Research Funding

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.

National Research Competitions

Since 1966, Sea Grant has invested in the development of sustainable marine and Great Lakes resources to help coastal communities maintain a safe and sustainable local seafood supply. The National Sea Grant College Program continues to invest in research aimed toward protecting these resources through funding opportunities offered at the national level. 

Deadline for Letters of Intent: Wednesday, January 17, 2024 by 5:00 pm local time
Deadline for full applications: Wednesday, April 3, 2024 by 11:59 pm ET
 
Project Description

Subject to the availability of funding, Sea Grant anticipates $5,000,000 to $6,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will develop and refine methods, protocols, techniques, and/or strategies to enhance the production of one or more life stages of aquaculture species (described below) with the overall goal of improving the efficiency, output, and profitability of commercial coastal, marine, or Great Lakes region aquaculture businesses.

Projects that focus on the following aquaculture categories and organisms in both marine and freshwater are eligible for this competition and include:

  • Microalgae and macroalgae (seaweed) • Molluscs • Crustaceans • Ornamentals • Baitfish • Finfish species for food production • Misc. invertebrates

Proposals are sought that will support broad, non-proprietary research to address issues and/or barriers to aquaculture production; make that information available to aquaculture businesses; and preferably include participation and involvement of Sea Grant extension personnel and industry stakeholders.

This opportunity is open to: any individual; any public or private corporation, partnership, or other association or entity (including any Sea Grant College, Sea Grant Institute or other institution); or any state, political subdivision of a state, tribal government or agency or officer thereof. Applications require the standard 50% non-federal match for Sea Grant projects.

Please carefully review the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for specific instructions on how to apply for the competition via grants.gov.

Contact oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov with any questions regarding this NOFO and please specify the opportunity in the subject line.

Application Deadline: March 13, 2024, by 11:59pm ET.​

Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2024-24113

Project Description 

This competition, conducted in partnership with the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration’s Disaster Preparedness Program, is meant to support innovative all-hazard preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives for coastal communities.

Please carefully review the specific instructions for the Disaster Preparedness for Coastal Communities opportunity found on the Inside Sea Grant Funding Opportunities page.

Due Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Eligible Applicants: This competition is open to all Sea Grant programs.

Brief Description:
The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO), in partnership with the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R), Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP), anticipates that up to $600,000 in FY24 federal funds from OR&R will be available to individual Sea Grant programs to support innovative all-hazard preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives for coastal communities.

Additional Information: 
Resources and forms are available on the Inside Sea Grant Implementation page.

No new informational webinar is planned at this time; interested applicants may wish to review last year’s webinar materials (Webinar slides, Webinar Q&As) for information on DPP and the goals of this opportunity. See also the Disaster Preparedness Program Strategic Plan FY22-26 (PDF)

Questions: 
Questions about this funding opportunity should be sent to this email address (sg.grants@noaa.gov). Please specify that your question is related to the Disaster Preparedness competition in the subject line.

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Letter of Intent Deadline: November 30, 2023, by 11:59pm ET.
Application Deadline: February 13, 2024, by 11:59pm ET.


Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2024-2007783

Project Description 


A climate ready nation requires a climate ready workforce. NOAA will assist communities in coastal and Great Lakes states and territories so they may form partnerships that train workers and place them into jobs that enhance climate resilience. This competition is designed to meet the emerging and existing skills needs of employers while helping workers enter good jobs, so that together they may enhance climate resilience. NOAA envisions making between 10-20 awards under this competition, at amounts ranging from $500,000 to $10 million each. NOAA is issuing this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for qualified organizations to form and support partnerships that will work collaboratively to support regional economies and their associated workforces by developing training programs that build in-demand skills, offering wraparound services that allow workers to successfully enroll in and complete training, and helping workers enter or advance into good jobs that enhance climate resilience. Wraparound services allow people to overcome barriers to participate in the program, especially individuals in underserved groups. Examples of wraparound services include transportation, childcare, elder care, and housing services. NOAA heavily prioritizes efforts to reach individuals from historically underserved communities (see Executive Order (EO) 13985; see https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-advancing-racial-equity-and-support-for-underserved-communities-through-the-federal-government/), and to benefit disadvantaged communities (see Executive Order 14008; see https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/27/executive-order-on-tackling-the-climate-crisis-at-home-and-abroad/ and defined in M-23-09, https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/M-23-09_Signed_CEQ_CPO.pdf).

