Maine Sea Grant College Program - Biennial Request for Proposals

Maine Sea Grant

Grant amount: Up to US $150,000

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

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 5, 2019 3:30pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity College / University Nonprofit Faculty Working Professional

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Maine

Location of residency: Maine

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The Maine Sea Grant College Program invites preliminary proposals for research and synthesis projects to be funded in the period February 2018 through January 2020. Through this new request, we seek proposals of two separate categories. First, we seek to fund research proposals that link the scientific capacity of Maine with the needs of coastal stakeholders. Secondly, we aim to support synthesis efforts that will integrate knowledge from diverse sources to summarize our current understanding of coastal Maine issues, identify gaps in knowledge, and outline future research directions. Synthesis efforts should not include the collection of new data. Assuming no changes in the federal Sea Grant appropriation and the requirements of the non-research components of the Maine Sea Grant program, an estimated $750,000 will be available to support research projects over the two-year funding period. Maine Sea Grant is administered by the University of Maine, but the research competition is open to faculty and staff at any public or private research or higher education institution in the state. 

Maine Sea Grant Strategic Objectives for 2018-2021

Maine Sea Grant requests competitive research and synthesis proposals that align with, and are relevant to, the Maine Sea Grant strategic objectives outlined below and available in more detail here; integrate across Sea Grant’s functional areas of research, education, and outreach (extension and communications); and display a strong promise for meaningful societal impact and application. Collaborations with communities, industry, state and regional agencies, and other research institutions are encouraged. All proposals must therefore clearly identify how the proposed research or synthesis effort applies to one (or more) of the strategic objectives described below. Each research proposal must include an outreach component designed to extend the research findings to potential stakeholders and information users. Investigators are encouraged not only to list the strategic objectives that their project addresses, but to explicitly describe how understanding, tools, and data products generated in their projects will lead to measurable progress toward these priorities.

Coastal community constituents have the information, tools, resources, and support they need to:

Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

  • Protect and restore coastal ecosystem health and function.
  • Protect and improve coastal water quality.
  • Protect and improve habitat for native sea-run fish.

Resilient Communities

  • Enhance public decision-making processes related to ocean and coastal resource use and community planning initiatives.
  • Preserve their cultural heritage, including fisheries, working waterfronts, and other unique aspects related to the sea.
  • Support marine businesses and infrastructure by identifying opportunities and vulnerabilities and prioritizing how to address them.
  • Facilitate collaboration across sectors, especially between the seafood, tourism, and fisheries heritage sectors that enable mutually beneficial action.

Safe & Sustainable Seafood

  • Develop and support opportunities for wild harvesters and aquaculture producers to strengthen or diversify their seafood-related businesses.
  • Support applied research initiatives to diversify commercial seafood species through aquaculture and harvesting innovation.
  • Support applied research and extension services to improve coastal and marine resource monitoring and management, and inform community, regional, and statewide management planning processes.
  • Consumers have access to science-based information about Maine seafood.
  • Support marine business and infrastructure development by identifying opportunities and vulnerabilities and prioritizing how to address them.

Preparing for a Changing Climate

  • Support community, state, and regional efforts to understand, communicate about, and respond to climate-related changes in the marine and coastal environment, including ocean acidification, increased water temperature, and changes in native and non-native species populations, distributions, and disease.
  • Conduct applied research, and support community and state risk assessment and planning initiatives related to the impacts of sea-level rise, extreme storm events, and related erosion on coastal infrastructure.
  • Enhance and expand climate literacy and citizen science initiatives to increase understanding of the expected impacts of climate change, and address geographic and temporal gaps in climate data.
  • Support community and state outreach and community engagement efforts related to offshore wind and tidal renewable energy development initiatives.

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


  • Grant is administered by the University of Maine, but this competition is open to faculty and staff at any public or private research or higher education institution in the state.