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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.

Sea Grant Programs should 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

Subject to the availability of funding, the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) anticipates approximately $2,000,000 in FY2024 federal funds will be available to eligible applicants to support projects that will advance our scientific knowledge of the American Lobster fishery and support the resiliency of fishing communities in the face of environmental change and economic uncertainty. 

Awards will be made for no more than approximately $600,000 in federal funds per project, and may be for one or two years in duration with a maximum of two years. Applications will require 50% in non-federal match funding. All projects must take place within the United States or territories or their respective waterways. 

There is no guarantee that funds will be available to make awards, or that any application will be selected for funding. If an applicant incurs any costs prior to receiving an award agreement signed by an authorized NOAA official, it does so at its own risk of not being selected or of these costs not being included in a subsequent award. NOAA and DOC will not be responsible for any incurred project costs if a project fails to receive full funding.

This opportunity is open to 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. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider projects that involve partnerships among industry, State agencies, academia, and other community members engaged in the research priorities they intend to investigate.

Information about current and past funded research projects can be found at seagrant.umaine.edu/extension/american-lobster-initiative/research-projects/.

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

Applications must be submitted to Grants.gov by May 7, 2024.

If you have questions please contact sg.grants@noaa.gov and specify that your question is related to the American Lobster Research Funding Opportunity in the subject line.

Find resources for applicants and reviewers at the bottom of this page.

For individuals and organizations that may be interested in applying for any of these opportunities, you must register with SAM.gov, Grants.gov, and eRA Commons. Your accounts must be active before you can apply. Please account for processing time, which may take up to eight weeks.

Current Student Funding Opportunities

The Community Engaged Internship is designed for undergraduate students from underrepresented and indigenous communities. The overarching goal of this internship program is to broaden participation in marine and coastal professions by providing training and mentorship to the next generation of scientists, decision makers and citizens. The program will do so by recruiting, retaining and engaging diverse students in place-based research, extension, education and/or communication that respects and integrates local ways of knowing.

The key components of this program are listed below, and details about specific internship opportunities will vary by Sea Grant program:

  • On-the-ground learning experience through an 8-10-week internship over the summer months, including:
    • Completion of a project that extends the knowledge of community stakeholders to address a coastal, marine or Great Lakes issue of environmental, economic and/or social importance, and
    • Participation in all CEI professional development and training opportunities
  • Mentoring by Sea Grant professionals, Sea Grant-funded researchers and Knauss Fellows
  • Virtual professional development sessions
  • Peer discussions with other interns in the cohort through virtual platforms

Students interested in CEI program opportunities should connect with their state’s Sea Grant program for information about the application process and deadlines, which are specific to each Sea Grant program.

General questions about the CEI program can be directed to seagrant.cei@gmail.com

Current Opportunities from Sea Grant Partners

The National Sea Grant Law Center is accepting applications from eligible applicants to conduct research on the effectiveness of laws and policies related to a wide range of coastal resilience issues including sea level rise, flooding, amplified storm surge, increased frequency and intensity of storms, land use, or other environmental factors, and whether those policies are achieving desired policy changes. The 2024 Coastal Resilience Program grants have a recommended funding level of $75,000, and the Law Center anticipates selecting up to two projects for funding. Matching funds will not be required. 

Letters of Intent must be received by 5 p.m. Central Time on Friday, March 8, 2024

Full proposals must be received by 5 p.m. Central Time on Friday, June 7, 2024

The anticipated award start date is February 1, 2025.

The American-Made Power at Sea Prize seeks new, innovative, and feasible marine energy concepts that can fulfill Powering the Blue Economy initiatives—including supporting offshore industries, science, and security activities, and meeting the energy and water needs of coastal and rural island communities. The Power at Sea Prize was established by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office in collaboration with NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program and other partners. The submission deadline for the concept phase is July 26, 2024.

Opportunities from Sea Grant Programs

Request for Reviewers

The National Sea Grant Office is in the process of convening the Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship selection panel for the 2025 class of Sea Grant Knauss fellows.

