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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 oar.hq.sg.competitions@noaa.gov. 

Current National Funding Opportunities

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

Applications must be submitted to the state Sea Grant program by February 21, 2020. 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-2021-2006204 

State programs: please submit the full Knauss packages through Grants.gov by April 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT

American Lobster Research Program

This program will support research 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.

Informational webinar: February 11, 2020 at 1:30 pm Eastern (register here)

Read formal Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on Grants.gov

Application EXTENDED due date: April 21, 2020

Special Projects Announcement: Sea Grant Support of Workshops and Meetings

The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) anticipates that up to $60,000 in FY 2020 Federal Funds will be available to individual Sea Grant Programs in order to support activities at workshops, conferences or professional meetings that are directly in support of each Program’s 2018-21 strategic plan and/or in alignment with goals and actions identified in the “network visioning” plans developed in 2017-18.

Application EXTENDED due date: April 28, 2020
Read the full announcement (PDF download
Direct link to Special Projects NOFO on Grants.gov

Special Projects Announcement: Sea Grant Support of Regional Coral Disease Response Coordinator

This project would provide support for a Regional Coral Disease Response Coordinator position to be established at a Sea Grant program with Federal FY 20 funding from NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) anticipates that up to $660,000 in federal funding over a 4-year period will be available to a Sea Grant Program to coordinate a regional level response to the recent outbreak of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in Florida and the U.S. Caribbean.

This competition is open to all Sea Grant programs.

Consult the NOFO NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006252, available at grants.gov, for eligible applicants, required elements of the application, how to submit, general programmatic priorities and selection factors, and other necessary information.

Submit your application to SPECIAL PROJECTS "I" under this Opportunity in grants.gov.

Projects should propose a start date no earlier than September 1, 2020 and an end date of no longer than four years after the proposed start date.

Deadline to apply: April 30, 2020

Read the full announcement (PDF download)

Special Projects Announcement: Undergraduate Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Workshop

The National Sea Grant Office anticipates that up to $140,000 in Sea Grant funding will be available to support the development of the 2021 Undergraduate Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Workshop. It is anticipated that no more than one application will be selected.

Application EXTENDED due date: April 30, 2020

Read the Full Announcement (PDF download) 
Direct link to Special Projects NOFO on Grants.gov
Informational resources from previous opportunities: 2019 Webinar (download webinar slides - PDF); Frequently Asked Questions, updated November 19, 2018 (PDF download)

Special Projects Announcement: Amberjack Research Program

The goal of this research program is to develop additional data sources, assessment approaches, and knowledge to improve agency and agency-independent estimates of the abundance of Greater Amberjack throughout the Greater Amberjack’s range. The National Sea Grant Office anticipates that up to $10,000,000 in federal funding will be available to a Sea Grant Program or a partnership of Sea Grant Programs to administer a research competition regarding the Gulf and South Atlantic stocks of Greater Amberjack subsequent to conducting listening sessions or workshops to ascertain research needs.

This competition is open to all Sea Grant programs.

Consult the NOFO NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006252, available at grants.gov, for eligible applicants, required elements of the application, how to submit, general programmatic priorities and selection factors, and other necessary information.

Submit your application to SPECIAL PROJECTS "H" under this Opportunity in grants.gov.

Projects should propose a start date no earlier than September 1, 2020 and an end date of no longer than three years after the proposed start date. 

Deadline to apply: May 8, 2020

Read the full announcement (PDF download)

Special Projects Announcement: Support of Network Visioning Plan Implementation

The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) anticipates that up to $600,000 will be available to individual Sea Grant Programs to support activities that are directly in alignment with goals and actions identified in the “network visioning” plans developed in 2017-18. Overall, the goal of this funding opportunity is to increase the capacity of Sea Grant Programs to implement priority actions identified in visioning documents. Each award will be no greater than $200,000 and applications DO NOT require the standard 50% non-federal match for Sea Grant projects.

This competition is open to all Sea Grant programs.

Consult the NOFO NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006252, available at grants.gov, for eligible applicants, required elements of the application, how to submit, general programmatic priorities and selection factors, and other necessary information.

Submit your application to SPECIAL PROJECTS "G" under this Opportunity in grants.gov.

Projects should have a start date no earlier than August 1, 2020 and an end date of no longer than two years after the proposed start date. 

Application EXTENDED due date: May 19, 2020

Read the full announcement (PDF download)

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 Grants.gov 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 (oar.hq.sg.competitions@noaa.gov)

Full proposals EXTENDED due date: September 17, 2020 via email (oar.hq.sg.competitions@noaa.gov)

Successful applicants will be asked to submit their full application packages via Grants.gov in response to this NOFO by January 26, 2021.

Learn more about Sea Grant's liaisons at https://seagrant.noaa.gov/liaisons

Aquaculture: Addressing Economic and Market Needs of the U.S. Aquaculture Industry

Subject to the availability of funding, Sea Grant anticipates approximately $5,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will significantly advance the understanding of the economics of aquaculture businesses in the U.S. and address gaps regarding important market information. The overall goal is to advance business management towards development of a sustainable marine and Great Lakes aquaculture industry in the U.S. Successful proposals will address geographic and/or topical needs and will fully integrate research, extension, and education. Proposals that will support broad, non-proprietary research to address critical gaps with respect to aquaculture economics and market needs; make that information available to U.S. aquaculture businesses and management agencies; and build the capacity of Sea Grant and its partners, including Sea Grant aquaculture extension personnel and industry stakeholders, are preferred. These investments are consistent with Sea Grant’s focus area of Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA) and the Sea Grant Network’s 10-year Aquaculture Vision, both which support NOAA and Department of Commerce aquaculture goals. 

All proposals to this competition must be submitted by a Sea Grant program. Other interested entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through a relevant Sea Grant Program.

Read formal announcement on Grants.gov NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006331

Informational Webinar February 5, 2020 at 3 pm Eastern (Register or join here)
Webinar slides (PDF)
Question and answer log from webinar discussion (PDF)

Notices of intent to submit due February 26, 2020

Full proposals EXTENDED due date: July 14, 2020

 

 

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

NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, education mini-grants

NOAA Graduate Research Fellowship in Ocean, Coastal, and Estuarine Acidification

Science Serving America's Coasts

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