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Sea Grant Extension Liaisons

Sea Grant liaisons integrate research and end-user needs by connecting Sea Grant extension expertise with science, products, and services from NOAA labs and other publicly supported scientific research programs. In addition to leveraging Sea Grant funds through shared federal/non-federal support of a new extension agent, the liaisons provide a pipeline between new research and community audiences.


Sea Grant Federal Partnership Liaisons Program overview (PDF)

Sea Grant Partnership Liaisons Framework (PDF)

Recommendations from the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (PDF)


Alaska Coastal Community Resilience Liaison (PDF)

Federal Partners: NOAA National Ocean Service, National Weather Service, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research collaboration

Sea Grant Host: Alaska Sea Grant 

Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory Liaison (PDF)

Federal Partner: NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

Sea Grant Host: Michigan Sea Grant

National Water Center Liaison (PDF)

Federal Partners: NOAA National Weather Service and Oceanic and Atmospheric Research collaboration

Sea Grant Host: Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant

Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory Ocean Acidification Liaison (PDF)

Federal Partner: NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

Sea Grant Host: Washington Sea Grant

Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory Tsunami Liaison (PDF)

Federal Partner: NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

Sea Grant Host: Washington Sea Grant


National Federal Partnership Liaisons Competition

In an effort to increase collaboration and effective use of federally-funded ocean, coastal and Great Lakes research, the NSGO is looking for proposals to develop National Federal Partnership Liaison positions in coordination with other federal agencies or programs whose project goals align with and support national Sea Grant focus area or vision plan goals. We expect to fund 2-3 liaisons at up to $100K of Sea Grant federal dollars annually for four years. State match of 50% of NSGO funds and ‘substantial’ federal partner funding required. 

Eligible applicants: Sea Grant College Programs, Sea Grant Institutional Programs, Sea Grant Coherent Area Programs and the National Sea Grant Library

Read formal announcement on NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006316

Informational Webinars on March 18, 2020 at 2 pm Eastern (Recording available here) and May 21, 2020 at 2 pm Eastern (Register or join here)

Letters of Intent EXTENDED due date: June 25, 2020 via email (

Full proposals EXTENDED due date: September 17, 2020 via email (

Successful applicants will be asked to submit their full application packages via in response to this NOFO by November 2, 2020.

Webinars with Sea Grant Liaisons

Meet the Sea Grant Extension Liaisons

Karen Bareford, Ph.D.

Sea Grant Water Extension Liaison, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium - As the National Water Extension Liaison, Bareford is working to ensure communities and organizations know about the National Water Model as well as to understand the water challenges they face and the associated needs for information and tools.

Meg Chadsey, Ph.D.

PMEL Ocean Acidification Specialist, Washington Sea Grant - Dr. Meg Chadsey feels fortunate that her dual role as a Washington Sea Grant specialist and PMEL liaison allows her to work on a variety of ocean acidification(OA)-related projects with diverse partners. Her favorite projects are those that connect the world of scientific research with the information needs of stakeholders and the public. Meg has created outreach materials, videos, and demonstration projects for schools, science communicators and decision makers.   

Carrie Garrison-Laney, Ph.D.

Sea Grant/PMEL Tsunami and Coastal Resilience Liaison, Washington Sea Grant - Dr. Garrison-Laney uses her expertise in tsunami science and scientific outreach to provide coastal communities with information on tsunami hazards, preparedness and resilience.   

Davin Holen, Ph.D.

Alaska Coastal Community Resilience Specialist, Alaska Sea Grant - As the Alaska Sea Grant Coastal Community Resilience Specialist, Davin Holen is dedicated to providing expertise, research and extension services that enhance the culture and wellbeing of coastal communities across Alaska. Davin works collaboratively with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at University of Alaska-Fairbanks’s International Arctic Research Center, and as a Sea Grant liaison is supported by and draws on resources from NOAA and the National Sea Grant program.      

Chiara Zuccarino-Crowe

Great Lakes Sea Grant Network/GLERL Liaison, Michigan Sea Grant - Chiara forges and enhances partnerships around the Great Lakes. She assists in the development of collaborative extension, communications, and outreach programs that leverage the partners’ work to efficiently meet the needs of Great Lakes communities. This includes seeking new ways to integrate NOAA products and services into extension programs across the region, while also informing GLERL on Sea Grant stakeholder needs and research priorities.  

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