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Maine Sea Grant College Program

Grants to Maine Research Institution and IHE Staff and
Faculty for Research Related to Marine Science and Education

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06/03/19 4:30 PM EDT


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Grants to Maine IHEs, private or public research facility staff and faculty for research in marine science and education. An initial proposal must be submitted prior to the full application. Funding is intended to promote the use of research in the areas of management, sustainable development, and preservation of coastal and marine resources.

The mission of Maine Sea Grant is to play a leadership role in marine science and education in Maine and to promote their use for the sustainable development, management, and stewardship of marine and coastal resources. Through its biennial request for proposals, the funding source strives to sponsor a diverse research portfolio that links the scientific capacity of Maine with the needs of coastal stakeholders.

Maine Sea Grant seeks to foster the highest quality marine research with a strong likelihood of societal impact in Maine, so only the most creative and rigorously conceived proposals will receive consideration. The funding source seeks to support projects developed through meaningful engagement with coastal or marine stakeholders and focused on research questions that are responsive to the needs of Maine’s communities. The funding source accepts proposals aligned with any part of its current strategic plan. The funding source also strongly encourages projects that will advance Maine’s capacity for adaptive coastal resource management and public policy in response to climate-driven ecosystem change.

Maine Sea Grant intends to fund as many excellent proposals as is possible within budgetary constraints; projects with smaller requests and those that show strong leveraging of Sea Grant funding are encouraged.

Maine Sea Grant Strategic Goals & Objectives:
Maine Sea Grant requests competitive research proposals that align with the strategic goals, integrate across Sea Grant’s functional areas of research, education, and outreach (extension and communications), and display a strong promise for meaningful societal impact and application. Collaborations with industry, state and regional agencies, and other research institutions are encouraged. All proposals must clearly identify how the proposed research applies to one (or more) of the strategic goals and objectives. Investigators are encouraged to explicitly describe how understanding, tools, and data products generated in their projects will lead to measurable progress toward these priorities.

For more information about Maine Sea Grant Strategic Goals & Objectives please see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 178816

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Maine Sea Grant will consider funding proposals up to $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Proposed research activities may be one or two years in duration, for the period between February 2020 and January 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Maine Sea Grant is administered by the University of Maine, but the research competition is open to faculty and staff at any public or private research or higher education institution in the state.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-proposal researcher/extension webinar: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 9:30–11:00 a.m.

Join an informative Zoom webinar on 5 February for more information on the RFP and the Marine Extension Team.

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Please note the webinar link will not be active until 9:00 am on 5 February.

Pre-Application Information:

Project review and selection is a two-step process. Preliminary proposals are evaluated primarily on the basis of their relevance to the Maine Sea Grant strategic priorities and potential benefits to stakeholders and citizens. Invited full proposals are evaluated on the basis of scientific merit and qualifications of the applicant.

Preliminary proposals are to be submitted electronically to Maine Sea Grant through eSeaGrant by 4:30 p.m. EST on Monday, March 4, 2019.

For investigators from a University of Maine campus, please note that you will be required to follow submission guidelines from the Office of Research Administration.

Applicants who submit the most promising preliminary proposals will be invited to submit full project proposals.

Full proposals are to be submitted electronically to Maine Sea Grant through eSeaGrant by 4:30 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 3, 2019. Full proposal guidelines will be available online after preliminary proposal applicants have been invited to submit full proposals.

Preliminary proposal applicants not invited to submit a full proposal by Maine Sea Grant may still choose to submit a full proposal; however, applicants must have submitted a preliminary proposal to be eligible to submit a full proposal.

Applicants will be informed of final decisions in October 2019.

For the full Request for Proposals Timeline (2019) please see:

Sea Grant funding requires a 50% non-federal match; all preliminary proposals must indicate source and level of available non-federal match. Proposals without sufficient match will not be considered.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All proposal elements must be submitted electronically through Maine eSeaGrant:

Contacts for further information:
Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Research Coordinator to discuss project ideas and proposal development and Lynn Wardwell to discuss budgeting.

Research Coordinator: Daniel Weaver
Tel: 207-581-4880

Fiscal Officer: Lynn Wardwell
Tel: 207-581-1448

5784 York Complex, Suite 66
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5784

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