California Sea Grant College Program: Standard Core Award

California Sea Grant

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Grant amount: Up to US $250,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 23, 2019 5:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 30, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Faculty Working Professional

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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Founded in 1973, California Sea Grant is part of a national network, funded and coordinated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through a state-federal partnership to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal and marine resources through scientific research, education and extension.

The California Sea Grant College Program is now soliciting preliminary proposals for projects to begin on/after February 1. Faculty and academic staff from universities and scientists from research institutions throughout California are invited to apply. 

Proposals for “Standard Core Awards” are of 2-years duration and at levels of funding up to a maximum of $125,000/year, plus (optionally) one graduate trainee. 

Strategic Focus Area

California Sea Grant continues to focus on the following integrated themes (or Strategic Focus Areas):

Healthy Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

  • Support research and provide information to understand the dynamics and  functioning of coastal and marine ecosystems.
    • Prioritize obtaining information valuable to the  conservation, restoration and management of these ecosystems to ensure their long-term health  and productivity.
  • Understand sources and sinks of, and help reduce, water and sediment  contamination, and their impacts, on the coastal and marine environment.
  • Support research to understand the impacts of climate change on coastal and marine species and environments.
  • Support research to understand and forecast harmful algal blooms (HABs) and their impacts on coastal ecosystems and coastal communities.
  • Document the introduction and spread of invasive, non-native plants and animals in estuarine and coastal marine environments, their impacts on local ecosystems, and help manage established invading populations.

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA)

  • Provide information to promote the sustainable use of living coastal and marine  resources and associated communities
  • Provide science-based information to support and grow a sustainable California aquaculture industry to help meet the growing demand for seafood, and minimize negative  socio-economic and environmental impacts of aquaculture
  • Obtain and provide science-based information on probable anthropogenic impacts, including climate change, on key commercial and recreational fish and shellfish populations, and  associated human communities

Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies (RCCE)

  • Support communities and stakeholders to sustainably use, and policy makers to effectively manage, coastal and marine resources.
  • Work with communities to improve coastal environmental quality and the quality of human life on coasts
  • Assist communities in reducing vulnerability to coastal hazards
  • Work with communities and partners to plan for and adapt to the effects of climate change, including changes in the frequency and intensity of storms and waves, sea-level rise, ocean acidification and hypoxia. 


The California Sea Grant College Program emphasizes innovative applied research on ocean and coastal resources and processes. Research with a strong theoretical basis that encompasses clear, testable hypotheses is desirable. 

In contrast, low priority is given to survey or inventory studies. Research that has national or international application, or that addresses important regional issues, problems, and opportunities is appropriate. 

The duration of a project request is typically two years, though requests for a 1-year award are fine.  A maximum of three years of support may be requested if circumstances and the quality/importance of the research are exceptional (there will be a “high bar” applied to judging the need for and value of a project exceeding 2 years duration). Project extramural budgets may not exceed $125,000 per year. Above this limit, a researcher may request funds to provide a stipend for one graduate student  per year (up to a maximum of $27,500, as appropriate to the student and institution). The average project budget excluding the graduate stipend is approximately $100,000 - $110,000 per year.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Faculty and academic staff from universities and scientists from research institutions throughout California are invited to apply.
  • Matching funds requirement: A project leader is required to match each $2 received in NOAA/Sea Grant funds with $1 from nonfederal sources.