Oregon Sea Grant: Program Development Grants

Oregon Sea Grant

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Next deadline: Jun 30, 2020

Later deadlines: Sep 30, 2020, Dec 31, 2020, Mar 31, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Fields of work: Marine/Ocean Conservation Oceanography Fisheries Climatology Marine Biology

Applicant type: Faculty, Postdoctoral Researcher, College / University

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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In addition to competitive grants awarded on a two-year cycle, Oregon Sea Grant offers modest grants for project opportunities or special needs aligned with the Oregon Sea Grant mission and vision that arise between the regular application periods, when resources are available. These funds generally are not intended to supplement an existing project, but to provide seed money for exploratory or high-risk efforts, or to respond to urgent needs or unforeseen opportunities that require a timely effort.

Oregon Sea Grant provides competitive and noncompetitive funding opportunities for university-based researchers who seek to address questions about our oceans, coastlines and their natural and human communities. Projects often involve collaboration among scientists from public and private agencies, and from other parts of the region or the world. Primary funding comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as authorized and appropriated by the US Congress.

Oregon Sea Grant is a catalyst that promotes discovery, understanding, and resilience for Oregon coastal communities and ecosystems.

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


  • 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.
    • Project participants who are employees of Sea Grant may be part of a project team or serve as the lead Principal Investigator.
  • Project budgets for Sea Grant employees should follow Oregon Sea Grant’s internal policy on additional support for partially-core funded employees. 
  • Individual requests for rapid response or event support outside of planned review periods may also be considered.


  • 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).
  • Preference is given to projects that are either (or both):
    • exploratory or high-risk efforts 
    • responsive to urgent needs or unforeseen opportunities that require a timely effort
  • Successful Program Development proposals are also likely to:
    • have clearly described outcomes linked to evaluation 
    • be societally relevant
    • address any proposed research questions in a scientifically sound manner
  • Additional considerations are given to projects that:
    • support investigators who are new to Oregon Sea Grant funding 
    • catalyze multidisciplinary or regional efforts


  • 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.