Moreover, Executive Order 14096 recognizes that the Federal Government must continue to remove barriers to the meaningful involvement of the public in such decision-making, particularly those barriers that affect members of communities with environmental justice concerns (see https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2023/04/21/executive-order-on-revitalizing-our-nations-commitment-to-environmental-justice-for-all/). Ultimately, the purpose of this NOFO is to ensure workers in coastal states and territories are trained for and hired into quality private- and public-sector jobs in the U.S. economy that are needed to increase resilience to climate-related hazards (https://www.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/2022-06/NOAA_FY2226_Strategic_Plan.pdf).

Please carefully review the attached competition description (PDF) for specific instructions on how to apply for the competitions via grants.gov.

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Letter of Intent Deadline: August 21, 2023, by 11:59pm ET.
Application Deadline: February 13, 2024, by 11:59pm ET.


Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NOS-OCM-2023-2008068

Project Description 

The NOAA Climate Resilience Regional Challenge (Challenge) will support collaborative approaches to achieving resilience in coastal regions with an emphasis on risk reduction, regional collaboration, equity, and building enduring capacity. The Challenge is a $575 million competition with a Letter of Intent phase and two exclusive funding tracks designed to meet the needs of coastal communities wherever they are in the resilience and adaptation process.

Regional Collaborative Building and Strategy Development (Track One) supports building capacity for, development of, and collaboration on transformational resilience and adaptation strategies for coastal communities. Successful applicants will receive $500,000 to $2,000,000 to support regional scale coordination, engagement, planning, advancement of equitable outcomes, and capacity building for resilience and adaptation. Total funding for all Track One awards may be up to $25 million.

Implementation of Resilience and Adaptation Actions (Track Two) supports implementation of transformational resilience and adaptation strategies and associated actions for coastal communities anchored in previous planning efforts. Applicants must propose a suite of complementary adaptation actions that together build the resilience of multiple communities within a coastal region, including those that have been marginalized, underserved, or underrepresented. Applicants can apply for not less than $15,000,000 and not more than $75,000,000, with most awards being between $25,000,000 and $50,000,000. Total funding available for all Track Two awards is up to $550,000,000.

Please carefully review the Notice of Federal Funding (PDF) for specific instructions on how to apply for the competitions via grants.gov.

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FY24 Disaster Preparedness for Coastal Communities

Application Deadline: March 13, 2024, by 11:59pm ET.

Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2024-24113

Project Description 

This competition, conducted in partnership with the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration’s Disaster Preparedness Program, is meant to support innovative all-hazard preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives for coastal communities.

Please carefully review the specific instructions for the Disaster Preparedness for Coastal Communities opportunity found on the Inside Sea Grant Funding Opportunities page.

Due Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Eligible Applicants: This competition is open to all Sea Grant programs.

Brief Description:
The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO), in partnership with the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R), Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP), anticipates that up to $600,000 in FY24 federal funds from OR&R will be available to individual Sea Grant programs to support innovative all-hazard preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives for coastal communities.

Additional Information: 
Resources and forms are available on the Inside Sea Grant Implementation page.

No new informational webinar is planned at this time; interested applicants may wish to review last year’s webinar materials (Webinar slides, Webinar Q&As) for information on DPP and the goals of this opportunity. See also the Disaster Preparedness Program Strategic Plan FY22-26 (PDF)

Questions: 
Questions about this funding opportunity should be sent to this email address (sg.grants@noaa.gov). Please specify that your question is related to the Disaster Preparedness competition in the subject line.

