Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) 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.

Please check back in the future for available funding opportunities.

National Competitions

The 2017 National Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative includes two competitive funding opportunities. The first competition is focused on projects that show great promise to increase aquaculture production in the near future by clearly addressing major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture production. The second competition is focused on projects that may be earlier in the development phase, and that show promise to contribute to the expansion of sustainable marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture in the United States.

Virginia Sea Grant invites all interested parties to contact Sam Lake, Virginia Sea Grant’s fellowship and research program coordinator at 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

VASG 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 VASG.

For more information on VASG’s Program Development Funding, please contact Sam Lake, 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

Principle investigators are required to provide VASG 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 VASG reporting guidance, and on the Virginia eSeaGrant reporting system.

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Principal Investigators