Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Funding Opportunities

Below are current research-funding opportunities from Maryland Sea Grant for principal investigators. Expired opportunities are included for reference.

Graduate fellowships: Look here if you are a graduate student seeking information on fellowships.  Principal investigators seeking to fund graduate fellows on their research projects can obtain information in our funding application materials about how to do so.

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Current Funding Opportunities

NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program 2016 RFP

Depending on the availability of funds, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have up to $3,000,000 available for a national competition to fund new FY 2016 marine aquaculture research projects. This is part of the overall plan to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes aquaculture. Topical priorities for this FY 2016 competition are:

  1. Research to inform pending, regulatory decisions regarding aquaculture on the local, state, or federal level leading to an information product—such as tool, technology, template, or model—needed to make final decisions on a specific question;
  2. Research that supports the introduction, and/or increase in production of new and emerging species of aquaculture interest;
  3. Research that supports continued seafood safety and product quality;
  4. Social and/or economic research targeted to understand aquaculture issues in a larger context.

Applicants must describe how their proposed work will rapidly and significantly advance U.S. marine aquaculture development in the short-term (1-2 years after project completion).

Pre-proposals due March 10, 2016. Pre-proposals should be sent to the National Sea Grant Office ( and Maryland Sea Grant ( by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on March 10, 2016.

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Start-up Funding / Program Development Awards

Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) focuses on supporting translational watershed, coastal, and marine science that can inform broad audiences in the Chesapeake Bay region and Maryland's coastal areas. MDSG has the ability to support small, targeted grants that come under the general category of Program Development awards. These awards are given to help support important start-up efforts or to offer strategic support to emerging areas of importance. Program Development funds are designed to stimulate and foster small-scale innovative projects that will eventually lead to submissions for larger grants from a variety of sources. Also, these funds may be used to support workshops and educational opportunities that connect marine and coastal science to diverse audiences.

Other Funding Opportunities from Our Partners

Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species Request for Proposals

The Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species (MAP) is offering a limited grants mompetition to encourage interested groups and individuals to submit proposals for possible funding. Deadline for proposal submission is March 25, 2016.

National Sea Grant Office

Sea Grant is the primary university-based program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that supports coastal resource use and conservation. Its research and outreach programs promote better understanding, conservation, and use of America’s coastal resources. In short, Sea Grant is “science serving America’s coasts.”

Federal Government Grants is the source to find and apply for federal grants. In particular, federal funding opportunities for all grants and fellowships supported by the National Sea Grant College Program can be found through the searchable database at

Expired Funding Opportunities

These past funding opportunities, now closed, resulted in numerous research projects funded by Maryland Sea Grant. We offer these descriptions as a reference about our funding interests, cycles, and history.

Maryland Sea Grant Request for Proposals, 2016-2018

Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant Regional Request for Proposals, 2016-2018

NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program 2014 RFP

Maryland Sea Grant Request for Proposals, 2014-2016

Mid-Atlantic Regional Request for Proposals, 2014-2016

Maryland Sea Grant Request for Proposals, 2012-2014

Maryland Sea Grant Fellowship Request for Proposals, 2013-2014

Search our database of projects funded through these solicitations.