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.

Learn more about the Fisheries Resource Grant Program

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 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

One of the most valuable aspects of a Sea Grant program is its capacity to bring university, governmental, or private resources to bear upon various emerging problems or opportunities. Program Development funds are provided by Virginia Sea Grant to achieve four primary goals: support high-impact students, cultivate innovation through collaborative proof-of-concept projects, nurture strategic initiatives, and to examine pressing or emerging problems. Proposals to convene multi-institutional or partnership-focused meetings that explore opportunities for collaboration, help advance integration across partners, or address pressing or emerging needs are encouraged.

For more information on Virginia Sea Grant’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 to each of our principle investigators and fellows at the beginning of their funded projects to help them managing their awards.

For guidance and related information on Virginia Sea Grant’s Graduate Research Fellowship, refer to the documents included below.

  • Tips and Guidance for Successful Fellow-Mentor Relationships
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Expectations
  • Policies & Procedures for Budget Changes
  • Title IX & Fellowships
  • Personal Information Use Policy
  • For more information on managing your project, please contact Sam Lake, Virginia Sea Grant Fellowship and Research Program Coordinator, at or 804-684-7436.

    Reporting and Guidance

    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.

    Visit Virginia’s eSeaGrant Reporting System

    End Users


    Proposal Reviewers

    Principal Investigators