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Sea Grant Funding Opportunities

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 below for more information on current and previous funding opportunities. Most funding opportunities require applying through or to one of the 34 Sea Grant programs

See Inside Sea Grant for forms and additional guidance where applicable. Questions about funding opportunities should be directed to 

Current National Funding Opportunities

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 January 26, 2021.

Learn more about Sea Grant's liaisons at


Current State/Local Funding Opportunities

See details on the State Sea Grant Program Funding Opportunities page


Current Regional Funding Opportunities

 No opportunities at this time.


Current Student Opportunities

See our pages on student opportunities.


Current Opportunities from Sea Grant Partners

No opportunities at this time.

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