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Program Development (PD) Funds

Grants to Maine Researchers at IHEs and Research Institutions for
Research on the Preservation of Coastal Communities

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University of Maine - Maine Sea Grant

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Grants typically ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Maine researchers associated with IHEs and research institutions for research and outreach projects related to the state's coastal communities. 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. Other credible uses of these funds include extension, education, communications, travel, graduate student support, and workshops or conferences. Applicants must express how the proposed project will add value to Maine Sea Grant’s research, extension, education, and outreach efforts in the program’s current strategic focus areas.

Maine Sea Grant envisions thriving coastal communities and ecosystems supported by an engaged public and informed decision-makers. Their mission is to support the responsible use and conservation of coastal resources to sustain thriving coastal communities and ecosystems. The programs aims to:
- Cultivate Partnerships by integrating the expertise and capabilities of partners from the international, federal, tribal, state, and local communities and from academia, nongovernmental organizations, and industry.
- Enhance Diversity and Inclusion by seeking and engaging diverse perspectives in order to enhance understanding and enable the network to pursue its vision and mission effectively and efficiently.

Focus Areas:
- Healthy coastal ecosystems
- Resilient communities
- Safe and sustainable seafood
- Communities preparing for a changing climate
- Environmental literacy and workforce development.

For details related to these focus areas see information that starts here:

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, conference, and travel support, less than 25% of the funds will be used in that manner with preference for research, extension, and education-related projects.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria:
A. Alignment with Maine Sea Grant strategic plan
B. Measurable impact to the State of Maine
C. Timeliness and urgency of the proposed activity
D. Potential to leverage other funds
E. Proof of concept for further development
F. Commitment from other partners
G. Fostering relationships with other partners
H. Innovation and relevance to emerging issues

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180147

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Project leaders should be affiliated with an institution or organization.

Program Development awards do not fund PI salaries or indirect costs.

Pre-Application Information:

The next Program Development proposal deadline is April 1, 2019.

Interested applicants are encouraged to share their ideas with Sea Grant staff members prior to submitting a request. Projects exceeding $5,000 should be discussed with Maine Sea Grant personnel prior to submission.

Applicants should submit their request using the program development proposal form template. Principal investigators must submit a two-page resume.

To ensure that funds are available throughout the year, including a reserve for responding to emergency issues, Program Development proposals are evaluated and awards granted two times per year, according to the schedule below. This timeline may be waived in emergency situations demanding rapid response:
- April 1 - 60% of total current year PD allocation
- October 1 - 40% of total current year PD allocation (or remainder)

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Contact Information:

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

All application materials can be submitted electronically to

Maine Sea Grant College Program
5784 York Complex
The University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5784

Voice 207.581.1435
Fax 207.581.1426

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USA: Maine