Oregon Sea Grant supports competitive, peer-reviewed research allowing top ocean and coastal scientists from all over Oregon to apply their skills to issues of critical importance to the state, the region and the nation.

Our grant submission and approval process is guided by a program-wide commitment to

  • improving human health and safety related to ocean and coastal use
  • promoting social progress and economic vitality
  • enhancing the sustainability of coastal ecosystems

We strive to meet and anticipate the region's changing needs through an integrated program of research, public engagement and education, with the goals of creating an informed and engaged society, and investing in and using sound science. That includes soliciting grant proposals in key issue areas determined - and periodically adjusted - through an ongoing strategic planning process that involves both scientists and stakeholders.

Grant opportunities

Every two years, we award approximately $2 million in research grants through a rigorous, competitive, peer-reviewed process. Researchers affiliated with any Oregon institution of higher education are welcomed to apply. Smaller Program Development grants are available between biennial cycles, when funding permits, to address urgent or emerging regional needs with high relevance to society. In addition, Sea Grant faculty conduct their own research with a variety of funding sources, studying issues ranging from community preparedness for climate change to better understanding how people learn. 

Projects are chosen for their alignment with our strategic goals, and all are expected to include public engagement components to ensure that the results of innovative science will be put to work on the ground - and in the water. Sea Grant connects scientists with fishermen, community leaders and others on the coast who can provide ground-truthing and hands-on collaboration.