Funding Opportunities

Maine Sea Grant Biennial Request for Proposals

OPEN.  Full proposals due Monday, June 5, 2017. Investigators who submitted a preliminary proposal can view the guidelines here.

Through our biennial request for proposals, we strive to sponsor a diverse research portfolio that links the scientific capacity of Maine with the needs of coastal stakeholders. Assuming no changes in the federal Sea Grant appropriation and the requirements of the non-research components of the Maine Sea Grant program, an estimated $750,000 will be available to support research projects over the two-year funding period. Total two-year requests are limited to $150,000 in Sea Grant funds (including all direct and indirect costs). 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

CLOSED. Next due date for Program Development proposals is 1 October 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


CLOSED: 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