Funding Opportunities

Maine Sea Grant Biennial Request for Proposals

CLOSED.  Preliminary proposals were due February 24, 2017. Check back for full proposal guidelines in late April.

The Maine Sea Grant College Program invites preliminary proposals for projects to be funded in the period February 2018 through January 2020. In this new request, we seek proposals of two separate categories. First, we seek to fund research proposals that link the scientific capacity of Maine with the needs of coastal stakeholders. Secondly, we aim to support synthesis efforts that will integrate knowledge from diverse sources to summarize our current understanding of coastal Maine issues, identify gaps in knowledge, and outline future research directions. Synthesis efforts should not include the collection of new data. Maine Sea Grant is administered by the University of Maine, but the research competition is open to faculty and staff at any public or private research or higher education institution in the state.

Maine Sea Grant Program Development Funds

OPEN: Next due date for Program Development proposals is 1 April 2017.

Program Development funds are contingent on federal budget appropriations. At this time, Maine Sea Grant anticipates having funds available to support upcoming Program Development activities in October and April. Follow the link above for further details on Program Development priorities and process.  

NOAA Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative 2017

CLOSED. Deadline March 7, 2017 for submitting proposal ideas to Maine Sea Grant Director Paul Anderson

2017 NOAA Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative includes two competitive funding opportunities. The first competition is focused on projects that show great promise to increase aquaculture production in the near future by clearly addressing major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture production. The second competition is focused on projects that may be earlier in the exploratory/development phase that show promise to contribute to the expansion of sustainable marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture in the United States. Proposals must be submitted by the local Sea Grant program. More information and instructions.

Northeast Sea Grant Consortium Regional Request for Proposals

CLOSED. 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.

Sea Grant Supported Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities


OPEN: Maine Sea Grant Undergraduate Scholarship in Marine Sciences


CLOSED: Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship


CLOSED: NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship


CLOSED: Sea Grant/NMFS Graduate Fellowships in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics


Other NOAA Scholarship Opportunities


CLOSED: Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program


CLOSED: Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program