    • Expertise sought:
      • Education & Workforce Development
      • Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes science, management and/or policy
      • Climate Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Accessibility
    • Workload:
      • Reviews will occur from approximately May 1 to May 22, 2024
      • Reviewers will read, score, and comment on approximately 5-10 proposals via NOAA’s electronic grant system
        • Reviews may take 30-45 minutes each
        • There will not be a review panel 

If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please complete this brief interest form. If you have any questions, please reach out to oar.sg.fellows@noaa.gov or 240-507-3712.

A $16M competition to support innovative, transformational research-to-application (R2A) projects that will address the prevention and/or removal of marine debris

    • Expertise sought:
      • Marine Debris Prevention or Removal
      • Ocean Engineering
      • Plastics in the Environment
    • Workload:
      • Reviews will occur from approximately April 8 to May 7, 2024
      • Reviewers will read, score, and  comment on approximately 10-15 proposals via NOAA’s electronic grant system
        • Proposal narratives are limited to 15 pages
        • Additional included materials usually will increase the package size to 60-100 pages  
    • Honorarium:
      • Non-federal reviewers of 10-15 proposals may be eligible to receive an approximately $2,000 honorarium

If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please complete this brief interest form or email joshua.brown@noaa.gov with a statement of interest and a copy of your resume/CV.

The National Sea Grant College Program champions diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by recruiting, retaining, and preparing a diverse workforce, and proactively engaging and serving the diverse populations of coastal communities. Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication, and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives, and ways of thinking. We seek reviewers that reflect diverse participation with regards to age, race, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, education levels, job classifications, veteran status types, income, and socioeconomic status. This includes reviewers at a range of career stages and backgrounds.

Resources for Applicants & Reviewers

Obtain the latest version of all standard required forms from https://www.grants.gov/forms/forms-repository/

Follow this link to access the 90-2 webform. Guidance on how to use the webform is located below for view or download.

Click to download the ZIP file containing the Excel version of the form as well as the PDF of the NEPA Questionnaire.

Overview Video

Follow this link to watch the Bias Awareness Training for Reviewers video and find the transcript here.

Applicant organizations must complete and maintain three registrations to be eligible to apply for or receive an award. These registrations include SAM.gov, Grants.gov, and eRA Commons. All registrations must be completed prior to the application being submitted. The complete registration process for all three systems can take 4 to 6 weeks, so applicants should begin this activity as soon as possible. If an eligible applicant does not have access to the internet, please contact the Agency Contacts listed in Section VII for submission instructions.

Prior to registering with eRA Commons, applicant organizations must first obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) from SAM.gov, if needed (refer to Section IV. Applications and Submission Information, Section C). Organizations can register with eRA Commons in tandem with completing their full SAM and Grants.gov registrations; however, all registrations must be in place by time of application submission. eRA Commons requires organizations to identify at least one Signing Official (SO) and at least one Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) account in order to submit an application.

Tips and Tricks for Successful eRA Submissions (PDF)

Grants Progress Reporting/Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
  • Interim Supplemental Information for Sea Grant RPPRs
    • GEMS/eRA Updates
      • See 12/14/2023 Update
        • Any recipient with a progress or financial report due between August 31, 2023 to March 31, 2024 will be granted an extension to April 30, 2024 to submit the report. 
        • If you had multiple RPPR tasks between 9/23/2023 and 3/31/2024 and were unable to submit the reports due to an eRA migration issue, DOC will allow recipients to simplify the older RPPR and submit a comprehensive report for the latest RPPR due. While an entire RPPR submission is required via eRA Commons, it is reasonable to simplify the older RPPR and submit the comprehensive report for the latest RPPR due.
        • See link above for more details.
    • Webinar: Tuesday, March 12th from 3:00-4:00 pm ET 
    • If you have additional questions after watching the webinar, please connect with your NSGO point of contact.  
    • Feedback form (coming soon)
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