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Program Funding Opportunities



Woods Hole Sea Grant Biennial Request for Proposals - NOW OPEN

Approximately $1 million will be available to support 5-10 research projects during the two-year funding period. Click here for details.


Woods Hole Sea Grant Program Development Funds

Northeast Sea Grant Consortium Regional Request for Proposals

Recognizing that some issues are best addressed at the regional scale, the Sea Grant Programs in the Northeast, through the Northeast Sea Grant Consortium, set aside funds for research proposals that have relevance to the Gulf of Maine and Greater New York Bight regions.





National Funding Opportunities


National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics

The NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics places Ph.D. students in research-based fellowships that provide support for up to three years. The program is designed to fulfill workforce development needs identified by NMFS and since 1990, has provided opportunities for 144 Ph.D. students. The opportunity to apply for 2021 fellowships is now open. 
Applications are due to Sea Grant programs on January 26, 2021. See links below for additional information on applying:
Questions? Contact Woods Hole Sea Grant Director Matt Charette or the National Sea Grant Office at



National Sea Grant & Ocean Acidification Program Funding Opportunity: Shellfish Aquaculture Partnerships

The National Sea Grant Office and the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program are funding a joint competition to fund proposals that seek to establish, continue, and/or expand collaborations between researchers and the shellfish aquaculture industry. Specifically, applications to this competition should utilize new or existing research/industry partnerships to study how ocean and coastal acidification in combination with other stressors impacts shellfish aquaculture. Applications must include at least one researcher and one shellfish grower acting as co-Principal Investigators, and the proposed work must utilize a co-production of knowledge framework.
Eligible applicants are United States institutions of higher education; other nonprofits; commercial organizations; state, local, and tribal governments.
Total funding for this competition includes up to $2,000,000 in federal funds to support 2-6 projects. Each project will be funded at the approximate level of $100,000 - $300,000 per year for 1-3 years.
An informational webinar will be held in November, date to be announced.
Letters of Intent due December 15, 2020 via email (
Full proposals due March 16, 2021 via
This information is also available at
Resources and forms, including a new application package checklist, are available on the Implementation page of Inside Sea Grant.
Questions about this competition Funding Opportunity may be sent to Sea Grant ( and/or the Ocean Acidification Program ( Please specify that your question is related to this competition in the subject line.

Research on American Lobster

The National Sea Grant program announced a funding opportunity for its American Lobster Research Program, which will support research to address critical gaps in knowledge about how the American Lobster and its fishery is being impacted by environmental change. Research topics suitable for study on American lobster under this Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) should have a geographic focus of the Gulf of Maine and/or Georges Bank and address one or more of the following:
(1) Increased understanding of life history parameters, including but not limited to, migration, growth, and maturity;
(2) Larval studies and early biology;
(3) Spatial distribution; and
(4) Socio-economic lessons learned from Southern New England as they pertain to Georges Bank and the Gulf of Maine.
For each research topic above, special emphasis may be placed on the impact of warming temperatures. Pending appropriation of funds, Sea Grant anticipates awarding between 5-10 research projects totaling between $1 million and $2 million in FY2019. Projects must have a maximum duration of two years.

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