Alaska Sea Grant Research Grants

Alaska Sea Grant

Grant amount: Approximately US $100,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 27, 2019 6:00pm PST (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 1, 2019 6:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Feb 27, 2021 6:00pm PST (Pre proposal), Jun 1, 2021 6:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Faculty Working Professional Indigenous Group College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Alaska

Location of residency: Alaska

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Alaska Sea Grant Research Grants

As part of our mission to enhance the wise use and conservation of Alaska’s marine, coastal and watershed resources through research, education and extension, Alaska Sea Grant supports a number of formal, peer-reviewed research projects on a two-year cycle. A Request for Proposals is normally issued in the fall of each even-numbered year for two-year projects to begin early in the next even-numbered year. We anticipate that our next call for proposals will be in December 2018.

Established at the University of Alaska in 1970, Alaska Sea Grant is one of 33 state programs within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Sea Grant College Program, authorized by Congress in 1968. We are funded by federal and state appropriations, as well as project-specific funds from local governments, federal and state agencies, community organizations and industry. 

Alaska Sea Grant (ASG) supports research, education, and extension activities that enhance the ability of Alaskans to understand, conserve, and sustainably use our rich and diverse marine and coastal resources. Alaska Sea Grant invites pre-proposals for research projects for the 2018–2020 biennium. Investigators at academic, research, and education institutions throughout the state of Alaska are invited to apply for one to two-year research projects that contribute to Alaska Sea Grant and state priority information needs, and advance knowledge in one of four focus areas: healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, resilient communities and economies, and environmental literacy and workforce development. 

We anticipate that approximately $500,000 per year will be available for this solicitation. Based on review of the pre-proposals, approximately 10–15 invitations to submit full proposals may be issued. Normal project duration is no more than two years, with project budgets (not including graduate student funding) roughly averaging $100,000. Because Sea Grant funds are subject to annual federal appropriations, all awards are subject to the availability of funds.

Program Summary and Priorities

Alaska Sea Grant encourages applications from researchers in the natural, social, and education sciences. ASG is especially interested in supporting collaborative projects, synthesis projects, interdisciplinary partnerships, and graduate students. Partnerships among academic and research institutions, agencies, local government, industry, and user groups are encouraged. For research projects that address regional issues (beyond Alaska), engage investigators outside of Alaska, and involve other Sea Grant programs, please consult with ASG to explore joint submittal and funding procedures.

Successful proposals combine scientific excellence and a focus on problems and opportunities facing marine and coastal users, managers, and educators. Current research projects are described on the ASG website.

Proposed research projects must identify priorities to be addressed and align with the critical program areas and goals identified in the draft ASG 2018–2021 Strategic Plan with four interrelated themes.

Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

Alaska’s diverse and productive marine and coastal ecosystems face unprecedented challenges from human activities and a changing climate. Alaska Sea Grant focuses on increasing the shared body of knowledge about these ecosystems, particularly to address concerns and interests of stakeholders and to support planning, management and mitigation. 

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

Alaska fisheries and aquaculture provide food, jobs, and economic and cultural value. Alaska Sea Grant focuses on facilitating the sustainable use of safe and high quality seafood and other marine resources and the sustainability of fisheries resources. 

Resilient Communities and Economies

Alaska’s coastal communities depend on coastal resources amid a time of environmental change. Alaska Sea Grant focuses on increasing resilience and well-being of coastal communities through diversification, growth, and strengthening of coastal economic sectors and maritime businesses; increasing capacity of Alaska’s coastal communities to adapt and respond to coastal hazards; and lowering the human risk of maritime activities. 

Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development

Alaska has a diverse and far-flung population with varying degrees of access to educational resources. Alaska Sea Grant focuses on increasing effective environmental literacy communication and instruction and increasing awareness of and opportunities for careers in Alaska’s maritime sectors. 

Student Support

Student training is an important project component. The direct involvement of graduate students is strongly encouraged for all research projects. ASG encourages projects that support student exposure to employment opportunities in marine businesses and professions. Maritime workforce projects that build pathways and programs for students to pursue maritime careers are encouraged. Project budgets also may include support for undergraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Only in exceptional cases will research projects be funded that lack significant involvement of graduate or undergraduate students or postdoctorates. 

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  • Project Principal Investigators (PIs) must be affiliated with a university, two- or four-year college, museum, research laboratory, or other nonprofit or tribal research or education institution in Alaska. 
    • Project Co-Principal Investigators (co-PIs) may be affiliated with the above-listed Alaska institutions, research or education institutions outside of Alaska, state and federal agencies, and for-profit and foreign organizations.
  • ASG welcomes proposals for cooperative projects involving research institutions and the private sector. 


  • Individuals from state and federal agencies and for-profit and foreign organizations are discouraged or prohibited from requesting direct support. 
  • ASG discourages PIs from submitting more than two preliminary proposals.
    • Even if a PI submits multiple preliminary proposals that are encouraged for development as a full proposal, he or she will be limited to submittal of a single project as PI to the full proposal stage.
    • There is no limit on the number of proposals in which an investigator may serve as co-PI.
  • PIs who have received ASG funds previously and have not completed all reporting requirements are ineligible for future funding until reports have been submitted and approved.