Funding Opportunities

Omnibus Research RFP 2018-2020- OPEN

Research Grants

CTSG funded projects typically range from $25,000 to $65,000 per year in a biennial request for proposals. Sea Grant support is awarded on a competitive basis, and is available to researchers and educators at all academic institutions, research laboratories, and nonprofit outreach/education facilities. While priority is given to institutions in Connecticut, CTSG will occasionally fund projects at non-Connecticut institutions if the project has relevance to Connecticut. Major research, education, and outreach grants are only considered as part of our biennial Omnibus, for which a request for proposals is typically issued in January of the year during which proposals will be considered. As a rule of thumb, proposals are solicited and considered during odd years (e.g., 2009, 2011), while funding for two-year projects begins in even years (e.g., 2012, 2014). There are also periodic opportunities for federally funded grants on topical themes, administered through our program.

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Download CTSG's DRAFT Strategic Plan here. All research proposals must be aligned to our strategic plan's goals.

Policies for proposals

Research Proposal and Report Sharing Policy

It is the policy of CTSG that when a request is made for a copy of a funded proposal, we ask the requester to contact the PI directly with his or her request.  However, it is expected that if faced with a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), CTSG may have to provide a copy of the proposal.  Progress reports of funded research projects are reviewed to assure adequate progress towards the stated goals, and are not made public. However, final reports that summarize the findings of a research project will be made public.

Funded Research: Data Sharing Policy

New NOAA regulations require that data and information collected and/or created under NOAA grants and cooperative agreements must be made visible, accessible, and independently understandable to general users, free of charge or at minimal cost, in a timely manner (typically no later than two years after the data are collected or created), except where limited by law, regulation, policy or by security requirements. The new requirement has two basic parts: (1) environmental and socio-economic data generated by a grant project must be made available after a reasonable period of exclusive use, and (2) the grant application must describe the plan to make the data available. Proposals considered for funding by CTSG need to satisfy those data sharing requirements.

CTSG No-Cost Extension Policy

No-cost extensions (NCE) must be requested by PIs who have received any funding administered by CTSG (i.e.; CTSG or NESG Consortium biennial omnibus research grant, development grant, or EPA LISS research grant, etc.) three months prior to the end date of the grant (for CTSG omnibus grants this date is October 31, of the preceding year).  Requests must be sent to Dr. Syma Ebbin, CTSG Research Coordinator and must include a justification for the NCE.  After receiving and reviewing the request, Connecticut Sea Grant may grant PIs with one no-cost extension, extending research time by up to one additional year.   A second NCE request will generally not be considered. PIs who have received an NCE must submit a two year progress report charting their progress by March 1 of the year in which their research was originally slated to be completed. PIs shall submit a final completion report at the termination of the NCE.

Connecticut Sea Grant Omnibus RFP 2018-2020- OPEN

The Connecticut Sea Grant College Program (CTSG) has issued its call for preliminary proposals for the 2018-2020 Omnibus Funding Cycle for the funding period of February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2020. CTSG supports applied research in both natural and social sciences, education, and outreach activities to achieve healthy coastal and marine ecosystems and consequent public benefits, focusing on Connecticut, Long Island Sound and its watershed. Applied projects with clear relevance to Connecticut’s marine and coastal resources will be given priority. Any investigator seeking support for this period must submit, as a single file, an electronic copy of their preliminary proposal by e-mail for receipt no later than 4:30 p.m. EST on Friday, February 24, 2017. For more information on the 1st RFP, refer to the guidelines HERE.

Northeast Sea Grant College Consortium - CLOSED

Deadline Oct. 15, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Call for Preliminary Regional Research Proposals on the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Key Coastal Marine Resource Species in the Northeast.

The Northeast Sea Grant Consortium (consisting of the Sea Grant programs in the Northeast including New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, MIT, Woods Hole, New Hampshire, Maine and Lake Champlain), in partnership with the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), is seeking proposals to address the impacts of ocean acidification (OA) on key resource species in the northeast (New York Bight to the Gulf of Maine) as an aid to assist coastal communities in adapting to current and future OA conditions in the region. Through this competition, we seek to support innovative biophysical and social science research that will further the understanding of the effects of ocean acidification on key coastal marine resource species and economies. Priority will be given to projects that address key knowledge gaps and research needs identified by the Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN see below) focused on shellfish and finfish species of commercial, recreational and aquaculture relevance, including key forage species. This RFP is not intended to fund major OA technology development or monitoring efforts.

Find out more here and apply here

Coastal Storm Awareness Program (CSAP)

NOAA and The Sea Grant Programs of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey have awarded $1.5 million in funds to help better prepare communities to respond to extreme weather events like SuperStorm Sandy.

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Sea Grant Arts Grant - OPEN

The Connecticut Sea Grant Arts Funding Program awards up to $1000 to an artist through this competitive funding program. The winning submission will be selected on the basis of its aesthetic quality, relevance to coastal and marine environments and Connecticut Sea Grant themes, as well as its potential impact on non-traditional audiences.
Deadline: April 15, 2017.

Eligibility: Artists who live in Connecticut, or whose work relates to the Connecticut coast or is Long Island Sound-based.

For more information contact Dr. Syma A. Ebbin, Research Coordinator, Connecticut Sea Grant, at 860 405-9278 or e-mail

Click here to download guidelines in PDF.

Click here to download required summary form as a MS Word docx.
Click here to download required summary form in PDF to print and fill out.

Click here to see previous artists and projects funded.

Development Project Funding

Development or ″seed grants″ include start-up funds for small research and outreach projects, pilot studies, publications and conferences generally $5000 or less, typically in the range of $250$3,000. Seed Grants are accepted on a rolling basis and may be sought at any time from the CTSG Research Coordinator, Syma Ebbin.

Please refer to these guidelines when writing your development grant.

Long Island Sound Research 2017-2019 CLOSED


OPENING DATE: March 25, 2016
CLOSING DATE: June 6, 2016

Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG) and New York Sea Grant (NYSG) announce the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) extra-mural research program. The intent of this program is to fund research that will support the management of Long Island Sound (LIS) and its resources. The LISS is a regional, community-based partnership to protect and restore LIS. Preliminary proposals are invited for the funding period of March 1, 2017 to February 28, 2019. Any investigator seeking support for this period (or portion thereof) must submit a preliminary proposal via NYSG’s electronic submission web site for receipt by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday June 6, 2016. Approximately $700,000 in funding is expected to be available for one or two year projects. For more details, download PDF here.