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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.

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)



Past Opportunities

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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NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program

Two federal funding opportunities (FFO) are currently open to applicants seeking funding beginning in 2018. Prospective Fellows must be United States citizens. At the time of application, prospective Marine Resource Economics Fellows must be admitted to a Ph.D. degree program in resource or environmental economics at an institution of higher education in the United States or its territories, or submit a signed letter from the institution indicating provisional acceptance to a Ph.D. degree program conditional on obtaining financial support such as this Fellowship. Applications must come from Sea Grant programs and must be submitted through Applications are due from students to Sea Grant programs on January 26, 2018.

FFO for NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship in Marine Resource Economics NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005450

FFO for NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics NOAA-OAR-SG-2018-2005442


Knauss Fellowship Program

An eligible applicant is any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 21, 2018, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program, that has an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The graduate degree must be awarded through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories. Applications are due to Sea Grant programs by February 23, 2018. Applications to must come from Sea Grant programs.

FFO link: NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005447


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