Rhode Island Sea Research Grant

Rhode Island Sea Grant

Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 17, 2019 1:00pm PST (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 1, 2019 1:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: College / University Postdoctoral Researcher Nonprofit Faculty Working Professional

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Rhode Island

Location of residency: Rhode Island

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Rhode Island Sea Grant’s core mission is to improve understanding and management of Rhode Island’s coastal and marine ecosystems. To achieve this mission, we provide support for scientific research, legal and policy studies, outreach, extension, and communications programs. Our primary offices are located at the University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography. Our Legal Program is located at Roger Williams University School of Law, and our extension program at the URI Coastal Resources Center. Rhode Island Sea Grant is a partnership between URI, the National Sea Grant College Program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the State of Rhode Island. 

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is for research projects (individual or multi-institutional) up to 2 years in length to be funded under Rhode Island Sea Grant’s 2018–2022 Omnibus Proposal.

Rhode Island Sea Grant’s Research Priorities for 2018–2020

For the 2018–2020 portion of its Omnibus, Rhode Island Sea Grant intends to fund projects that include Sea Grant’s functional areas of research, education, outreach and communications, and that are collaborative, multi-­ ­disciplinary, and/or multi-institutional in the following topical/thematic areas: 

Establishment of baselines that lead to improved understanding of the socio-economic impacts of wind energy produced by the wind farm off Block Island on, including but not limited to: 

  • Rhode Island tourism
  • Commercial and recreational fishing in Rhode Island waters
  • Coastal and water-dependent business in Rhode Island

Improved understanding of harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Rhode Island waters, with a focus on Alexandrium and Pseudo-nitzschia taxa, including but not limited to: 

  • Synthesis of timing and occurrence of regional blooms and their use as a predictive mechanism for blooms in Rhode Island coastal waters. 
  • Phytoplankton biotoxin production and rates at which biotoxins are transferred to shellfish. 
  • The role that environment vs. genetics plays in determining “toxicity” within species of concern along a north–south geographic gradient. 
  • Development of tools and models that improve prediction of HABs and the ability to manage recreational and commercial shellfish resources in Rhode Island waters.
  • The socio-economic impacts of HAB outbreaks on the Rhode Island shellfish industry.

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


  • This Request for Proposals (RFP) is for research projects (individual or multi-institutional). 
  • Sea Grant is a match program; for each $2 of Sea Grant funding received at least $1 of non-­ ­federal support must be contributed.


  •  Federal funds cannot be used as matching funds.