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Funding Opportunities


Woods Hole Sea Grant Program Development Funds


Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Each year, Woods Hole Sea Grant invites qualified individuals to submit applications for the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Approximately thirty-five individuals are selected nationally for this prestigious Fellowship to spend a year in Washington, D.C., working in Congress or the Executive Branch on critical marine policy and resource management issues. Nominees must be enrolled in a U.S. accredited graduate or professional degree program in a marine or aquatic-related field in the U.S. or its territories.


Woods Hole Sea Grant Biennial Request for Proposals

Next funding opportunity will be announced in January 2021.


National Sea Grant Funding Opportunity: Addressing Economic and Market Needs of the U.S. Aquaculture Industry

The National Sea Grant Office released a new funding opportunity focusing on aquaculture market and economics research with a total of $5 million in anticipated awards. Proposals for this opportunity must be submitted by a Sea Grant program.



Research on American Lobster

The National Sea Grant program announced a funding opportunity for its American Lobster Research Program, which will support research to address critical gaps in knowledge about how the American Lobster and its fishery is being impacted by environmental change. Research topics suitable for study on American lobster under this Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) should have a geographic focus of the Gulf of Maine and/or Georges Bank and address one or more of the following:
(1) Increased understanding of life history parameters, including but not limited to, migration, growth, and maturity;
(2) Larval studies and early biology;
(3) Spatial distribution; and
(4) Socio-economic lessons learned from Southern New England as they pertain to Georges Bank and the Gulf of Maine.
For each research topic above, special emphasis may be placed on the impact of warming temperatures. Pending appropriation of funds, Sea Grant anticipates awarding between 5-10 research projects totaling between $1 million and $2 million in FY2019. Projects must have a maximum duration of two years.

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2020 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)-Sea Grant Fellowship

The NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics places PhD students studying in one of two priority areas in three year research-based fellowships. The program is designed to fulfill workforce development needs identified by the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and since 1990 has provided opportunities for 126 PhD students.



Northeast Sea Grant Consortium Regional Request for Proposals

Recognizing that some issues are best addressed at the regional scale, the Sea Grant Programs in the Northeast, through the Northeast Sea Grant Consortium, set aside funds for research proposals that have relevance to the Gulf of Maine and Greater New York Bight regions.