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

Maryland Sea Grant Request for Proposals, 2016-2018

Pre-Proposals Due January 28, 2015 at 5 PM EST

The Maryland Sea Grant College seeks pre-proposals for its next funding cycle, February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2018. Research projects within Maryland's coasts and watersheds focused in three areas will be considered: (1) resilient ecosystem process and responses; (2) sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; and (3) resilient communities and economies. This Request for Proposals (RFP) contains a listing of relevant research questions, a description of regional Sea Grant research opportunities, and information about the format and timetable for submitting pre-proposals and proposals. PIs must be affiliated with an academic institution or research laboratory in Maryland or the District of Columbia. Pre-proposals should present a succinct but sufficiently detailed synopsis of the project in order to evaluate its relevance to the Maryland Sea Grant Strategic Plan, its technical feasibility, and the PIs’ qualifications. Pre-proposals undergo an extensive review and a subgroup of those is encouraged for submission as full proposals. PIs must have submitted a pre-proposal to submit a full proposal.

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

Pre-Proposals Due February 4, 2015 at 5 PM EST

The Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant programs (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia) are jointly releasing this request for proposals for collaborative and integrative research across the region that supports the Sea Grant mission. Projects must be of regional scope and include investigators from every state. Proposals should address coastal resilience to sea level rise and/or coastal flooding in the region, including but not limited to ecological, physical, economic, and/or social dimensions. Successful proposals will have a cross disciplinary team of partners, demonstrate a high degree of integration, and provide clear mechanisms for regional interaction and coordination. Pre-proposals undergo an extensive review and a subgroup of those is encouraged for submission as full proposals. PIs must have submitted a pre-proposal to submit a full proposal.

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

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 

Grants.gov 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 grants.gov.

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.

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.