Requests for Proposals

Pending availability of federal funds, we expect the Lake Champlain Sea Grant (LCSG) request for proposals (RFPs) to be released in the late fall of even-number years. Other Sea Grant RFPs are issued occasionally and will be shared on this page, and Vermont Water Center and Northeastern States Research Cooperative (NSRC) RFPs will also be listed on this page.

Lake Champlain Sea Grant Competitive Call for Research Proposals - NOW OPEN

Award Period: February 1, 2024 - January 31, 2026

  • Q&A session for applicants: Noon, December 8, 2022 - Register for this Zoom session (optional)
  • Letters of intent due: February 17, 2023 (Required to be eligible to submit full proposal)
  • Full proposals due: May 26, 2023
  • Funding recommendations communicated: September 2023

Information and Forms Related to RFP

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


Lake Champlain Sea Grant requests proposals for research in the Lake Champlain basin in the areas of:

  • Environmental literacy and workforce development
  • Healthy coastal ecosystems
  • Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
  • Resilient communities and economies

Lake Champlain Sea Grant strives to fund scientists from diverse backgrounds and achieve outcomes for diverse and underserved communities; please see the announcement for research topics.

Institutions of higher education, state and local government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and businesses that conduct research in the Lake Champlain basin in New York and Vermont are eligible to respond to this request.

Researchers may request up to $100,000 in federal Sea Grant funds for one-year projects or $200,000 for two-year projects to cover direct and indirect costs. 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). We expect to allocate approximately $700,000 in federal Sea Grant funds to support research projects selected from this research competition.

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

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 graduate student research and faculty research 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, outreach, education, training, and other information-transfer activities focused on physical, biological, chemical, social (equity), or engineering aspects of water quality or quantity. Two types of proposals will be considered: Graduate Research and Faculty Research.

March 6, 2023: Deadline for submission of a letter of intent to the Vermont Water Center (julianna.m.white [at]
March 20, 2023: Deadline for proposal submission to the Vermont Water Center (julianna.m.white [at]

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

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and National Institutes for Water Resources National Competitive Grants 104g and PFAS Competitions - NOW OPEN

The National Competitive Grants 104g program welcomes research on the following two topics: national-scale evaluation of water budget and socioeconomics.

The Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) Substances Competitive Grants program welcomes proposals that explore the following three areas: media-specific methods, atmospheric sources, and processes oriented at molecular level. 

All applications must be submitted to the Vermont Water Center by April 27, 2023. More information: