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

Maine Sea Grant College Program

GrantWatch ID# 178816
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
University of Maine - Maine Sea Grant
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Geographic Focus
USA: Maine

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/10/23
LOI Date: 02/03/23
Deadline: 05/01/23 11:59 PM

Grant Description
Grants to Maine staff and faculty at IHEs, and private and public research facilities for research in marine science and education. Applicants are required to submit an initial proposal prior to the full application. Funding is intended to promote the use of research to address coastal ecosystems; communities and economics; fisheries and aquaculture; and environmental literacy and workforce development.

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. Maine Sea Grant accepts proposals aligned with any part of its current strategic plan and they strongly encourage proposals that address cross-cutting principles outlined in this plan.

Maine Sea Grant also strongly encourages proposals that:

  • Engage diverse partners and end users throughout all phases of the research study, including proposal development
  • Integrate concepts and methods from multiple disciplinary perspectives and engage researchers from both the social and biophysical sciences
  • Develop cross-cultural perspectives in research on emerging environmental, economic, and cultural issues
  • Provide student training, professional development, and/or mentorship opportunities
  • Strive to promote the ideals of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and advance issues important to the state’s underserved and underrepresented coastal communities

For Strategic Goals, see


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

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
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.

Maine Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication, and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking. They encourage applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, educational levels, job classifications, veteran status types, and income, and socioeconomic status types to apply for this competitive research opportunity.

Pre-Proposal Conference
A virtual information webinar, that will present an overview of the RFP and the Marine Extention Team, will be hosted on Tuesday, January 10, at 12:00 PM


If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the webinar, please contact the Assistant Director for Research by January 2, 2023.

Pre-Application Information
- Pre-proposals are to be submitted electronically to Maine Sea Grant through eSeaGrant by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2023.
- Applicants who intend to submit a full proposal must submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to the Assistant Director for Research by 11:59 pm Monday March 20, 2023
- Full proposals are to be submitted electronically to Maine Sea Grant through eSeaGrant by 11:59 p.m. on Monday May 1, 2023.

Note: Full proposals will only be considered if applicants have submitted a pre-proposal.

Late applications will not be considered.

Applicants should allow sufficient time before the deadline to review draft budgets and budget justifications with Bobby MacLeod, Maine Sea Grant Fiscal Officer.

Matching funds: 50% match of federal funds (i.e., one dollar of match for every two dollars of federal money received) is required on all Sea Grant proposals.

For the full Request for Proposals Timeline

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Total two-year requests are limited to $200,000 in Sea Grant funds.

Term of Contract
Proposed research activities may be one or two years in duration, for the period between February 2024 and January 2026.

Contact Information
Pre-proposals are to be submitted electronically to Maine Sea Grant through eSeaGrant:

Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to the Assistant Director for Research

Submit full proposal:

All PIs should reach out to Fiscal Officer Bobby MacLeod for budget advice, by email or phone (207-581-1448)

Contact the Assistant Director for Research, by email: or phone (207.581.4880) with any questions.

Maine Sea Grant
5741 Libby Hall Suite 110
Orono ME 04469
Tel: 207.581.1435
Fax: 207.581.1426

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