Requests for Proposals

National Sea Grant Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Marine Debris Challenge Competition

Proposals may address (but are not limited to) innovative interception and/or removal technologies, reusable systems, microplastics, and/or nanoplastics. Proposals are sought that will build upon and extend existing knowledge and efforts related to marine debris; support broad, non-proprietary, and innovative research to address critical gaps with respect to marine debris; make that information available to communities and stakeholders; include Sea Grant education and extension professionals, community representatives, government, academic, nongovernmental, and industry partners, as appropriate; and proactively incorporate principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility at every level of the work.

This competition will support innovative research to application (R2A) projects that will address the prevention and/or removal of marine debris and provide the potential for transformational behavior change. Example outputs include (but are not limited to) inventive prototypes, commercial products, specialized services, or cutting-edge tools. Big ideas and risk taking are encouraged. Planning and capacity building activities are allowed but must accompany subsequent implementation activities; the end result of these projects cannot be solely academic or non-tangible outputs (e.g., scientific publications, awareness/training).

Duration and Budget

  • The anticipated start date is January 1, 2023, with projects to be completed by December 31, 2025.
  • NOAA expects the average project size will be between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000; however, applications may request up to $3,000,000.
  • There is no matching requirement. However, cost sharing, leveraged funds, and in-kind support will make projects more competitive. Applicants are strongly encouraged to combine NOAA federal funding with formal matching contributions and informal leverage from a broad range of sources in the public and private sectors. Cost sharing and leverage of other funds is an element considered in the evaluation criteria.

Proposal Submission Process

  • Submission though Lake Champlain Sea Grant (LCSG): It is not a requirement that investigators, including the PI, are part of a Sea Grant program; however proposals must be submitted with and through a Sea Grant program. LCSG will look for opportunities to build collaborations to work on one strong proposal. However, we are allowed to submit more than one proposal.
  • Letters of intent are due to LCSG (seagrant [at] by July 31, 2022. LCSG, in turn, must submit by August 9, 2022. Letters of intent are required in order to be eligible to submit a full proposal. Letters of intent or applications that do not come through a Sea Grant program will be rejected without review. The letter of intent should be no longer than 2 pages and will include:
    • Working project title
    • PI Name(s)
    • PI Position(s) and Affiliation
    • Partnering Sea Grant program
    • PI Contact Information
    • Brief discussion of the focal topic and approach, and how it will be transformative within the proposal’s scope of action
    • The approximate funding to be requested
  • The full project narrative and budget narrative are due to LCSG (seagrant [at] by September 19, 2022. LCSG will then work with UVM to submit applications to by September 30, 2022.

Additional Notable Information

  • An informational webinar about the funding opportunity will be held on July 12, 2022 at 4:30 pm ET. Register in advance here
  • View Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF).
  • Read formal announcement on NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007452.
  • Sea Grant will encourage applicants and awardees to support the principles of justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility when writing their proposals and performing their work. Greater consideration will be given to projects that propose to work in areas with disadvantaged communities that have been historically marginalized.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and National Institutes for Water Resources National Competitive Grants 104g and PFAS Competitions—Due April 26, 2022—NOW CLOSED

The National Competitive Grants 104g program welcomes research on the following three topics: abundance, location, and persistence of legacy nutrients; trends of integrated processes; and water conflict.

The Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) Substances Competitive Grants program welcomes proposals that explore the following three areas: novel proxies for PFAS detection and quantification; process-oriented research of PFAS fate, transport, and effects; and atmospheric transport of PFAS that results in delivery to the hydrologic system. 

All applications must be submitted through the Vermont Water Resources and Lake Studies Center. More information:

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and National Institutes for Water Resources Annual State 104b Research Competition—NOW CLOSED

The Vermont Water Resources and Lake Studies Center welcomes proposals focusing on critical water resources science and management needs in Vermont, including the Connecticut River basin and the Lake Champlain basin, from investigators based at an institute of higher education in Vermont.  The Vermont Water Center especially welcomes proposals from professionals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color and from early-career professionals. 

Proposals may support research on physical, biological, chemical, social, or engineering aspects of water quality or quantity or outreach, education, training, and other information-transfer opportunities. Two types of proposals will be considered: Graduate Research and Faculty Research.

Deadline for submission of a letter of intent to the Vermont Water Center (julianna.m.white [at] is March 14, 2022.

Find the Request for Proposals and more information on the Vermont Water Resources website.

Lake Champlain Sea Grant Competitive Call for Research Proposals—NOW CLOSED

Award Period: February 1, 2022 - January 31, 2024

  • Q&A session for applicants: January 21, 2021 (Registration link) (optional)
  • Pre-proposals due: March 5, 2021
  • Full proposals due: July 2, 2021
  • Funding recommendations announced: October 2021

Information and Forms Related to RFP

Note: 90-2 Form not required with submission of full proposal.


The Lake Champlain Sea Grant Institute (LCSG) requests proposals for research in the Lake Champlain basin in the areas of:
•    Resilient communities and economies; 
•    Environmental literacy and workforce development; and/or
•    Healthy coastal ecosystems. 
Proposals should address research topics outlined in the FY22 RFP (PDF) and contribute to goals described in the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Strategic Plan 2018-2023 (PDF), which was developed with engagement from a wide variety of stakeholders, consultation from the LCSG Program Advisory Committee, and approval from the LCSG Steering Committee.

Researchers may request up to $75,000 in federal Sea Grant funds for one-year projects or $150,000 total for two-year projects to cover direct and indirect costs during the period February 1, 2022 – January 31, 2024. Federal support must be matched with non-federal funds at the rate of $1 in non-federal matching funds for every $2 requested of federal Sea Grant funds (i.e., a 50% match). LCSG expects to allocate approximately $600,000 in federal Sea Grant funds to support research projects proposed in this RFP.

Researchers at institutions of higher education, organizations, and agencies that conduct research in the Lake Champlain basin (New York and Vermont) are eligible to respond to this RFP. LCSG strives to fund scientists from diverse backgrounds and achieve outcomes for diverse communities. 

Contact: Julianna White (julianna.m.white [at]

NOAA Sea Grant: Addressing Economic and Market Needs of the U.S. Aquaculture Industry. Intent to submit due Feb. 26, 2020—NOW CLOSED

Subject to the availability of funding, Sea Grant anticipates approximately $5,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will significantly advance the understanding of the economics of aquaculture businesses in the U.S. and address gaps regarding important market information. The overall goal is to advance business management towards development of a sustainable marine and Great Lakes aquaculture industry in the U.S. Successful proposals will address geographic and/or topical needs and will fully integrate research, extension, and education. Proposals that will support broad, non-proprietary research to address critical gaps with respect to aquaculture economics and market needs; make that information available to U.S. aquaculture businesses and management agencies; and build the capacity of Sea Grant and its partners, including Sea Grant aquaculture extension personnel and industry stakeholders, are preferred.Proposals welcome for research on topics expanding and enhancing the use of hydrologic data monitoring to support advanced modeling tools; changes in the quantity and quality of water resources; ecological flows; and harmful algae blooms (HABs). 

Informational webinar on February 5, 2020 at 3pm Eastern. (Register or join here.)
Notices of intent to submit due February 26, 2020.
Full proposals due April 22, 2020.

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