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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

FY23 Young Fishermen’s Career Development Projects

The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) anticipates between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000 of federal funds will be available to support approximately 2-5 awards in order to develop and execute local, regional, and national programs, workshops, and services to enable fishermen to enter career paths and make a living supplying seafood from our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes. Awards will be made for no more than $400,000 in federal funds per project, and may be for one or two years, though for no more than $200,000/year.

Applications require 25% non-federal match.

To be eligible to receive a grant under this program a recipient shall be a collaborative State, Tribal, local, or regionally based network or partnership of public or private entities, which may include— (A) a Sea Grant Institution; (B) a Federal or State agency or a Tribal organization; (C) a community-based nongovernmental organization; (D) fishermen’s cooperatives or associations; (E) an institution of higher education (including an institution awarding an associate’s degree), or a foundation maintained by an institution of higher education; or (F) any other appropriate entity.

Projects may benefit from engaging with the planning frameworks developed by Sea Grant programs in FY21-23. More information can be found here. 

Read the formal announcement on NOAA-OAR-SG-2023-2007535

Letters of intent are required in order to be eligible to submit a full proposal.

Letters of Intent Due: December 1, 2022
Full Proposals Due: February 15, 2023

Questions about this opportunity may be submitted to

Current State/Local Funding Opportunities

See details on the State Sea Grant Program Funding Opportunities page


Current Regional Funding Opportunities

There are no open opportunities at this time.


Current Student Opportunities

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

Applications must be submitted to the state Sea Grant program by February 16, 2023. 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. More information at

State programs: LOIs should be received via email by the NSGO Fellowships Program Managers ( by 5:00 PM ET on March 15, 2023. Full Knauss packages should be submitted through by March 30, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET.


See our pages on student opportunities.


Current Opportunities from Sea Grant Partners

There are no open opportunities at this time.


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