North Carolina Sea Grant Minigrant

North Carolina Sea Grant

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Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: College / University Faculty Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: North Carolina

Location of residency: North Carolina

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North Carolina Sea Grant provides research, education and outreach opportunities relating to current issues affecting the North Carolina coast and its communities. Since 1970, North Carolina Sea Grant has prided itself on being a valuable resource for scientists, educators, local officials, government agencies, coastal businesses and the public to find unbiased, scientifically sound information about the state’s coastal ecosystems.

North Carolina Sea Grant facilitates funding for millions of dollars of research, outreach and education programs each year. Our initiatives and projects touch a broad range of topics, including fisheries, seafood science and technology, water quality, aquaculture, community development, law and policy, and coastal hazards.

Through a combination of federal and state dollars, we facilitate university-based research to answer complex questions about the state’s diverse coastal ecosystems and meet the needs of coastal communities. This research fuels outreach and education programs that promote discovery, learning, new research and awareness across the state and the nation.

Headquartered at North Carolina State University, we are an inter-institutional program within the University of North Carolina system. Sea Grant has offices in Manteo, Morehead City and Wilmington. Our researchers come from public and private universities across the state. As part of the National Sea Grant Network, we receive funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Minigrant Program

North Carolina Sea Grant works to ensure that all who are connected to our coast can benefit from the programs and research we provide. We bring together business owners, institutional experts, government agencies and community leaders to learn about our coast and from one another.

North Carolina Sea Grant provides rapid-response, seed and starter grants on a limited basis and as funding allows.

A unique strength of the North Carolina Sea Grant Minigrant Program is its ability to test new ideas, augment ongoing research efforts, stimulate innovation, and address short range time sensitive, critical needs. Minigrants offer the capability to respond to emerging opportunities that cannot be predicted for regular proposal preparation and review. We support small projects, typically costing less than $5,000, to allow scientists to gather samples and data when time is of the essence. The minigrant award may allow investigators to gather initial information or pilot test a whole new line of inquiry. Such early findings can subsequently spur major research and outreach efforts funded by other sources. 

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


  • University-affiliated applicants also must include a signed signature page from their office of sponsored programs.


  • Minigrant budgets are generally less than $5,000. Cost sharing is not required.


  • Minigrant budgets do not allow indirect costs.