• Faculty Funding

    Faculty Funding

Florida Sea Grant supports the work of scientists and researchers in a wide variety of disciplines from institutions around the state. Researchers are invited to apply for grant funds by visiting our Open Funding Opportunities page.

Biennial Call for Proposals

Every two years, Florida Sea Grant solicits Statements of Interest for two-year coastal and ocean applied research grants that reflect priorities identified in the current Florida Sea Grant Strategic Plan. Complete details at this link.

Deadline: February 13, 2017 at 3 pm EST.

Florida Sea Grant Elise Newell Seminar Series

This opportunity is now closed.

Annually these seminars allow persons from on and off Florida’s campuses to learn more about timely issues concerning the coasts and oceans. Seminars may address any coastal or ocean topic of current importance to Florida and falling under one of our programmatic focus areas: healthy oceans and coasts, sustainable coastal communities and economies, safe and sustainable seafood, and hazard-resilient and climate-ready coasts. We will support 10 seminar speakers at $1,000 each in travel funds for a total funding level of $10,000, therefore request that applicants carefully develop their budgets to keep costs down. This will allow more seminars to occur state-wide with our limited resources.

This is an honorary seminar series named after Elise B. Newell, who served as the fiscal officer for Florida Sea Grant from 1979 until her death in 1997. During that time she mentored colleagues statewide and nationally, always seeking ways to advance the efforts of faculty and students. The series reflects Elise’s commitment to excellence and service to Florida.

The format for each event includes a formal presentation and individual and small group discussions with faculty, students and resource managers. Through these seminars, Florida Sea Grant fosters the goal of providing highly relevant academic service to the public of Florida on critical coastal and ocean issues. 

Newell Guidelines

Coastal Resilience Research Proposals

This opportunity is now closed.

The selected research projects will nominally be funded for 21 months, and should be proposed for the period December 1, 2014 to August 31, 2016. Note that Sea Grant allows for a one year no-cost extension on research projects should unexpected issues arise that result in a project taking longer than expected until completion. As with all Sea Grant research competitions, funding ultimately is dependent on the transfer of funds to our state program from NOAA. Funding is available only to institutions in Florida.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

These funds are available to researchers in Florida at universities, agencies, or other organizations. However, the Principal Investigator must meet the criteria in item C on page 2 of this call for proposals.

June 2 – Special RFP Posted
July 15 – Proposals Due (no later than 4 PM, no exceptions)
July-August – Peer Review Conducted
September 18 – Technical Panel Meets to Discuss Proposals
September 30 – Proposals Selected for Funding
October 3 – Faculty Notified if Proposal Successful
December 1 – Projects Start (assuming there are no unexpected issues with disbursing funds)

Priority Topics

Proposals must be responsive to one of the following topics, and it is required that Principal Investigators work with end-users to formulate project plans that have a clear description of how the results are being conveyed to those communities, businesses or residents.

  • Develop innovative approaches that help coastal communities implement policies and plans that increase resilience to coastal hazards.


  • Develop innovative approaches that change the behavior of coastal businesses and/or residents so that they are more resilient when making decisions and taking actions in a risk-prone environment.

For full RFP https://www.flseagrant.org/funding/open/coastal-resilience-research-proposals/

NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program 2014

This opportunity is now closed.

This aquaculture research competition is designed to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes aquaculture. Aquaculture that occurs in the Great Lakes or its coastal zone is eligible for this competition. The NOAA National Sea Grant College Program was established by Congress to promote responsible use and conservation of the nation’s ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources. Sea Grant carries out NOAA’s mission of stewardship of our country’s oceanic and atmospheric resources through a broadly based network of universities.


Pre-proposals must be received by electronic mail to the National Sea Grant Office by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 21, 2014.

Full proposals are due from applicants to the Florida Sea Grant Program by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 5, 2014.

Applications received after the closing dates and times will not be accepted.

Funding Opportunity Description:

Depending on the availability of funds, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have up to $3,000,000 available for a national competition to fund new FY 2014 marine aquaculture research projects. This is part of the overall plan to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes aquaculture.

Topical priorities for this FY 2014 competition are, briefly:

(1) research to inform pending, regulatory decisions on the local, state, or federal level leading to an information product — such as a tool, technology, template, or model needed to make final decisions on a specific question regarding impacts of aquaculture; (2) public-private research partnerships that address specific, current problems that limit a steady supply of marine or Great Lakes fingerlings; and (3) social and/or economic research targeted to understand aquaculture issues in a larger context.

Applicants must describe how their proposed work will rapidly and significantly advance U.S. marine aquaculture development in the short-term (1-2 years after project completion).

Please search grants.gov for Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2014-2003987; Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.417, Sea Grant Support Information and Guidelines

Program Development Funds

This opportunity is not open at this time.

Florida Sea Grant will entertain Program Development proposals from faculty, extension agents and graduate students at Florida universities and research laboratories for seed money (up to $10,000) to undertake applied research and outreach projects targeted at a clearly defined issue affecting Florida’s coasts or coastal waters. Priority will be given to projects where there is a partnership with a resource management agency, an NGO, or the private sector, and where the partner has helped to define the issue that needs a solution. On occasion, we also will support workshops and other forums that similarly address priority coastal issues and that have clearly identified outcomes that accomplish such things as better linking research with outreach and resource management or prioritizing research to develop solutions to coastal issues. The topics addressed by PD projects must align with the priorities identified in the most recent Florida Sea Grant Strategic Plan (see Florida Sea Grant Strategic Plan 2014-17). The proposals will undergo relevancy review by the Sea Grant program directors and work action groups, and then external peer review for technical merit. To prepare a Program Development proposal for submission please access the following link: http://seagrant.ifas.ufl.edu/ProgramDevelopment/index.php.