150,000 over two years (Tier 1) or up to $500,000 over four years (Tier 2).  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.

The following entities are encouraged to participate in this funding opportunity, in conjunction with a Sea Grant Program: any individual; any public or private corporation, partnership, or other association or entity (including any Sea Grant Program or other institution); or any State, political subdivision of a State, Tribal government or agency or officer thereof. 

Correction to original notice of funding opportunity. The award period for the funding is: Tier 1 - January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024; Tier 2 - January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2026.

Read formal announcement on NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007298

Letters of intent must be submitted to NSGO by 5:00 p.m. local time on June 15, 2022. 

Applications must be submitted to by 11:59 p.m. ET on August 30, 2022.

An informational webinar about the funding opportunity was held on May 16, 2022. Register here to view the recording (PDF of slides). 

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 Translating Coastal Research into Application competition in the subject line.


Current State/Local Funding Opportunities

See details on the State Sea Grant Program Funding Opportunities page


Current Regional Funding Opportunities

There are no open opportunities at this time.


Current Student Opportunities

See our pages on student opportunities.


Current Opportunities from Sea Grant Partners

There are no open opportunities at this time.


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