Climate Ready Workforce for Coastal States, Tribes, and Territories

Letter of Intent Deadline: November 30, 2023, by 11:59pm ET.
Application Deadline: February 13, 2024, by 11:59pm ET.

Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2024-2007783

Project Description 


A climate ready nation requires a climate ready workforce. NOAA will assist communities in coastal and Great Lakes states and territories so they may form partnerships that train workers and place them into jobs that enhance climate resilience. This competition is designed to meet the emerging and existing skills needs of employers while helping workers enter good jobs, so that together they may enhance climate resilience. NOAA envisions making between 10-20 awards under this competition, at amounts ranging from $500,000 to $10 million each. NOAA is issuing this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for qualified organizations to form and support partnerships that will work collaboratively to support regional economies and their associated workforces by developing training programs that build in-demand skills, offering wraparound services that allow workers to successfully enroll in and complete training, and helping workers enter or advance into good jobs that enhance climate resilience. Wraparound services allow people to overcome barriers to participate in the program, especially individuals in underserved groups. Examples of wraparound services include transportation, childcare, elder care, and housing services. NOAA heavily prioritizes efforts to reach individuals from historically underserved communities (see Executive Order (EO) 13985; see https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-advancing-racial-equity-and-support-for-underserved-communities-through-the-federal-government/), and to benefit disadvantaged communities (see Executive Order 14008; see https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/27/executive-order-on-tackling-the-climate-crisis-at-home-and-abroad/ and defined in M-23-09, https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/M-23-09_Signed_CEQ_CPO.pdf).

Moreover, Executive Order 14096 recognizes that the Federal Government must continue to remove barriers to the meaningful involvement of the public in such decision-making, particularly those barriers that affect members of communities with environmental justice concerns (see https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2023/04/21/executive-order-on-revitalizing-our-nations-commitment-to-environmental-justice-for-all/). Ultimately, the purpose of this NOFO is to ensure workers in coastal states and territories are trained for and hired into quality private- and public-sector jobs in the U.S. economy that are needed to increase resilience to climate-related hazards (https://www.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/2022-06/NOAA_FY2226_Strategic_Plan.pdf).

Please carefully review the attached competition description (PDF) for specific instructions on how to apply for the competitions via grants.gov.

Informational Webinars 

Informational webinar #1  – July 11 at 3 pm Eastern 
Definition of “resilience” webinar – July 12 at 3 pm Eastern 
Informational webinar #2 -Q&A focus– July 20 at 3 pm Eastern 
How to leverage partnerships webinar – July 21 at 3 pm Eastern 
Tips for first time applicants webinar – August 2 at 3 pm Eastern 

Inflation Reduction Act: NOAA Climate Resilience Regional Challenge

Letter of Intent Deadline: August 21, 2023, by 11:59pm ET.
Application Deadline: February 13, 2024, by 11:59pm ET.

Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NOS-OCM-2023-2008068

Project Description 

The NOAA Climate Resilience Regional Challenge (Challenge) will support collaborative approaches to achieving resilience in coastal regions with an emphasis on risk reduction, regional collaboration, equity, and building enduring capacity. The Challenge is a $575 million competition with a Letter of Intent phase and two exclusive funding tracks designed to meet the needs of coastal communities wherever they are in the resilience and adaptation process.

Regional Collaborative Building and Strategy Development (Track One) supports building capacity for, development of, and collaboration on transformational resilience and adaptation strategies for coastal communities. Successful applicants will receive $500,000 to $2,000,000 to support regional scale coordination, engagement, planning, advancement of equitable outcomes, and capacity building for resilience and adaptation. Total funding for all Track One awards may be up to $25 million.

