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, 2018-2020

The Maryland Sea Grant College seeks pre-proposals for its next funding cycle, February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2020. Research projects within Maryland's coasts and watersheds focused in three areas will be considered: (1) healthy coastal ecosystems; (2) sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; and (3) resilient communities and economies. We anticipate supporting 6 – 8 projects at about $70,000 per award per year, contingent on availability of funds. Pre-proposals are due January, 27, 2017.

2017 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative: Call for Proposals

The National Sea Grant Office welcomes proposals for two competitive opportunities through the 2017 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative to advance aquaculture research, address barriers to aquaculture, and expand aquaculture production. Up to $15 million is expected to be available over several years to support projects in the two competitions. Interested parties must partner with Maryland Sea Grant to apply. Due dates vary by competition.

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 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.

Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species Request for Proposals

NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program 2016 RFP

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.