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 2018-2021: CTSG Strategic Plan 2018-2021

 Current Funding Opportunities

Connecticut Sea Grant Arts Support Awards Program

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (CT DECD) Office of the Arts is partnering with Connecticut Sea Grant to enhance our Arts Support Awards Program, increasing the overall amount of funds available to $1,500. One or more awards will be made to an artist or group of artists through this competitive funding program.

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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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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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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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