PA Sea Grant researchers studying fish species


Focus on Healthy Coastal Ecosystems and Resilient Communities and Economies
Pre-proposal submissions due March 11, 2019 by 5:00 PM, EST

 Webinar on January 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM (details below)

(ERIE, PA) – The Pennsylvania Sea Grant College Program is pleased to announce its 2020-22 Research Request for Proposals (RFP). Pre-proposal submissions are due by March 11, 2019 by 5:00 PM, EST. Pennsylvania Sea Grant, a program of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Penn State Behrend, is dedicated to the sustainable use of coastal and watershed resources through research, extension, and education. This applied research will help inform decision makers as they address state and regional coastal and watershed issues.

“Pennsylvania Sea Grant supports science-based research that expands our understanding of aquatic ecosystems, coastlines, and watersheds,” said Dr. Sean Rafferty, Research Director for Pennsylvania Sea Grant. “Research projects that encourage solution-based results, contribute to enhanced water quality, and that lead to natural resource management strategies in Pennsylvania are highly desirable.”

Only researchers who develop projects that specifically impact the Lake Erie, Delaware River, or Susquehanna River regions of Pennsylvania and address one of Pa Sea Grant’s priority areas (available online) will be encouraged to submit full-proposals. Projects within Pennsylvania but outside of the Lake Erie, Susquehanna River, and Delaware River watersheds may be considered. Principal investigators should focus on outcomes that can be achieved in a 24-month period.

A maximum of nine grant projects are likely to be funded, each receiving approximately $60,000 per year. A fifty 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 colleges and universities, state agencies, and other Pennsylvania not-for-profit research organizations are eligible. Pennsylvania Sea Grant support is offered on an open, competitive basis.

Dr. Rafferty will be hosting a webinar on January 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM to provide an overview of the Pennsylvania Sea Grant Research program, the Request for Proposals (RFP) guidance, and answer any questions. Researchers considering submitting an RFP are encouraged to participate (, Meeting ID: 594 362 337). 

Additional information is available at Pre-proposal submissions are due March 11, 2019 by 5:00 PM, EST. Direct questions to Research Director, Dr. Sean Rafferty,; (814) 217-9011 ext.102.


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