Marine debris challenge competition

The National Sea Grant College Program announced a new funding opportunity to support innovative research to application projects that will address the prevention and removal of marine debris.

Sea Grant anticipates approximately $16,000,000 in FY 2022 and 2023 federal funds will be available to support innovative, transformational research to application projects that will address the prevention and/or removal of marine debris. Proposals are sought that will build upon and extend existing knowledge and efforts related to marine debris; support broad, non-proprietary, and innovative research to address critical gaps with respect to marine debris; and make that information available to communities and stakeholders.

Interested entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through a relevant Sea Grant program. Please note that it is not a requirement that investigators, including the PI, are part of a Sea Grant program; however proposals must be submitted with and through a Sea Grant program.

Letters of intent are required in order to be eligible to submit a full proposal. Letters of intent or applications that do not come through a Sea Grant program will be rejected without review.

Read formal announcement on NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007452

Relevant dates 

  • July 12, 2022: An informational webinar about the funding opportunity will be held at 4:30 pm ET. Register in advance here
  • August 9, 2022: Letters of Intent (LOI) must be submitted to NSGO by the Maine Sea Grant Program. LOIs and projects that are co-produced with Sea Grant programs will be more competitive. Applicants that do not submit a LOI will not be eligible to submit a full proposal. 
  • September 2, 2022: Abstracts and a 90-4 (near final) budget must be submitted to Maine Sea Grant.
  • September 9, 2022: Final Budget and Justification must be submitted to Maine Sea Grant.
  • September 23, 2022: Final documents (Narrative, CVs, Letters of Support, etc) are due to Maine Sea Grant.
  • September 30, 2022: Applications must be submitted to


If you have questions or need further assistance, please email Assistant Director for Research, Jessica Jansujwicz