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National Sea Grant College Program 2020 Special Projects - Sea Grant Support of Workshops and Meetings

Grants to USA Universities in Eligible States for
Professional Development Activities in Coastal Science

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Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce and National Sea Grant Office (NSGO)

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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA universities in multiple states and territories for professional development opportunities related to coastal science and conservation. Applicants must be current participants in the funding source's program. The purpose of funding is to support activities at workshops, conferences or professional meetings that are directly in support of each Program’s 2018-21 strategic plan and/or in alignment with goals and actions identified in the “network visioning” plans developed in 2017-18.

This special projects funding opportunity is available for Sea Grant programs only.  The phased deadline approach for this collection of funding opportunities is being used to accommodate emerging needs and opportunities associated with workshops or professional meetings support throughout the year.

The goals of the funding are to:

  1. Support Sea Grant’s ability to advance priority topics and reach priority groups at workshops or professional meetings (including aquaculture-related topics);
  2. Increase the capacity of Sea Grant Programs to implement priority actions identified in “network visioning” documents developed in 2017-18 and advance efforts towards reaching the goals in each programs 2018-21 strategic plan;

Funds may be used to support the costs of workshops led by Sea Grant programs or individuals representing Sea Grant; for travel of Sea Grant professionals to workshops, conferences or professional meetings; participation in workshops, conferences and professional meetings by Sea Grant professionals relevant to achieving Sea Grant’s mission; workshop logistics and administration, and/or related expenses.

Proposals must be developed in coordination with the appropriate Sea Grant director.

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Each award will be no greater than $10,000 and no less than $2,500.

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The projects are expected to be awarded by February 1, 2020 (round one), April 1, 2020 (round two) and July 1, 2020 (round three), and funds must be used within one year of the award date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Sea Grant network consists of a federal/university partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and 33 university-based programs in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

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Due Dates: December 18, 2019, February 17, 2020; April 28, 2020

Applications require the standard 50% non-federal match for Sea Grant projects.

Supplemental Information: Requesting support in amounts less than $2,500 Sea Grant programs seeking less than $2,500 in support of the activities described in this special projects announcement should not complete this full proposal process. Instead, please complete the Google form established by the NSGO last year. The review criteria and timeframes will follow the details outlined in this special projects announcement, but the process for applying is to complete the form. The form for submitting requests less than $2,500 can be accessed at

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

Questions about this competition or the Special Projects Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) may be sent to Please specify that your question is related to the Sea Grant Workshops and Meetings competition in the subject line and CC Brooke Carney,

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USA: Alaska;   California;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New York;   North Carolina;   Ohio;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   Texas;   Virginia;   Washington;   Wisconsin

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)

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