Implementation of Resilience and Adaptation Actions (Track Two) supports implementation of transformational resilience and adaptation strategies and associated actions for coastal communities anchored in previous planning efforts. Applicants must propose a suite of complementary adaptation actions that together build the resilience of multiple communities within a coastal region, including those that have been marginalized, underserved, or underrepresented. Applicants can apply for not less than $15,000,000 and not more than $75,000,000, with most awards being between $25,000,000 and $50,000,000. Total funding available for all Track Two awards is up to $550,000,000.

Please carefully review the Notice of Federal Funding (PDF) for specific instructions on how to apply for the competitions via grants.gov.

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.

Notice of Intent Deadline: January 31, 2024, by 11:59pm ET.
Application Deadline: March 27, 2024, by 11:59pm ET.

Project Description 

Subject to the availability of funding in fiscal years 2024 and 2025, Sea Grant anticipates approximately $16,000,000 will be available to support innovative, transformational research to application (R2A) projects that will address the prevention and/or removal of marine debris, with award periods of three years. “Research to application” or R2A refers to research and development projects that transition into tangible, scalable outcomes and outputs. Examples include (but are not limited to) new prototypes, products, processes, or tools. 

Proposals may address (but are not limited to) innovative or non-proven interception and/or removal technologies (i.e. prototype devices that require additional research and development prior to deployment, and/or need to be tested in new environments), reusable systems, microplastics, and/or nanoplastics. Successful proposals will build upon and extend existing knowledge and efforts related to marine debris; support broad, innovative research to address critical gaps with respect to marine debris; make that information available to communities and stakeholders; include Sea Grant education and extension professionals, community representatives, government, academic, non-governmental, tribal, and industry partners, as appropriate; and proactively incorporate principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility at every level of the work. Proposals must include funding for Sea Grant education and/or extension personnel as collaborators. Community, government, academic, non-government, and industry stakeholder participation/involvement in projects is strongly encouraged. Applications DO NOT require non-federal match. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to combine NOAA federal funding with formal matching contributions and informal leverage from a broad range of sources in the public and private sectors. To this end, applicants should note that cost sharing and leverage of other funds is an element considered in the evaluation criteria.

Applicants and awardees from the FY22/23 National Sea Grant Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Marine Debris Challenge Competition are eligible to apply for these funds. Current awardees may submit an application outlining how additional funds would advance their original project. These applicants should focus on scaling and operationalizing their original technology or method rather than additional research. NOAA also encourages new applicants or previous applicants with new project ideas to apply.

Fully integrated teams of collaborators noted above must submit proposals with a Sea Grant program (Sea Grant Colleges, Institutions, or Coherent Area Programs) as a partner. A Sea Grant program may participate in more than one proposal. Collaborations among Sea Grant programs are encouraged, as appropriate. Please note that it is not a requirement that investigators, including the PI, are part of a Sea Grant program. Contact information for each program can be found at https://seagrant.noaa.gov/About. All 34 Sea Grant programs are eligible to serve as partners and to submit applications. If you need further assistance in identifying a program to partner with please contact the National Sea Grant Office via email at sg.grants@noaa.gov

Eligibility:

This opportunity is open to any person or group within the United States or its territories, as well as tribal nations within those geographies.

Applicants must submit proposals in partnership with a relevant Sea Grant program. Please note that it is not a requirement that investigators, including the PI, are part of a Sea Grant program. Contact information for Sea Grant programs can be found at: https://seagrant.noaa.gov/About. If you need further assistance in identifying a program to partner with, please contact one of the Sea Grant Marine Debris Team listed below in Section VII. Agency Contacts.

Federal agencies and their personnel are not permitted to receive federal funding under this competition; however, federal scientists and other employees can serve as uncompensated partners or co-Principal Investigators on applications. Federal labs and offices can also make available specialized expertise, facilities, or equipment to applicants but cannot be compensated under this competition for their use.

