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Applications Now Accepted for 2023
Girls in Science Program!

WHOI Sea Grant: A Smart Investment
in Massachusetts' Coastal Economy

Upcoming Teacher Workshop:
Bringing Shark Research on Cape Cod
into Your Classroom

Bob Chen and students at Boston Harbor

Woods Hole Sea Grant Launches $1.5 Million in
Coastal Research Projects for 2022-2023

Putting science to work for Massachusetts' coastal communities

A part of the NOAA-funded National Sea Grant Program, Woods Hole Sea Grant supports coastal communities through research, extension and education.

Our mission is to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal and marine resources by developing and sharing science-based knowledge to create a sustainable economy and environment for the diverse communities of Massachusetts.

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"What makes Sea Grant unique is that it facilitates the transfer of scientific results so that people can use it. And it provides a great opportunity to support fundamental science."
- Jeff Donnelly, Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

"I always bring back something to use in the classroom--lessons, videos, ideas, or actual physical artifacts. These workshops have strengthened my teaching and bring excitement to the subject matter." 
- Middle school teacher, a participant in the WHSG Topics in Oceanography workshops

“Sea Grant has been a hugely impactful program for guiding my research focus over the past several years. It has provided ... a great opportunity to produce fundamental research in coastal marine ecology while working and communicating with local communities and industry stakeholders who rely on coastal ecosystem health, especially in the Cape Cod and Islands region.”  
- Jeanette Wheeler, MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate

“Woods Hole Sea Grant’s ongoing efforts to support our industry’s remarkable growth--through water quality and disease monitoring--have proved crucial time and again."
- Chris Sherman, Island Creek Oyster

"Woods Hole Sea Grant has enabled the Kelp Ecosystem Ecology Network (KEEN) to get off the ground and expand. Without the funding from WHSG we wouldn’t be able to expand our efforts in New England. It’s been incredibly valuable and useful." - Jarrett Byrnes, assistant professor of biology, UMass Boston

“Sea Grant is seminal – the grants may be modest but they help generate preliminary data and fundamental improvements to a regional issue that can then leap frog into something with even more funding and significance." - Scott Lindell, research specialist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Woods Hole Sea Grant supports scientists from institutions throughout Massachusetts and beyond, conducting research in the areas of marine life, coastal processes, hazards, energy sources, climate change, stormwater management and tourism.


Woods Hole Sea Grant and the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension are partnered to provide reliable technical and science‐based information on fisheries and aquaculture and coastal processes and hazards to distinct stakeholders within our region.


Sea Grant educators and communicators provide valuable leadership in marine and aquatic science education activities for K‐8 students, professional development workshops for educators, and public education and outreach in coastal communities.

Updates and Events

Summer Communications Internship Opportunity

March 21, 2023

WHOI Sea Grant Communications Internship June 2023 – August 2023 WHOI Sea Grant is seeking a matriculating undergraduate student with an academic focus on visual and written communications, ideally with an interest or coursework in the sciences. This internship will…

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Mashpee Residents Reap the Benefits of Stronger Coastal Resilience with Reduced Flood Insurance Costs

March 9, 2023

Through joint efforts of the Town of Mashpee, WHOI and Barnstable County, local residents and business owners can expect savings totaling $70,000 in insurance annually.   Mashpee, MA – Mashpee residents and business owners with a National Flood Insurance Program…

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Biennial Request for Proposals

November 11, 2022

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Sea Grant (WHOI Sea Grant) requests proposals for two-year projects (2024-2025) from investigators at academic, research and educational institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Funded projects will fill information gaps or provide innovative solutions to pressing…

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MV Coastal Conference Save the Date 2022

2022 Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Conference

August 29, 2022

After a longer than expected hiatus, the Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Conference is back! The much-anticipated 6th meeting of the Islands Coastal Conference series will be held on October 24th at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven.  This free…

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Graduate Research Fellows Focus on Microplastics and Seabirds

August 8, 2022

Woods Hole  and MIT Sea Grant Programs Announce Two New Massachusetts Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellows   August 8, 2022 – Last August, the Woods Hole and MIT Sea Grant programs announced a new joint fellowship program to support Massachusetts…

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2023 Knauss Fellowship Finalists

July 28, 2022

Woods Hole Sea Grant was proud to sponsor three successful Knauss Fellowship finalists.  The finalists will begin their fellowship placements in 2023. Sophia Ly Ly graduated in Dec. 2021 with a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Northeastern…

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