Virginia Sea Grant offers a range of funding opportunities for researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students. We support sound scientific research that is consistent with Virginia Sea Grant’s Strategic Plan to benefit the Commonwealth.

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Regional Research Competitions

To address broader regional priorities, Virginia Sea Grant periodically partners with other Sea Grant programs throughout the mid-Atlantic region to bring together innovative research teams with high levels of integration, those who demonstrate synergistic benefits, and mechanisms for transferring knowledge to end-users.

NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) and the Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant Programs (MASGP) are currently accepting applications for the 2018 Ocean Acidification Graduate Research Fellowship.

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National Competitions

The 2018 NOAA National Sea Grant College Program 2018 Ocean, Coastal, and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative competition is designed to foster the expansion of a sustainable U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture sector by addressing one or more of the following priorities: (a) supporting the development of emerging systems or technologies that will advance aquaculture in the U.S., including projects that will help stimulate aquaculture production by nascent industries; (b) developing and implementing actionable methods to communicate accurate, science based messages and information about the benefits and risks of U.S. marine aquaculture to the public; and (c) increasing the resiliency of aquaculture systems to natural hazards and changing conditions. Successful applications must describe projects that clearly address major constraints, barriers or hurdles limiting aquaculture production in the U.S.

Virginia Sea Grant strongly encourages all interested parties to contact Sam Lake, Virginia Sea Grant’s fellowship and research program coordinator at two months prior to the deadline for guidance regarding the proposal development and to discuss their project ideas. Specific questions related to the Federal Funding Opportunities (FFO) can also be directed to the following email address

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Resilience Research and Design Collaborative

Virginia Sea Grant and Wetlands Watch have partnered to establish an adaptation research and design collaborative- or "Collaboratory" - linking Virginia universities with coastal communities to help develop and implement innovative adaptation tools, strategies, and designs.

Virginia Sea Grant and Wetlands Watch are currently soliciting interest from Virginia's academic institutions that have student capstone, design studio, community service or other courses that link faculty-student teams with community projects. Funding is available to help support faculty-student team project costs.

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Program Development Awards

Virginia Sea Grant has a small amount of discretionary funding available to respond to immediate and emerging needs, launch initiatives to address opportunities, or otherwise support mission-relevant activities that are important to Virginia Sea Grant and the Commonwealth.

For more information on Virginia Sea Grant’s Program Development funding, please contact Sam Lake, the Virginia Sea Grant Fellowship and Research Program Coordinator, at or 804-684-7436.

Managing your Award

Virginia Sea Grant provides guidelines for managing funded projects.

For guidance documents related to fellowship and funding opportunities, please navigate to those opportunities on Virginia Sea Grant’s website.

For more information on managing your project, please contact Sam Lake, Virginia Sea Grant Fellowship and Research Program Coordinator, at or 804-684-7436.

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Guidance and Reporting

Principal investigators are required to provide Virginia Sea Grant with progress, completion, and post-completion project reports, which are used in program management at the state, and national levels. These reports are used to evaluate the progress and accomplishments of Virginia Sea Grant’s project, and to meet the national reporting requirements of the National Sea Grant Program Office.

Report templates and instructions are provided to the principal investigator in advance of the due dates. National Sea Grant reporting requirements can change annually, and those changes will be reflected in the Virginia Sea Grant reporting guidance, and on the Virginia eSeaGrant reporting system.

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End Users


Proposal Reviewers

Principal Investigators