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.

All research proposals must be aligned to our strategic plan's goals. These can be found in our draft plan for 2018-2022:


Current Funding Opportunities

2018-2020 Omnibus Research Grants

The deadline has passed for submissions. Please check back in 2019. 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.
Long Island Sound viewed from Stratford Point, CT.

Sea Grant Awards Three Research Grants Under Long Island Sound Study

Sea Grant Awards Three Research Grants Under the Long Island Sound Study Contacts: Robert Burg, Long Island Sound Study, 203-977-1546 Barbara Branca, New York Sea Grant, 631-632-6956 Peg VanPatten, Connecticut Sea Grant, 860-405-9128 The Sea Grant programs of Connecticut and New York have awarded more than $676,000 in Long Island Sound Study research grants to […]

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2017 NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative

Important Update The 2017 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative includes two competitive funding opportunities.  The Connecticut Sea Grant Program (CTSG) is responsible for some preliminary steps, including determining a maximum of three proposals that can be submitted for one of the competitions, and gathering and submitting Letters of Intent (LOI) for the other competition.    Please note […]

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Connecticut Sea Grant Arts Funding Program

Deadline April 17, 2017 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 […]

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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 […]

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