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Grants to California Researchers for Studies Addressing Coastal Ecosystems and Fisheries

New Faculty Award


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Funding Source
University of California San Diego
California Sea Grant
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Geographic Focus
USA: California

Important Dates
LOI Date: 05/18/20
Deadline: 06/15/20 5:00 PM PT Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $60,000 to California university faculty and scientists to support research related to coastal and marine environments. A letter of intent is required prior to submitting a full application. Priority will be given to proposals that address research gaps in the focus areas of Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies and Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, but consideration may also be given to Healthy Coastal Ecosystems. Eligible applicants must be new faculty or scientists that hold a first faculty position or is in a position that began after January 1, 2018.

For 2018–2021, CASG will focus on the following goals and strategies.

Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies (RCCE) 

  • RCCE Goal 1: Support communities and stakeholders to sustainably use, and policy makers to effectively manage, coastal, and marine resources.
  • RCCE Goal 2: Work with communities to improve coastal environmental quality and the quality of human life on coasts.
  • RCCE Goal 3: Assist communities in reducing vulnerability to coastal hazards.
  • RCCE Goal 4: Work with communities and partners to plan for and adapt to the effects of climate
    change, including changes in the frequency and intensity of storms and waves, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and hypoxia. 

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture  (SFA)

  • SFA Goal 1: Provide information to promote the sustainable use of living coastal and marine resources and associated systems).
  • SFA Goal 2: Provide science-based information to support and grow a sustainable California aquaculture industry to help meet the growing demand for seafood, and minimize negative environmental impacts of aquaculture.
  • SFA Goal 3: Obtain and provide science-based information on probable anthropogenic impacts - including climate change—on key commercial and recreational fish and shellfish populations, and associated human communities.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible as new faculty a candidate must hold an academic position at a university. Either “hard money” faculty (i.e. holding state-supported, Assistant Professor-level positions, or equivalent) or “soft money” faculty (i.e. holding Assistant Researcher, or Research Assistant Professor-level positions, or equivalent) are eligible to apply. Post-docs, staff, (vs. academic) or employees without PI status are not eligible to apply. Persons who have transitioned to state-supported faculty positions after holding research faculty positions similarly are not eligible to apply unless the research faculty position began on or after January 1, 2018.

For purposes of this call for proposals, a scientist qualifies as a new faculty member if both of the following criteria are met:

a) The faculty member currently holds his/her first faculty position (ever), and the university at which the faculty member is employed is based in California, AND

b) The position started no earlier than January 1, 2018 (to be certified by a letter from the faculty member’s dean or department chair)

Pre-Proposal Conference
California Sea Grant will host informational office hours to answer any questions for interested applicants on April 28, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT.

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Pre-Application Information
-May 18, 2020 (5:00 pm PT): Letter of Intent due
-June 15, 2020: Proposals due
-Only applicants who have submitted a letter of intent may submit a full proposal.
-June-September 2020: Review of Proposals
-October: Proposal applicants notified of recommendations
-On/after February 1, 2021: Projects begin

California Sea Grant is by-passing the normal pre-proposal process and is asking applicants to submit full proposals in response to this call.

In considering budgets, please note that any graduate trainee stipends or tuition support are not subject to indirect costs, whereas other project costs (e.g. travel, supplies) typically are subject to indirect costs. The amount requested for a trainee stipend must conform to applicant's institution’s normal stipend for a half-time graduate student at his/her level of experience; however, in any case no more than $30,000 in stipend can be requested.

Matching funds must total at least 50% of TOTAL funds requested, including the amount requested for a graduate trainee. A project leader is required to match each $2 received in NOAA/Sea Grant funds with $1 from nonfederal sources.

Number of Grants
California Sea Grant anticipates issuing four to five New Faculty Awards for FY2021, contingent upon receipt of anticipated funds from NOAA.

Estimated Size of Grant
A maximum budget of $60,000 per year, to include indirect costs.

Term of Contract
Grant terms are for one year beginning February 1, 2021.

Contact Information

Budget Questions/Matching Funds Issues:
Rose Madson, Assistant Director (858) 534-4601

Proposal Format/Content Questions:
Carol Bailey-Sumber, Grants Analyst (858) 534-7855

Shauna Oh, Director (858) 534-4440

eSeaGrant Submission Questions:
Nick Sadrpour, Program Coordinator (858) 846-5269

University of California, San Diego
California Sea Grant
9500 Gilman Dr., #0232
La Jolla, CA 92093-0232

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