Oregon Biennial Competitive Research Grants

Oregon Sea Grant

Grant amount: Up to US $230,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 21, 2019 5:00pm PST (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: May 26, 2019 5:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher College / University Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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Competitive research grants are offered every two years, assuming Congressional authorization and appropriation. This call invites preliminary proposals from researchers who are affiliated with any Oregon institution of higher education for two-year research projects that address cutting-edge socioeconomic and biophysical science related to important marine and coastal issues. We will be funding three to five projects at up to $115,000 per year for each individual project. Project duration is February 1, 2018, through January 31, 2020.

Oregon Sea Grant (OSG) supports the highest quality marine and coastal research characterized by strong societal relevance, so only the most creative and rigorously conceived proposals will receive consideration. Each research project must include an outreach and engagement component designed to integrate potential information-users and stakeholders into the research process and ensure the research results will be useful and usable to these constituencies. New to this competitive funding call are designated “office hours” opportunities to meet with Oregon Sea Grant outreach and engagement professionals to plan that component of the project. Projects will be selected through an open, competitive, peer-review process.

An ideal Sea Grant proposal would apply the best science and an innovative approach to a well-defined coastal or marine problem or opportunity that is important to Oregon, the Pacific Northwest region, and the nation. All pre-proposals must state how they support Oregon Sea Grant’s thematic areas and associated research goals.

The two primary criteria for evaluating proposals are:

  • scientific excellence 
  • societal relevance, which includes relevance of the proposed work to addressing the strategic goals supporting Oregon Sea Grant’s four thematic areas, and the potential for societal impact.

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


  • Eligibility Information:
    • Preliminary proposals may be submitted by faculty of any public or private institution of higher education in Oregon; the project’s lead Principal Investigator (PI) must be deemed eligible by their institution to receive extramural funding.
    • While non-academic researchers may be included among the co-principal investigators (co-PIs), awards will be made only through colleges and universities.
    • NOTE: Only one preliminary proposal per lead Principal Investigator may be submitted.
      • Project participants who are employees of Sea Grant may be part of a project team and serve as co-PIs, but they may not be project lead Principal Investigators.
    • Project budgets for Sea Grant employees may include support for activities, but not salary or benefits.
    • Oregon Sea Grant encourages submissions from researchers new to Sea Grant and those from diverse backgrounds. 


  •  We encourage the involvement of collaborators and researchers who are not Oregon university faculty (collaborators may be with industry,state/regional/federal agencies, tribes, NGOs, and/or other research or academic institutions). 


  • Direct salary support for individuals from state and federal agencies, tribal, and for-profit and foreign organizations is not allowed; however, non-federal contributions can be counted as matching or in-kind support for the project.