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.

NEW! Oregon Sea Grant Coastal Arts Support Pilot Program

The Oregon Sea Grant Coastal Arts Support Pilot Program (PDF) aims to advance a broader understanding and engagement with Oregon’s coastal and marine ecosystems by supporting innovative art projects that align with the Oregon Sea Grant Strategic Plan and our vision, mission, and values.

Creative projects that could be supported by this program include all mediums, such as: painting, graphic art, sculpture, indoor or outdoor installations, musical compositions, performances, photography, poetry, fiction, film, dance, digital media, etc. Oregon Sea Grant anticipates funding 3-5 one-year projects/year that range from $1,000 to $10,000.


We strongly encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with Oregon Sea Grant’s current projects and strategic investments, as well as our strategic plan, to inform the development of your project. These are available on our website.

  • Contact the Oregon Sea Grant Director, to discuss your proposed project ideas before submitting a proposal.
  • Email [email protected] at least a week prior to proposal submission to register for eSeaGrant (additional details below).

We use eSeaGrant, a web-based tool for submitting, reviewing, updating, and tracking program all OSG proposals and projects. To register for the eSeaGrant system, the applicant must email a request to [email protected] at least a week prior to proposal submission with the email subject “Coastal Arts Support Pilot Program” and a very brief (1-2 sentences) description of your proposal. If you cannot submit using the eSeaGrant system, please contact the Oregon Sea Grant Research & Scholars Coordinator for accommodation.

  • Submit your proposal through eSeaGrant by the quarterly review deadline (additional details on proposal components in the request for proposals (RFP) linked below).
  • Decisions will be communicated within six to eight weeks of the relevant quarterly deadline (additional details on how proposals are evaluated in the RFP linked below).


Coastal Arts Pilot Program proposals will be considered on a quarterly basis through June 2024. Deadlines for the quarterly reviews are scheduled for September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30, 2024. Decisions will be communicated in 6-8 weeks of each deadline. Individual requests for rapid response or event support outside of planned review periods may also be considered.

Additional details on eligibility and how to apply can be found in the OSG Coast Arts Pilot Program Request for Applications (PDF).

Examples of recent projects funded by Oregon Sea Grant that align with this Pilot Program

This is a one year pilot effort to assess approach and response. Based upon the preliminary year input, we anticipate refining this and establishing an ongoing arts-supporting effort.


2021-2026 SEED-LEAF Competition

The deadlines for the 2021-2026 SEED-LEAF opportunity have passed. 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. Please see the full 2021-2026 SEED-LEAF Request for Applications (PDF) for more details.

The SEED letters of intent are due July 24, 2020 and SEED proposals are due August 10, 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.