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: September 30, 2022

Formal Announcement on grants.gov: NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007452

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

Supplemental Information: Complete this Google Form to begin the discussion of our partnership under this program. Dr. McGuire will reach out for a follow up meeting prior to the LOI deadline.

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: Complete this Google Form to begin the discussion of our partnership under this program. Dr. McGuire will reach out for a follow up meeting prior to the LOI deadline.

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

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.