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Funding Opportunities


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

OPEN - DEADLINE EXTENDED. The National Sea Grant Office has 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. If you are interested in collaborating on a proposal with Woods Hole Sea Grant, please reach out to Jennie Rheuban ( to discuss project ideas. Proposed projects will be evaluated against Woods Hole Sea Grant's strategic plan. Due to ongoing disruptions and continued uncertainty with respect to COVID-19, the National Sea Grant Office is extending the deadline for submission to Tuesday July 14, 2020 by 11:59 pm EDT through

Woods Hole Sea Grant Program Development Funds



Research on American Lobster

CLOSED. 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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Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

CLOSED. 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.

Application information may be found on and may also be obtained from state Sea Grant programs. Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Sea Grant Program in their state/territory one to two months prior to the state application deadline to receive application support and provide notification of an intent to apply. The director of the Woods Hole Sea Grant program is Matt Charette,

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

CLOSED. 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.
Announcements for the 2020 fellowship classes are now open. Applications are due to Sea Grant programs on January 30, 2020. See links below for additional information on applying:


Woods Hole Sea Grant Biennial Request for Proposals

CLOSED. Next Funding opportunity will be announced in January 2021.


Northeast Sea Grant Consortium Regional Request for Proposals

CLOSED. 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.