Pennsylvania Sea Grant request for research proposals period is now open!

Funding Cycle February 1, 2022 to January 31, 2024

Pre-proposals due by Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 5:00 PM, EST
Full Proposals due by Monday, June 7, 2021 at 5:00 PM, EST

Program Overview

The Pennsylvania Sea Grant College Program is currently soliciting proposals for its next two-year research funding cycle, which begins February 1, 2022 and ends January 31, 2024. Relevant research topics and information about the format and timetable for submitting pre-proposals and proposals are included in the Request for Proposal (RFP).

Pennsylvania researchers are invited to submit pre-proposals which focus on Pennsylvania’s coasts and watersheds within the Lake Erie watershed, and Susquehanna and Delaware River Basins. Projects should be relevant to Pennsylvania Sea Grant’s Strategic Plan and reflect the objectives of these focus areas (1) healthy coastal ecosystems, and (2) resilient communities and economies. Details about these focus areas are included in the RFP.

Projects within Pennsylvania but outside of the Lake Erie watershed, or Susquehanna and Delaware River Basins may be considered if applicable to these watersheds. Principal investigators should focus on outcomes that can be achieved in a 24-month period. Proposals must include a clear outreach plan for disseminating information to appropriate audiences. 

Pennsylvania Sea Grant anticipates funding five to seven projects at approximately $60,000 per year. A 50-percent non-federal match is required (one non-federal dollar for every two federal dollars requested). Funding requests for one-year projects may not exceed $60,000 and requests for two-year projects may not exceed $120,000. Funding is contingent upon NOAA approval and congressional appropriation of funds. Faculty members and researchers from any Pennsylvania college or university, state agency, and other Pennsylvania not-for-profit research organizations are eligible. Pennsylvania Sea Grant funding support is offered on an open, competitive basis.

Eligibility and Proposal Process

To be eligible, principal investigators (PIs) must be affiliated with a Pennsylvania academic institution, research laboratory, or other institution with a research or science-based mission including non-profit organizations and state agencies. Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs) may be from institutions outside of Pennsylvania. Collaborative projects involving investigators or research teams from different institutions are encouraged.

The Pennsylvania Sea Grant College Program encourages participation from the broad science and social science research community within Pennsylvania and invites participation by investigators new to the Pennsylvania Sea Grant RFP process. Pennsylvania Sea Grant particularly encourages submissions that support students (graduate or undergraduate), post-doctoral researchers, and/or early career scientists.  

The RFP document contains information about the format and timetable for submitting pre-proposals and full proposals.

This is an open and competitive funding opportunity. Pre-proposals should present a concise but sufficiently detailed synopsis of the project, clearly state the relevance to Pennsylvania Sea Grant’s Strategic Plan, outline technical feasibility, and state the PI’s qualifications.

Pre-proposals are not letters of intent. Each pre-proposal will be reviewed and evaluated rigorously. Not every pre-proposal will be encouraged to move on to the full proposal submission process.

Pennsylvania Sea Grant is committed to building an inclusive program that serves all people including those with unique needs, circumstances, and perspectives. Eligible applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, nationality, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, religions, citizenship types, marital status, job classifications, veteran status types, and socioeconomic status are encouraged to apply.

Contact Information
Contact Research Director, Sean Rafferty, Ph.D. with questions or to be added to the research contact list (send name/affiliation/email address). Email:; Phone: 814-898-7082.


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