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.
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 strategic plan for 2018-2021: CTSG Strategic Plan 2018-2021
Current Funding Opportunities
The Connecticut Sea Grant Arts Support Awards Program awards up to $1000 to an artist or group of artists 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.[Read More]
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.[Read More]