Connecticut Sea Grant is a federal-state partnership, housed at the University of Connecticut, which seeks to foster the sustainable use and conservation of coastal and marine resources.  CTSG accomplishes this mission through a three-pronged approach of research, outreach and education.  CTSG provides a diversity of funding opportunities for researchers, including omnibus funding awards offered on a two-year basis, smaller development or seed grants, strategic initiative grants and various student fellowships.  CTSG funds both natural and social science research, and we would like to expand our portfolio of coastally relevant social science research in the future.  Finally, CTSG offers funding for the arts through our competitive Arts Grant Program.

Research Grants

CTSG funded projects typically range from $25,000 to $75,000 per year in a biennial request for proposals. Connecticut Sea Grant support is awarded on a competitive basis and is available to researchers and educators at all Connecticut academic institutions, research laboratories, and nonprofit outreach/education facilities. 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 strategic plan for 2018-2023: CTSG Strategic Plan 2018-2023 and in the ADA-accessible version of the CTSG Strategic Plan 2018-2023.

 Current Funding Opportunities

CTSG arts support awards program for artists

CTSG through its competitive funding program the Arts Support Awards Program, will award up to $1,000 to an artist or group of artists. The winning submission will be selected on the basis of aesthetic quality, relevance to coastal and marine environments and Connecticut Sea Grant themes, as well as its potential impact on non-traditional audiences. Submission deadline is May 11, 2022.

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LIS research jointly administered by CT, NY Sea Grant programs

CT Sea Grant and NY Sea Grant announce the Long Island Sound Study extra-mural research program for 2024-2025. The intent of this program is to fund research that will support the science-based management of Long Island Sound and its resources, and the implementation of the LISS Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.

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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.

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New research opportunity focuses on ocean renewable energy interactions with fishing, coastal communities

The Northeast Sea Grant Consortium, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office and Water Power Technologies Office, and NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center, announces a research funding opportunity to improve understanding of offshore renewable energy interactions with fishing and coastal communities to optimize ocean co-use.

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2020 aquaculture funding to target economic, market needs

Subject to the availability of funding, Sea Grant anticipates approximately $5,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will significantly advance the understanding of the economics of aquaculture businesses in the U.S. and address gaps regarding important market information.

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2020-2022 Omnibus Funding Cycle pre-proposal period closed

The Connecticut Sea Grant College Program has issued its call for preliminary proposals for the 2020-2022 Omnibus Funding Cycle for the funding period of Feb. 1, 2020 to Jan. 31, 2022. 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.

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