Sea Grant supports marine science excellence and innovation

Oregon Sea Grant provides competitive and noncompetitive funding opportunities for university-based researchers who seek to address questions about our oceans, coastlines and their natural and human communities. Projects often involve collaboration among scientists from public and private agencies, and from other parts of the region or the world. Primary funding comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as authorized and appropriated by the US Congress.

In addition to our biennial omnibus grant competition, we offer modest, fast-track support for urgent or innovative projects, when funds are available. We also manage and process applications for a number of grants offered via the National Sea Grant office and other federal and state agencies.

We also offer a growing number of fellowships and internships to graduate and undergraduate students via our Sea Grant Scholars program.

Did you miss the informational seminar on Oregon Sea Grant’s Upcoming Funding Opportunities? Learn about our new and existing research funding opportunities by watching a recording of the "Upcoming Oregon Sea Grant Research Funding Opportunities" seminar.

Note: Oregon Sea Grant is using a new system, called eSeaGrant, for submitting proposals. While you may register yourself for eSeaGrant, you will need to email eseagrant@oregonstate.edu to submit a proposal.

Proposal Templates and Documents

Templates and documents helpful to developing a proposal for Oregon Sea Grant support (e.g., Budget template, Data Management Plan template, Conflict of Interest policy, etc) are available on our Proposal Templates and Documents page.

Biennial grant competition

Competitive research grants are offered every two years, assuming Congressional authorization and appropriation. For example, the most recent call (which closed on February 21, 2017) invited preliminary proposals from researchers who were affiliated with any Oregon institution of higher education for two-year research projects that addressed cutting-edge socioeconomic and biophysical science related to important marine and coastal issues. We are funding three to five projects at up to $115,000 per year for each individual project. Project duration is February 1, 2018, through January 31, 2020. Below, for information purposes only, is the request for preliminary proposals.

If you have questions about our funding priorities and policies, the scientific aspects of your proposal, the application process and submission system or if you want to subscribe to our RFP notification email list, contact Sarah Kolesar.

Special grant opportunities

As funds are available, Oregon Sea Grant periodically offers special opportunities outside of its two-year funding cycle. Current calls, when available, are listed here.

From time to time, as funds are available, Oregon Sea Grant issues special calls for proposals related to targeted research areas of high state, regional or national significance. To be notified when such opportunities occur, subscribe to our RFP notification e-mail list.

While no calls are open at this time, recent ones have supported research into

  • resilience questions related to important marine and coastal issues
  • social science and human-dimension research
  • contaminants in Oregon waters
  • tsunami marine debris

For more information, please contact our research coordinator, Sarah Kolesar.

Program development grants

As resources are available, Oregon Sea Grant also offers small, short-term grants to meet pressing research needs between biennial funding cycles. Amounts are modest - typically less than $10,000 - and the application and review process is simplified and compressed. Researchers may apply at any time. Visit our Program Development Grants page for details.

Activity and conference support

As funds are available, Oregon Sea Grant offers resources to conferences or other activities that support or promote interaction, engagement or discussion with our stakeholders on topical areas that align with our strategic efforts. Visit our Activity and Conference Support page for details.

Additional grant opportunities

The National Sea Grant Program periodically offers special funding opportunities for projects addressing strategic national or regional needs. In some cases, you must apply through Oregon Sea Grant; in others, submissions go directly to the granting agency.