National Sea Grant College Program

Incentive Type: Grant Program
Infrastructure, Research, Technology
Eligible Sector:
Financial Incentive
Time Period:
FY 2015
Governing Body:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
What’s it worth?:
$68 million

The National Sea Grant College Program finances research, education, outreach, and technology transfer. Awards typically range between $10,000 and $1 million to be released six months after award announcement. Eligible participants include:

  • Businesses
  • Educational institutions
  • Local governments
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Territorial agencies
  • Tribal agencies

The program consist of 33 Sea Grant Programs that serve as a bridge between government, academia, industry, scientist, and private citizens to promote long-term economic growth. The main goal of the program is to promote the smart use  and conservation of coastal and marine resources by providing a plan that promotes performance, competition, and partnerships that are stable and accomplish the Sea Grant’s mission. There are 33 grant programs based at top universities including:

  • Alaska Sea Grant
  • California Sea Grant
  • Connecticut Sea Grant
  • Delaware Sea Grant
  • Florida Sea Grant
  • Georgia Sea Grant
  • Guam Sea Grant
  • Hawaii Sea Grant
  • Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
  • Louisiana Sea Grant
  • Lake Champlain Sea Grant
  • Maryland Sea Grant
  • Maine Sea Grant
  • Michigan Sea Grant
  • MIT Sea Grant
  • Minnesota Sea Grant
  • Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
  • North Carolina Sea Grant
  • New Hampshire Sea Grant
  • New Jersey Sea Grant
  • National Sea Grant Library
  • National Sea Grant Law Center
  • New York Sea Grant
  • Ohio Sea Grant
  • Oregon Sea Grant
  • Pennsylvania Sea Grant
  • Puerto Rico Sea Grant
  • Rhode Island Sea Grant
  • South Carolina Sea Grant
  • Texas Sea Grant
  • University of Southern California Sea Grant
  • Virginia Sea Grant
  • Washington Sea Grant
  • WHOI Sea Grant
  • Wisconsin Sea Grant

States located to a large body of water and wetland have Sea Grant Programs that are part of the Sea Grant Association. Funding may be used for Planning, Evaluation, and Execution. The programs are focused on performance measurements and regular evaluations to ensure performance.

Eligible participants must submit an application with supporting documentation; the application requires specification of:

  • General Information
  • Type of Assistance Seeking
  • Location of Project
  • Organization background
  • Objectives
  • Methodology
  • Rationale
  • Amount of Funds Seeking

All applications must be electronically submitted on the NOAA website.