Sponsoring High-Quality, Applied Coastal Science

Florida Sea Grant funds applied research that addresses critical issues of today, while positioning itself to tackle emerging issues of tomorrow. 

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Science for the sustainable use and conservation of Florida’s oceans and coasts is at the heart of what we do, and it is part of our charge from Congress as one of 34 state-level Sea Grant programs nationwide.  

We fund actionable science to address priority topics in the following national and state focus areas: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Resilient Communities and Economies. 

We seek proposals from scientists that are working at 18 universities, colleges and research institutes located statewide. These scientists often work in collaboration with the private sector, local governments, non-governmental (non-profit) organizations and resource management agencies to ensure that results address stakeholder needs. Moreover, research scientists also often work collaboratively and simultaneously with Extension specialists and agents to ensure that the research-outreach enterprise is integrated for maximum impact.  

Further, our communications staff shares information broadly about funded projects with a wide range of audiences—from professional communities of experts to the general public—so that audiences remain informed about important work. Outreach staff also share information with a wide variety of audiences.

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Funding
Opportunities

Sea Grant provides a variety of funding opportunities based on its work in four focus areas: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies, and Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development. Funding opportunities that are available from the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) are competitively available to state-based Sea Grant programs, and occasionally to eligible entities (e.g., academic institutions, non-profit organizations, state agencies, etc.) that submit through the state program. Additional details, including webinars are often available at Inside Sea Grant.

Below is a summary of recent competitions with details pertaining to submission through Florida Sea Grant (FSG).

National Competitions

DESCRIPTION: Funding is to support innovative, transformational research to application projects that will address the prevention and/or removal of marine debris. Proposals are sought that will build upon and extend existing knowledge and efforts related to marine debris; support broad, non-proprietary, and innovative research to address critical gaps with respect to marine debris; and make that information available to communities and stakeholders.

FUNDING: Approximately $16 million in FY 2022 and 2023 is available for 5-12 projects of up to three years duration. Awards must range from $1 million to $3 million. Matching funds are not required.

ELIGIBILITY IN FLORIDA: Florida Sea Grant (interested entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through FSG).

LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) DEADLINE: August 9, 2022

FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINE: October 13, 2022

FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT ON GRANTS.GOV: NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007452

CONTACT: Dr. Maia McGuire, mpmcg@ufl.edu

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The deadline for letters of intent has now passed. If an LOI was not submitted by/through Florida Sea Grant, a full proposal will not be accepted.

DESCRIPTION: Funding is to support the creation of coalitions and partnerships among communities, groups, and localities – especially those that have been traditionally underserved – to address various marine debris challenges. Program priorities include (but are not limited to):

  • Building local coalitions and partnerships (including FSG) to identify and actively address marine debris prevention and removal at the community level.
  • Providing technical support to local businesses, municipalities, and other stakeholders to mitigate marine debris
  • Enhance community literacy around marine debris through formal and informal education
  • Educate and develop a local marine debris-aware workforce (e.g. fishers, harbormasters, charter boat operators, waterfront business owners, etc.)
  • Address topics from relevant, existing planning efforts, such as regional marine debris action plans or strategic plans

FUNDING: Approximately $3 million in FY 2022 and 2023 federal funds will be available to individual Sea Grant programs in order to support 10-15 Coalitions to operate for up to 3 years. Awards are capped at $300,000. Matching funds are not required.

ELIGIBILITY IN FLORIDA: Florida Sea Grant (interested entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through FSG).

LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) DEADLINE: August 16, 2022

FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINE: September 15, 2022

FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT ON GRANTS.GOV: NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007012

NSGO GUIDELINES: See announcement

CONTACT: Dr. Maia McGuire, mpmcg@ufl.edu

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The deadline for letters of intent has now passed. If an LOI was not submitted by/through Florida Sea Grant, a full proposal will not be accepted.

Description: Funding is to integrate research, its application, and community engagement in thematic areas of long-term coastal evolution, extreme storms, and human and ecosystem health. Proposals should address the needs or gaps that have been identified by or are evident from USCRP-funded projects (PDF list), to move research project findings toward application through service delivery and decision support for coastal community decision-makers, planners, and other coastal stakeholders.

Funding: Approximately $4 million will be available to support 10-20 Tier 1 (up to $150,000 over two years) or Tier 2 (up to $500,000 over four years) projects.  Matching funds will not be required for this competition.

Eligibility in Florida: Florida Sea Grant (interested entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through FSG).

Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline: June 15, 2022

Full Proposal Deadline: August 30, 2022

Formal Announcement on Grants.gov: NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007298

NSGO summary: Sea Grant and the U.S. Coastal Research Program (USCRP)

Contact: Dr. Charles Sidman, csidman@ufl.edu

Supplemental Information: Full proposals associated with FSG approved LOIs should submit through eSeaGrant. | Submittal Instructions | Webinar

Description: This opportunity supports local and regional training, education, outreach, and technical assistance initiatives for young fishermen, including programs, workshops, and services related to (1) seamanship, navigation, electronics, and safety; (2) vessel and engine care, maintenance, and repair; and (3) sustainable fishing practices. Grant recipients must be a collaborative state, tribal, local, or regionally-based network or partnership of public or private entities. Grants may not be used to purchase a fishing license, permit, quota, or other harvesting right.

