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Funding Opportunities

Current Opportunities

Highly Migratory Species Research Initiative

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Informational webinar May 7, 2019 at 2 pm Eastern, Webinar slides (PDF), webinar Q and A log (PDF)

Letters of Intent due to the National Sea Grant Office on May 15, 2019.

Full proposals due in June 19, 2019. 

Sea Grant Programs Only: Network Visioning Implementation

Only Sea Grant Programs are eligible for this funding opportunity. Proposals are due in on May 23, 2019. ( announcement)

Guidance (Word document)

Project Narrative Template (Word document)

Sea Grant Community-Engaged Undergraduate Internship Program: A Proposal (Word document, updated with corrected budget language 4-26-2019)

Informational webinar: May 9, 2019 at 2 pm Eastern Register or join here, Webinar slides (PDF), Webinar Q and A log (PDF)

National Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiatives

See main website for details. 

Special Projects Portal

The Special Projects portal is a framework for project competitions run during 2018 that are open to Sea Grant Programs (Sea Grant Colleges, Institutions, or Coherent Area Programs), the National Sea Grant Law Center, and the National Sea Grant Library, or to some subset of these entities. 

The Special Projects Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO), NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005457, contains background information and application instructions common to all Special Projects competitions. It is used in conjunction with individual special project announcements below, which give details of the specific proposals sought for each competition, and provides special conditions and updates to FFO information. Where the individual announcement differs from the FFO (for example, by providing different deadlines, evaluation criteria or eligibility requirements), the individual announcement supersedes the FFO.

No Special Projects open at this time. 

Past Opportunities

National Sea Grant American Lobster Research Program

Sea Grant is currently seeking research proposals to address critical gaps in knowledge about how the American Lobster and its fishery is being impacted by environmental change. It is informed by listening sessions with regional fishing industry stakeholders, state and federal fisheries managers, and university, state and federal fisheries researchers. Pending appropriation of funds, Sea Grant anticipates awarding between 5-10 research projects totaling between $1 million and $2 million in FY2019. Projects must have a maximum duration of two years. Proposals are due to by April 11, 2019. NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005917 

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

Applications must be submitted to the state Sea Grant program by February 22, 2019. Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Sea Grant Program in their state one to two months prior to the state application deadline to receive application support and provide notification of an intent to apply. The applicant should allow sufficient time to schedule an interview with the eligible Sea Grant program at the program’s request. Grant announcement: NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2005911 

National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program 

DEADLINE EXTENDED - Students should submit applications to a Sea Grant Program and not submit information directly into Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Foreign Nationals are not eligible. Student applications are due to Sea Grant Programs by 5:00 pm local time on February 28, 2019. Sea Grant Programs must transmit the application via by 5:00 pm, Eastern Time March 28, 2019. There are two separate funding numbers for the two portions of this competition.

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Federal Funding Opportunity - NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005907
The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics expects to award at least three new Ph.D. Fellowships in 2019 to students who are interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources. These fellowships can provide support for up to three years. The emphasis will be on the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems, for assessing the status of fish, invertebrate, and other targeted species stocks and for assessing the status of marine mammals, seabirds, and other protected species.

Marine Resource Economics Federal Funding Opportunity - NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005909 

The 2019 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Marine Resource Economics expects to award one new Ph.D. Fellowship each year to students who are interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. This fellowship can provide support for up to three years.

Past Special Projects Announcements

Special Projects Announcement: Sea Grant Northeast Regional Lobster Extension Program

The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) anticipates that approximately $600,000.00 will be available over the next four years to support a cooperative agreement to develop, staff, and implement a Sea Grant Northeast Regional Lobster Extension Program.

Due Date: February 5, 2019
Read the full announcement (PDF download)

Special Projects Announcement: Undergraduate Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Workshop

The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the NOAA Office of Education (OEd) anticipate that up to $140,000 will be available to fund a cooperative agreement to develop, conduct, and evaluate one to several Undergraduate Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Workshops, to be held between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020.

Due date: January 23, 2019
Informational webinar: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 3 pm Eastern (Registration link)
Read the full announcement (PDF download)

Frequently Asked Questions, update November 19, 2018 (PDF download)


Sea Grant Law Center Small Grants Program

The National Sea Grant Law Center is currently seeking proposals from Sea Grant programs for one-year projects to promote the growth and development of Sea Grant legal programming and build the capacity of individual Sea Grant programs to address legal issues in their states. Approximately $68,000 in federal funds is expected for 2018. A funding request of $10,000 - $20,000 per project is suggested. Matching funds are not required. Letters of intent are due September 14, 2018. Full proposals are due October 26, 2018. 

Request for Proposals link

National Sea Grant College Program 2018 Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative

FFO link: Funding opportunity number NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005489 (FFO and application package available via

Proposal FAQ (PDF download) *UPDATED MARCH 14, 2018


Proposals are due to Sea Grant programs by March 2, 2018; Sea Grant programs must then submit proposals to by March 30, 2018.

Depending on appropriations, NOAA National Sea Grant College Program (NOAA Sea Grant) expects to have available a total of $7,000,000 to $11,500,000 across fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020 as part of the Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative (NAI). As part of the NAI, this competition is designed to foster the expansion of a sustainable U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture sector by addressing one or more of the following priorities:

  • (a) supporting the development of emerging systems or technologies that will advance aquaculture in the U.S., including projects that will help stimulate aquaculture production by nascent industries;
  • (b) developing and implementing actionable methods of communicating accurate, science based messages and information about the benefits and risks of U.S. marine aquaculture to the public; and
  • (c) increasing the resiliency of aquaculture systems to natural hazards and changing conditions.

Eligibility: The following entities are eligible and 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 College, Sea Grant Institute or other institution); or any State, political subdivision of a State, Tribal government or agency or officer thereof. Federal agencies and their personnel are not permitted to receive federal funding under this competition; however, federal scientists and other employees can serve as uncompensated partners or co-Principal Investigators on applications. Federal labs and offices can also make available specialized expertise, facilities or equipment to applicants but cannot be compensated under this competition for their use, nor can the value of such assets be used as match.

More information on Sea Grant's work on and support of aquaculture 

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