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Grants to Maine Researchers for Projects that Support the Local Coastal Region

Program Development (PD) Funds


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

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/23/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to Maine researchers for research and development projects related to the state's coastal regions. Preference will be given for extension, research, and education projects. Additionally, funds may be requested for conferences, workshops, and travel. Funding is intended to support projects that add value to Maine Sea Grant’s research, extension, education, and outreach efforts in the program’s current strategic focus areas.

Each year Maine Sea Grant allocates part of its budget for Program Development (PD) funds. The National Sea Grant Office allows state programs to award these funds to enhance their strategic plan goals. Awards are generally for small research projects and proof-of-concept with the intent of seeding an idea for later development into larger funding proposals. Proposals for use of these funds may also include extension, education, communications, travel, and graduate student support, and support for workshops or conferences. 

Strategic Focus Areas:

  • Healthy Coastal Ecosystems
    Goal: Maine people will understand the links between healthy ecosystems and resilient communities, and take action to ensure the long-term health of coastal resources.
  • Resilient Communities and Economies
    Goal: Maine’s coastal communities will draw upon relevant science and their assets to recover from, adapt to, prepare for, and mitigate the environmental, economic, and social/cultural vulnerabilities they have identified and prioritized.
  • Safe and Sustainable Seafood 
    Goal: Maine’s wild harvest and aquaculture sectors and the communities that depend on them are economically viable and environmentally sustainable.
  • Communities Responding to a Changing Climate
    Goal: Maine communities, businesses, and individuals understand the risks and opportunities that result from a changing climate, and develop effective strategies that enhance preparedness for and resilience to uncertainty and change in environmental conditions.
  • Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development 
    Goal 1: Maine’s environmentally literate public can use scientific knowledge to identify questions, draw evidence-based conclusions, and make decisions about issues that affect the ecological health, economic vitality, and resilience of Maine’s coastal communities and ocean-related resources.
    Goal 2: Maine will have a diverse workforce skilled in disciplines critical to the ecological health, economic vitality, and resilience of Maine’s coastal communities and marine-related resources.

Preference is given to projects for which Sea Grant has a vested interest and those which leverage other resources. Although these funds can be used for workshops, conferences, and travel support, less than 25% of the funds will be used in that manner with preference for research, extension, and education-related projects.


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

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Program development grants are awarded to investigators in the state and region.

Program Development awards may not be used to support PI salaries or indirect costs.

Pre-Application Information
Deadlines: January 23, 2023 and October 2023 (TBD)

The Maine Sea Grant management team will make decisions on Program Development awards two times per year.

Interested applicants are encouraged to share their ideas with Sea Grant staff members prior to submitting a request.

Applicants should submit their final request using eSeaGrant.

Generally, decisions on proposals are made within one month of submission and disbursements are made as soon as possible based on institutional requirements.

Funding for field-based projects is contingent upon final NEPA approval which may take 6-10 weeks from the close of the competitions. Submission of a NEPA form is required at the time of application to expedite funds being disbursed.

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Estimated Size of Grant
Typical awards are $1,000 – $5,000. Projects exceeding $5,000 should be discussed with Maine Sea Grant personnel prior to submission.

Contact Information

For a rapid response proposal, contact the Assistant Director for Research at prior to submission.

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

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