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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Connecticut Sea Grant Omnibus RFP 2016-2018- CLOSED

The Connecticut Sea Grant College Program (CTSG)'s next funding period is February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2020. Check back in January 2017 for more information. CTSG supports applied research, 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 are given priority.

Northeast Sea Grant College Consortium - OPEN

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

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, 2016.

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 Grants

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 2015-2016 - CLOSED

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. Information on the LISS can be obtained here. Approximately $760,000 in funding is expected to be available. Check back in 2016.