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


The deadline for the 2024-2026 Omnibus Funding Cycle has passed. Please check back for future opportunities.

The Connecticut Sea Grant College Program (CTSG) has issued its call for preliminary proposals for the 2024-2026 Omnibus Funding Cycle for the funding period of February 1, 2024 to January 31, 2026.  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.  For more information on the Call please refer to this link.  For full proposal guidance refer to the pdf document here or the Word document here.

 Current Funding Opportunities

CT Sea Grant Arts Support Awards Program for artists

CT Sea Grant, through its competitive funding program the Arts Support Awards Program, will award up to $1000 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 CTSG themes, as well as its potential reach and impact on non-traditional audiences.

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LIS research jointly administered by CT, NY Sea Grant programs

CT Sea Grant and NY Sea Grant administer the Long Island Sound Study extra-mural research program. 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. The 2023-25 competition is closed. The next Call will be released in 2024.

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