Texas Sea Grant College Program Research Grants

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Grant amount: Up to US $150,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 4, 2021 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 14, 2021 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Indigenous Group For-Profit Business College / University Nonprofit Unaffiliated Researcher Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Texas

Location of residency: Texas

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Request for Research Proposals FY2020-2022

The Texas Sea Grant College Program supports integrated research and extension projects that improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas' coastal and marine resources, from inland areas connected to watersheds to the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The overarching goals of the Texas Sea Grant's research program are to support outcome-oriented research engineering, and to make research investments that will generate substantial long-term impacts in Texas. Outcome-oriented research is defined as research that provides quantifiable evidence for short-term (learning: awareness, knowledge, skills, motivations), medium-term (action: behavior, practice, decisions, policies), and/or long-term (consequences: social, economic, environmental) impacts in Texas. 

Texas Sea Grant undergoes a rigorous annual evaluation by the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) to ensure the greatest benefit from its federal and state investments and to assess the programs progress toward its strategic plan. This annual review includes Texas Sea Grant-funded research outcomes and their contribution toward the program's strategic plan. Therefore, the most competitive research proposals will align with one or more of the following focus areas: 

  • Resilient Communities and Economies
  • Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

and address one or more of the research priorities established for this RFP. 

Approximately $750,000 per year will be available to support 4-6 proposals, contingent on availability of funds from NOAA. Proposal budgets should be no greater than $150,000 in combined direct and indirect costs per year. 50% non-federal cost-sharing is required. 

Research Priorities

Texas Sea Grant encourages research with an emphasis in one or more of the following: 

Focus Area: Resilient Communities and Economies

  • Social vulnerability, coastal planning, risk perception, risk-informed decision-making, hazard mitigation, disaster preparedness, sea-level rise, flooding, climate change, green infrastructure. 
  • Water availability and use, water systems, water management and planning, water desalination, the water-energy nexus. 

Focus Area: Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

  • Fishing gear/methods/practices, safety, and technology, fisheries management. 
  • Seafood consumer behavior, seafood markets, seafood quality and safety. 
  • Fishing and seafood industry labor practices, safety and vulnerability. 
  • Current and emerging aquaculture species, aquaculture production systems, aquaculture economics and viability, and aquaculture seafood quality and safety. 

Focus Area: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

  • Ecosystem-based management, ecosystem assessments, ecosystem health, ecosystem restoration, and ecosystem valuation. 
  • Water quality and quantity, freshwater inflows, desalination. 

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


  •  Eligible Applicants:
    • Universities and colleges: Texas universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) acting on behalf of their faculty members.
    • Nonprofit, non-academic institutions: Independent museums, observatories, research laboratories,  professional societies and similar organizations in Texas that are directly associated with educational or research activities.
    • For-profit organizations: Commercial firms, especially small businesses with strong capabilities in  scientific or engineering research or education. Texas Sea Grant is interested in supporting  collaborative projects between universities and the private sector.
    • Unaffiliated persons: Individuals who have no affiliations with organizations that could act as grantee  organizations may receive support for meritorious research if they have the capability and use of  facilities needed to perform the work and agree to fiscal arrangements satisfactory to Texas Sea Grant and Texas A&M University.
    • State, local and Indian tribal governments.
  •  50% non-federal cost-sharing is required.