Connecticut Sea Grant College Program (CTSG) Grant - 2018-2020 Omnibus Funding Cycle

Connecticut Sea Grant

Grant amount: Up to US $150,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 24, 2019 1:30pm PST (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 2, 2019 1:30pm PDT (Full proposal), Feb 24, 2021 1:30pm PST (Pre proposal), Jun 2, 2021 1:30pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Faculty Working Professional Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Connecticut, New York

Location of residency: Connecticut

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Connecticut Sea Grant supports applied research in both natural and social sciences, education, and outreach activities to achieve healthy coastal and marine ecosystems and consequent public benefits, focusing on Connecticut, Long Island Sound and its watershed. The Connecticut Sea Grant College Program (CTSG) has issued its call for preliminary proposals for the 2018-2020 Omnibus Funding Cycle for the funding period of February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2020. 

Topic Areas

CTSG seeks natural and social science proposals for coastal/marine research, outreach, and education of the highest quality and relevance within the thematic areas identified in the draft Connecticut Sea Grant Strategic Plan for 2018-2021

Based on these thematic areas, additional strategic guidelines and priorities of NOAA and the National Sea Grant College Program (reflected in their respective strategic plans), and input from our external advisory committees, CTSG solicits preliminary proposals to conduct applied research to develop knowledge and tools in the following topic areas: 

Coastal ecosystems and watersheds

  • Changing coastal and marine ecosystems and effects on the services they provide
  • Coastal and marine habitat and species conservation, management and restoration
  • Watershed management, storm water management and low impact development measures that minimize impact on Long Island Sound 
  • Water quality impacts on Long Island Sound and relevant mitigation measures

Fisheries and aquaculture

  • Management and changing environmental conditions related to fisheries, marine aquaculture or marine resources 
  • Public health and socio-economics related to fisheries, marine aquaculture or marine resources 

Resilient communities

  • Resilience of coastal and watershed communities in the face of changing climatic conditions, ecosystem services and land use 
  • Capacity of communities / stakeholders to prepare for and respond to coastal and watershed hazards of natural or human origin 
  • Resilience of maritime economies (defined broadly, including recreational and commercial opportunities) to changing socio-economic and environmental conditions 

Environmental literacy

  • Educational research, assessment and evaluation strategies to develop and enhance the teaching and learning of ocean and coastal science content 

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


  • Sea Grant support is awarded on a competitive basis, and is available to researchers at all non-profit academic institutions, research laboratories, and extension/outreach facilities in Connecticut. 
    • The PI must be based at a Connecticut institution, although collaborators do not have to be located within Connecticut. 
  • All proposals must incorporate a central research component, and demonstrate the ability to produce new knowledge and further the goals of the Connecticut Sea Grant Strategic Plan within the time-frame of the two-year granting period. 
    • For the purposes of this RFP, research is defined as scientific endeavors with explicit and testable hypotheses that strive to answer “why” and “how” questions. 
  • It is required that proposals provide substantive evidence of the inclusion of an effective outreach or education plan that complements the research component.


  • Applied projects with clear relevance to Connecticut’s marine and coastal resources will be given priority. 


  • Within the scope of this RFP, proposals that focus primarily on describing or monitoring conditions and do not identify or test a specific hypothesis will not be considered.
  • Education and outreach activities that do not incorporate original research will not be considered.