From time to time, Oregon Sea Grant issues special calls for proposals related to targeted research areas of state, regional or national significance.

If you would like to be notified when such opportunities occur, subscribe to our RFP notification e-mail list.

Addressing Economic and Market Needs of the U.S. Aquaculture Industry

The National Sea Grant Office announces a new funding opportunity for aquaculture research projects and programs that significantly advance the understanding of aquaculture economics in the U.S. and address gaps regarding important market information. The overall goal is to advance business management towards the development of a sustainable marine and Great Lakes aquaculture industry in the U.S. Subject to the availability of funding, Sea Grant anticipates approximately $5 million will be available for this competition.

All proposals to this competition must be submitted by a Sea Grant Program. Other interested entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through a relevant Sea Grant Program.

Note from the Notice of Federal Funding – “Proposals must also include funding (Federal or match) for Sea Grant extension personnel as collaborators. Industry stakeholder participation/involvement in projects is strongly encouraged.”

Please contact Oregon Sea Grant ASAP to discuss proposal ideas. Sarah Kolesar (

Notice of Federal Funding: Read the formal announcement on NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006331

Informational Webinar February 5, 2020, at 3 pm Eastern (Register or join here)

Proposal Deadlines:
February 26, 2020 – Intent to submit due to Oregon Sea Grant and the National Sea Grant Office. Please address Oregon Sea Grant emails to Shelby Walker ( and National Sea Grant emails to

July 14, 2020* – Full proposals due in
*Note – all full proposal materials will need to be received by Oregon Sea Grant well in advance of this deadline to meet internal proposal submission processing timelines. We will provide submitting investigators with further details.


Note: We intend to announce this opportunity in June, 2020, but timelines may change due to the COVID-19 situation. Please subscribe to our RFP listserv for up-to-date information:

Starting in 2020, Oregon Sea Grant will launch another SEED-LEAF competition.

This grant competition invites researchers affiliated with any Oregon institution of higher education to submit SEED proposals for interdisciplinary research projects that address cutting-edge, socioeconomic, and biophysical science related to important marine and coastal issues. The SEED project provides an initial 12 months of support for the team, ideally leading to a longer-term, larger-scale effort: the LEAF project.

The SEED projects are selected in an open, competitive, peer-review process, and successful SEED teams are eligible to apply for LEAF support.

The RFP for the SEED proposal will be released in June 2020. Successful SEED projects begin on January 1, 2021; successful LEAF projects would begin July 1, 2022.

Each SEED research project must include:

  • Research approaches from at least two distinct disciplines;
  • Engagement component designed to integrate potential information-users and stakeholders into the research process;
  • An outreach plan to ensure the research process and results are useful and usable to these constituencies.

See this example of the previous SEED Request for Proposal.

Upcoming - Office Hours

Oregon Sea Grant has designated Office Hours for researchers to meet with OSG outreach and engagement professionals to plan those components of the project. Office Hours are tentatively planned for July 8, 16, 22 and 23.

More details about these Office Hours will be shared in the coming months, including how to register for a session.

Oregon Sea Grant supports the highest quality marine and coastal research characterized by strong societal relevance, so only the most creative and rigorously conceived proposals will receive consideration.