Funding: The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) anticipates between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000 of federal funds will be available to support approximately 2-5 awards in order to develop and execute local, regional, and national programs, workshops, and services to enable fishermen to enter career paths and make a living supplying seafood from our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes. Awards will be made for no more than $400,000 in federal funds per project, and may be for one or two years, though for no more than $200,000/year. Applications require 25% non-federal match.

Eligibility in Florida: To be eligible to receive a grant under this program a recipient shall be a collaborative State, Tribal, local, or regionally based network or partnership of public or private entities, which may include— (A) a Sea Grant Institution; (B) a Federal or State agency or a Tribal organization; (C) a community-based nongovernmental organization; (D) fishermen’s cooperatives or associations; (E) an institution of higher education (including an institution awarding an associate’s degree), or a foundation maintained by an institution of higher education; or (F) any other appropriate entity.

Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline: December 1, 2022

Full Proposal Deadline: February 15, 2023

Formal Announcement on Grants.gov: NOAA-OAR-SG-2023-2007535

Contact: Questions about this opportunity may be submitted to sg.grants@noaa.gov.

Supplemental Information: Projects may benefit from engaging with the planning frameworks developed by Sea Grant programs in FY21-23. For questions regarding partnering with Florida Sea Grant please contact Dr. Charles Sidman, csidman@ufl.edu or Dr. Maia McGuire mpmcg@ufl.edu.

Regional Competitions

DATE POSTED: August 24, 2022

DESCRIPTION: Funding is to support projects focused on Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs), along the U.S. Atlantic Coast. Continued engagement with Sea Grant partners will be an important aspect of this competition, and engagement with Sea Grant programs will be valued in the review process.

FUNDING: Approximately $600,000 is available to support 4-6 awards of up to $150,000. Matching is required of at least 50% from nonfederal sources.

ELIGIBILITY: Any researcher that is served by Florida Sea Grant. All fieldwork must take place within the waterways of the U.S. East Coast states of ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, NC, SC, GA or FL.

LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) DEADLINE: September 23, 2022, by 5:00p.m. EST.

FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINE: October 25, 2022, by 11:59p.m. EST.

FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT: RFP with submission details.

CONTACT: Charles Sidman, csidman@ufl.edu

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: If an LOI is not submitted by the deadline, a full proposal will not be accepted. Researchers interested in engaging with the Florida Sea Grant program on this opportunity are encouraged to provide brief details on their ideas to this Google form.

Statewide Competitions

Date Posted: June 6, 2022

Description: Funding is to support Florida Sea Grant Work Action Groups (WAGs) to address timely coastal and ocean issues. Program Development projects are of short duration (one-year or less), lower budget and yield a definitive result, specifically tied to the circumstances that motivate the project. Projects are intended to generate social, environmental or economic outcomes sought under the current strategic plan and results need to be documented per the NSGO performance measures or metrics to the extent possible.  

FUNDING: Approximately $70,000 is available for 5-7 projects of up to one year duration in FY22-23. Awards are capped at $10,000 inclusive of IDC. Matching funds are not required.

Full Proposal Deadline: Ongoing

Eligibility IN FLORIDA: Florida Sea Grant (interested entities must submit proposals in partnership with a FSG WAG or FSG Extension Agent or Specialist).

Contact: Dr. Maia McGuire, mpmcg@ufl.edu

Supplemental Information: See FSG Guidelines. Any entity interested in working with a FSG WAG on this opportunity is encouraged to contact Dr. McGuire.

Date Posted: September 8, 2022

Description: Funding is to support Program Development mini grants that Florida-based investigators to address timely or urgent coastal and ocean issues or conduct pilot projects that offer opportunities for securing larger extramural grants. PD funding may support research, technology transfer via workshops or other venues, or experiments essential to coastal user groups.

FUNDING: Program Development projects are of short duration, lower budget (proposals cannot exceed $10,000) and yield a definitive result, specifically tied to the circumstances that motivate the project. Matching funds are not required.

Full Proposal Deadline: October 12, 2022 at 3:00 PM EST

Eligibility IN FLORIDA: Interested entities must submit proposals through FSG according to guidance in the announcement.

Contact: Dr. Charles Sidman csidman@ufl.edu or Dr. Sherry Larkin (slarkin@ufl.edu) to discuss project ideas; Dr. Nancy Montes (nancymontes@ufl.edu) for use of the eSeaGrant proposal submittal portal. See FSG Guidelines.

Supplemental Information: FSG anticipates supporting up to 8 of these projects.