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Funding

Addressing Priority Research, Extension, and Education Needs

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 Inside Sea Grant for forms and additional guidance where applicable. Questions about funding opportunities should be directed to oar.hq.sg.competitions@noaa.gov.

current opportunities

Special Projects Competition National Sea Grant Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions

The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) anticipates approximately $3,000,000 in FY 2024 and 2025 federal funds will be available to individual Sea Grant programs in order to support approximately 10-20 Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions. 

This competition is open to all Sea Grant programs. Matching funds will not be required for this competition.

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.

Please carefully review the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for specific instructions on how to apply for the competition via grants.gov.

Resources and forms, including a new application package checklist, are available on the Implementation page of Inside Sea Grant.

Letters of Intent due December 14, 2023
Full Proposals due March 5, 2024

Informational webinar on October 2, 2023 at 4:00 pm ET (register here)

Contact oar.sg.marine-debris@noaa.gov with any questions, and specify the opportunity in the subject line.

Questions and Answers on Sea Grant’s BIL Marine Debris Funding Opportunities (PDF)

National Sea Grant Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Marine Debris Challenge Competition

Sea Grant anticipates approximately $16,000,000 in FY 2024 and 2025 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.

This opportunity is open to any person or group within the United States or its territories, as well as tribal nations within those geographies. Applicants must submit proposals in partnership with 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.

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.

Please carefully review the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for specific instructions on how to apply for the competition via grants.gov.

Letters of intent must be submitted to NSGO by January 31, 2024.
Applications must be submitted to Grants.gov by March 27, 2024.

An informational webinar about the funding opportunity will be held on October 3, 2023 at 4:00 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 oar.sg.marine-debris@noaa.gov 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.

2023 Inflation Reduction Act Climate Ready Workforce for Coastal States, Tribes, and Territories Initiative

Sea Grant and the NOAA Climate Program Office, with support from the NOAA Office of Coastal Management, seek to establish programs aimed at assisting employers develop a 21st century workforce that is climate literate, informed by climate resilience, and skilled at addressing consequent challenges. NOAA will assist communities in coastal and Great Lakes states and territories so they may form partnerships that train workers and place them into jobs that enhance climate resilience. 

NOAA envisions making between 10-20 awards under this competition, at amounts ranging from $500,000-$10 million each. NOAA expects projects to range in duration from 24 months to 48 months, beginning no earlier than August 1, 2024. This opportunity is open to state, tribal, territorial and local governments, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations in coastal states or territories. Resources from NOAA’s Climate Program Office, Office for Coastal Management, and National Sea Grant Office and its partners will be available to provide technical assistance to applicants and recipients to support these innovative efforts. 

Read the formal announcement on Grants.gov NOAA-OAR-SG-2024-2007783

Letters of intent are required in order to be eligible to submit a full proposal.

Letters of Intent due: November 30, 2023

Full Proposals due: February 13, 2024

See dates and registration for informational and application support webinars here

See NOFO Resources for a Climate Ready Workforce

Questions about this opportunity may be submitted to sg.grants@noaa.gov.

This opportunity is open to state, tribal, territorial and local governments, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations in coastal states
or territories.

state opportunities

State Sea Grant Program Funding OpportunitiesLinks to Competition Outcomes
Alaska Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
California Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
University of Southern California Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
Connecticut Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
Delaware Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
Florida Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
Georgia Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
Guam Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
Hawai’i Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
 Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
 Lake Champlain Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
 Louisiana Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
Maine Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
 Maryland Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
 Massachusetts, MIT Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
 Massachusetts, Woods Hole Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
 Michigan Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
Minnesota Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
 Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (link)Current Projects
New Hampshire Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (link)Current Projects
New York Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
North Carolina Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
Ohio Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
Oregon Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
Pennsylvania Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
Puerto Rico Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
Rhode Island Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium (link)Current Projects
Texas Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
Virginia Sea Grant (link) 
Washington Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
Wisconsin Sea Grant (link)Current Projects
National Sea Grant Law Center (link)Current Projects

Current Student Funding Opportunities

See our pages on student opportunities.

Current Opportunities from Sea Grant Partners

NOAA Climate Resilience Regional Challenge

Letters of intent due August 21, 2023

NOAA Climate Resilience Accelerators

Expected to open July 2023

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