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Pennsylvania Sea Grant research opportunities are announced through a biennial request for proposal (RFP) process. The next request for proposal process will begin in January 2025. Researchers who develop projects which specifically address the Lake Erie, Delaware River, or Susquehanna River regions of Pennsylvania and at least one of Pa Sea Grant’s priority areas will be encouraged to submit full-proposals. Principal investigators should focus on outcomes that can be achieved in a 24-month period.

Research funding and support comes from the National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Penn State University.



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Resources to Plan Ahead

The next request for proposal process will begin in January 2025. Researchers considering submitting a proposal should contact Dr. Sean Rafferty, Director of Research, review Pennsylvania Sea Grant’s strategic plan, and reference the latest call for research proposals for guidelines and requirements.

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Research Webinar

Researchers considering submitting a proposal are encouraged to watch this recorded webinar which highlights opportunities and details the process.

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Sean Rafferty

Director of Research


Sean Rafferty, Ph.D., joined Pennsylvania Sea Grant in 2001, and currently serves as research director. Sean is responsible for directing and overseeing the Research and Fellowship Program; directing, overseeing, and conducting ecological-based research and extension projects; serving on the leadership team responsible for planning, management, and administration of the program; and managing and overseeing staff.

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