Funding

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.

NEW! 2017 NOAA Sea Grant Marine, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative

The 2017 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative includes two competitive funding opportunities. The first competition is focused on projects that show great promise to increase aquaculture production in the near future by clearly addressing major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States United States marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture production. The second competition is focused on projects that may be earlier in the exploratory/development phase that show promise to contribute to the expansion of sustainable marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture in the United States.

1. Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production

Depending on appropriations, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available a total of $10,000,000-$12,000,000 between fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019 for a national initiative to increase aquaculture production in the short-term (2-4 years). This competition is designed to foster the expansion of sustainable U.S. marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture. Successful applications must outline integrated projects that clearly address major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States aquaculture production.

Letters of Intent are due from Sea Grant Programs via email to oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov by 5:00 pm Eastern, March 28th, 2017. Applications are due from Sea Grant Programs to Grants.gov no later than 5:00 pm. Eastern Time, May 9, 2017.

See Grants.gov for the full announcement. (NOAA-OAR-SG-2017 –2005176)

This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information needed to apply and the criteria for applications requesting between $100,000 and $1,000,000 in total federal funding for a two to three year period. Non-federal matching funds of at least 50% are required (for example, a project receiving $1,000,000 in federal funding must include at least $500,000 in matching funds, for a total project budget of $1,500,000). Applications are requested that meet all of the following program objectives: (1) supports aquaculture of ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes species (including state- and federally-managed species) and related production of such efforts occurring in the coastal zone (as defined by the Coastal Zone Management Act – to include the Great Lakes Region), including state waters and the terrestrial coastal zone, and federal waters; (2) directly addresses major constraints, barriers, or hurdles of domestic aquaculture development that currently limit increased production (this can include research, extension, technology transfer, and/or legal activities to support production, market access, distribution, etc.); (3) utilizes a team approach that fully integrates at least one Sea Grant program, and at least one end-user or public-private partnership in the effort; (4) addresses how project impacts will be applicable to a broader geographic area through regional or topical partnerships; and (5) that, upon completion, will have a high likelihood of successful implementation within 2-4 years.

Applications requesting any amount between the minimum and maximum federal request are welcome. Awards are anticipated to start no later than September 1, 2017. Additional applications from this competition may be selected for funding in subsequent fiscal years.

2. Addressing Impediments to Aquaculture Opportunities Depending on appropriations, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available a total of $3,000,000 between fiscal years 2017 and 2018 for a national initiative focused on answering key questions impeding the development and expansion of sustainable United States marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture. Successful applications must outline small scale projects, business plans, workshops, etc. that seek to address key questions, barriers, or hurdles impeding the advancement of new or developing aquaculture initiatives that will contribute to the continuing growth of United States aquaculture production.

Applications are due from Sea Grant Programs to Grants.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, April 18th, 2017.

See Grants.gov for the full announcement. (NOAA-OAR-SG-2017 –2005177)

This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information needed to apply, and the criteria for applications requesting up to $150,000 in total federal funding for a six-month to two year period. Non-Federal matching funds of at least 50% are required (for example, a project receiving $100,000 in federal funding must include at least $50,000 in matching funds, for a total project budget of $150,000). Applications are requested that meet all of the following program objectives: (1) supports aquaculture of ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes species (including state- and federally-managed species) and related production of such efforts occurring in the coastal zone (as defined by the Coastal Zone Management Act – to include the Great Lakes Region), including state waters and the terrestrial coastal zone, and federal waters; (2) directly addresses key questions, barriers, or hurdles of domestic aquaculture development that currently limit the development of new or developing aquaculture initiatives (these can include research, extension, technology transfer, legal activities, small scale projects, business plans, and workshops, for example); (3) utilizes a team approach that fully integrates at least one Sea Grant program, and at least one end-user or public-private partnership in the effort;

Awards are anticipated to start no later than September 1, 2017. Additional applications from this competition may be selected for funding in subsequent fiscal years. Direct any questions to the following email address oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov.

Eligibility: All applications must be submitted through a Sea Grant program (a Sea Grant College, Institution, Coherent Area Program, or the Sea Grant Law Center). The following entities are eligible to participate in this funding opportunity, by working with a Sea Grant program: any individual; any public or private corporation, partnership, or other association or entity (including any Sea Grant College, Sea Grant Institute or other institution); or any State, political subdivision of a State, Tribal government or agency or officer thereof. Interested applicants need to identify a host Sea Grant Program to partner with, and who will submit the Letter of Intent and the Application on the partnership’s behalf. It is anticipated that the host Sea Grant program will be selected based on location in the same state or region as the applicant(s), but may be based on a common interest in the topic of the application, particularly if the local state Sea Grant program does not have the expertise and/or capacity to support a particular project.

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 syma.ebbin@uconn.edu.

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

CALL FOR PRELIMINARY PROPOSALS
2017-2019 LONG ISLAND SOUND RESEARCH

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.