South Carolina Biennial Sea Grant Program

South Carolina Sea Grant

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Grant amount: US $20,000 - US $160,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 18, 2021 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 14, 2021 (Full proposal), Jan 14, 2023 (Full proposal), Mar 18, 2023 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Research Scientist Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit Faculty Postdoctoral Researcher

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

Location of project: Florida, Georgia (US state), North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia

Location of residency: South Carolina

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The consortium is requesting Sea Grant Concept Letters on innovative research, education, and extension activities which seek to both understand and directly address major issues, problems, and opportunities related to the use, management, and conservation of marine and coastal resources by the citizens of the state and region. 

Consortium program priorities fall within the context of the NOAA NSGCP Strategic Plan and the Consortium's final draft FY 18-21 Strategic Plan, and focus on critical marine and coastal resources needs and opportunities for South Carolina and the region. 

Ocean and Coastal Research and Outreach Priorities

Section I provides a listing of the Consortium’s priority needs for this biennium. Studies involving multi-disciplinary approaches with state/regional/national significance are especially desired. Proposals will be expected to address specific RFP priorities identified under the following major themes (see Section 1 for a full list of objectives and priorities):

  • Healthy Coastal Ecosystems
    • Goal 1: Sound scientific information is available to support ecosystem-based approaches to land use and resource management decision-making throughout the coastal environment.
    • Goal 2: Restored and enhanced function and productivity of coastal and ocean ecosystems
  • Sustainable Coastal Development and Economy
    • Goal 1: Healthy and viable coastal communities and economies include robust working waterfronts, abundant recreation and tourism opportunities, and coastal access.
    • Goal 2: Coastal communities manage and conserve the resources needed to sustain their quality of life in light of rapid population growth, land-use change, and variations in climate and weather. 
    • Goal 3: State and local decision-makers possess the knowledge about the complex inter-relationships among the social, economic, and environmental characteristics of the coastal ocean (offshore) environment of the state and southeast region, and the tools necessary to manage emerging uses and optimize economic and environmental sustainability. 
  • Weather and Climate Resilience
    • Goal 1: Widespread community understanding of the risks associated with living, working, and doing business along the South Carolina coast encourages public and private decision-makers to create and adopt policies, plans, and ordinances to reduce risks, manage weather and climate events, and speed recovery. 
    • Goal 2: Generate and distribute information, management tools and technologies on beach, marsh, and dune systems that can help communities prepare for and mitigate the impacts of shoreline changes. 
  • Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture
    • Goal 1: Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture that balance the ecological needs of the resource and socioeconomic needs of communities. 
    • Goal 2: A healthy domestic seafood industry that harvests, produces, processes, and markets seafood responsibly and sustainably. 
  • Scientific Literacy and Workforce Development
    • Goal 1: Coastal and ocean K-12 education programs foster scientific literacy, stewardship, and exposure to STEM-based careers in both formal and informal settings. 
    • Goal2 2: Coastal and ocean education programs foster the development of a diverse scientifically trained workforce. 
    • Goal 3: improve public understanding about the coastal and marine environment and related community issues. 

Available Funding

This invitation covers a 2 year period. Successful major projects through the Consortium are generally supported in the range of $20,000 to $80,000 per year (higher for multi-investigator and/or multi-institutional proposals) and provide at least the required 50% non-federal match. 

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


  • Non-federal match of at least $1 is required for every $2 requested from Sea Grant. 


  • PIs are strongly encouraged to submit Concept Letters that directly address one or more of the priorities in Section I. 
    • Concept letters that address other topics may be submitted; however, the burden of justifying the need for the effort proposed list entirely with the investigator(s). 
  • Interdisciplinary projects involving the natural, physical, and social sciences are appropriate and strongly encouraged. 
  • Multi-institutional and regional efforts are also encouraged, as are collaborations with colleagues in business, industry, and government agencies.