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 for submitting proposals called eSeaGrant ( While you may register yourself for eSeaGrant, you will need to email to submit a proposal.

NEW! Biennial grant competition

Competitive research grants are offered every two years, assuming Congressional authorization and appropriation. This call invites preliminary proposals from researchers who are affiliated with any Oregon institution of higher education for two-year research projects that address cutting-edge socioeconomic and biophysical science related to important marine and coastal issues. We will be 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.

Pre-proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. PST on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

For questions about our funding priorities and policies, the scientific aspects of your proposal, the application process and submission system or 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:

NEW! SEED-LEAF grant competition

The 2018-2022 SEED-LEAF Research Competition is a new Oregon Sea Grant initiative. The purpose of this pilot effort is to foster interdisciplinary research approaches that address issues critical to Oregon’s coast and citizens. Initial SEED projects provide nine months of support to convene a team and design a larger effort, the three+ year LEAF project. We will be funding three to five SEED projects at up to $50,000 each for April 1, 2017, through January 31, 2018. 

SEED proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 6, 2017.

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.

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