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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

American Lobster Research Program 2023

This program will support collaborative projects that address priority research needs to enhance our understanding of and address impacts to the American lobster fishery.

Applications are sought from research teams and encourage partnerships between industry, State agencies, and/or academia that address population dynamics, including but not limited to distribution and abundance in regards to ecosystem changes; life history parameters, including but not limited to temperature effects, ocean acidification, and other changing climate conditions; species interactions and behavior; and/or social, behavioral, or economic research including but not limited to impact studies, assessments, and policy analyses regarding measures under consideration for inclusion in the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan, as such relate to the American lobster fishery in the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and/or southern New England.

Sea Grant anticipates having up to $2 million dollars to fund a diversity of projects with funding requests up to $500k in FY 2023. Projects may be one or two years in duration with a maximum of two years. Non-federal matching funds equal to at least 50 percent of the federal funding request must be provided.

Eligible applicants are 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.

Read formal announcement on NOAA-OAR-SG-2023-2007887 (Notice of Federal Funding PDF here)

Applications must be submitted to by 11:59 p.m. ET, May 10, 2023.


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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