MDSG Program Development Fund

Maryland Sea Grant

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Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Conference, Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Maryland

Location of residency: Maryland

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The Maryland Sea Grant program focuses on supporting translational watershed, coastal, and marine science that can inform broad audiences in the Chesapeake Bay region and in Maryland's coastal areas. Maryland Sea Grant has the ability to support small, targeted grants that come under the general category of program development awards.

We give these awards to help support important new efforts or to offer strategic support to emerging areas of importance. Program Development funds are designed to stimulate and foster small-scale innovative projects that will eventually lead to submissions for larger grants from a variety of sources. 

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


  • To be successful in receiving Program Development funding, all proposal requests must be consistent with the current Maryland Sea Grant Strategic Plan and demonstrate a clear link between coastal and marine science and conservation and restoration efforts in Maryland. 
  • Demonstrating an outreach component or illuminating how the proposal is relevant to audiences beyond academia is an important consideration.
  • These funds also may be used to support workshops and educational opportunities that connect marine and coastal science to diverse audiences.
  • Maryland Sea Grant does not require matching funds be contributed.


  • Maryland Sea Grant's policy that Program Development awards may not be charged any indirect costs.