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.

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

Since 1966, Sea Grant has invested in the development of sustainable marine and Great Lakes aquaculture to help coastal communities maintain a safe and sustainable local seafood supply. The National Sea Grant College Program is continuing to invest in aquaculture in 2020 by building upon the foundation laid by recent investments and continuing to draw on the aquaculture expertise contained within the broader Sea Grant network.

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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.

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, contact VASG's Fellowship and Research Program Coordinator, or 804-684-7436.

Fisheries Resource Grant Program

The Virginia Legislature ratified House Bill 1634 in 1999, creating the Fishery Resource Grant (FRG) Trust Fund to "protect and enhance the state's coastal fishery resources through the awarding of grants." VASG extension partner at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s Marine Advisory Program manages FRG applications and awards.