Funding Availability:

Subject to the availability of funding, this announcement describes how eligible applicants should apply for the National Sea Grant BIL Marine Debris Challenge Competition. Sea Grant anticipates having approximately $16,000,000 to fund approximately 5-12 projects of up to three years’ duration. We expect the average project size will be between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000; however, applications may request up to $3,000,000 in federal funds addressing the program priorities.

Questions:
Questions about this funding opportunity should be sent to this email address (lmeddy@vaseagrant.org). Please specify that your question is about the Marine Debris Funding Competition in the subject line.
 
Please review the Notice of Funding Opportunity on grants.gov for additional information.
 
Notice of Intent Deadline (Optional): January 16, 2024, by 11:59pm ET.
Application Deadline: February 16, 2024, by 11:59pm ET.
Project Description 

Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) and the Virginia Water Resources Research Center (VWRRC), with support from the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) and its partners: the Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant programs (MD, PA, NY, DE, NJ, NC); select USGS-funded WRRCs in the Chesapeake Bay (DE, NY, PA, NC); and the Chesapeake Bay Toxic Contaminants Workgroup are seeking two single or multi-investigator proposals relevant to the identification and mitigation of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in stormwater in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. For the purpose of this research call, CECs include, but are not limited to pharmaceuticals, personal care or household cleaning products, industrial chemicals, per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), lawn care and agricultural products, and microfibers. Microplastics will not be considered as part of this call. 

Projects funded under this competition may request up to $200,000. All projects require a 50% non-federal cost match ($1 match for every $2 of Sea Grant funding). Funded projects will take place between May 2024 and May 2026. Funding will be competitively awarded per the procedures found in this document. Projects must take place in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. All selected projects will support the priorities identified in this document. 

Focus Area:
Projects should propose research that takes place in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, with specific attention to socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. Research should focus on one of the following priorities:
 
  1. Identifying the presence and sources of CECs in Stormwater;
  2. Determining the ability of current Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce CECs in stormwater;
  3. Researching new methods of CEC mitigation via new or altered stormwater BMPs;
  4. Providing a regional outreach and education program that engages populations in disadvantaged communities
Eligibility:
Principal investigators (PIs) must be affiliated with an academic institution or research laboratory. Non-academic or research institution partners may serve as Co-PIs. Single investigators and multiple investigator research teams from multiple institutions are also encouraged to apply.
 
Questions:
Questions about this funding opportunity should be sent to this email address (lmeddy@vaseagrant.org). Please specify that your question is about the Contaminants Research Competition in the subject line.
 

Please carefully review the Request for Proposals (PDF) for specific instructions on how to apply for the competitions via eSeaGrant.

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FY2024-2025 National Sea Grant BIL Marine Debris Challenge Competition

Notice of Intent Deadline: January 31, 2024, by 11:59pm ET.
Application Deadline: March 27, 2024, by 11:59pm ET.

Project Description 

Subject to the availability of funding in fiscal years 2024 and 2025, Sea Grant anticipates approximately $16,000,000 will be available to support innovative, transformational research to application (R2A) projects that will address the prevention and/or removal of marine debris, with award periods of three years. “Research to application” or R2A refers to research and development projects that transition into tangible, scalable outcomes and outputs. Examples include (but are not limited to) new prototypes, products, processes, or tools. 

Proposals may address (but are not limited to) innovative or non-proven interception and/or removal technologies (i.e. prototype devices that require additional research and development prior to deployment, and/or need to be tested in new environments), reusable systems, microplastics, and/or nanoplastics. Successful proposals will build upon and extend existing knowledge and efforts related to marine debris; support broad, innovative research to address critical gaps with respect to marine debris; make that information available to communities and stakeholders; include Sea Grant education and extension professionals, community representatives, government, academic, non-governmental, tribal, and industry partners, as appropriate; and proactively incorporate principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility at every level of the work. Proposals must include funding for Sea Grant education and/or extension personnel as collaborators. Community, government, academic, non-government, and industry stakeholder participation/involvement in projects is strongly encouraged. Applications DO NOT require non-federal match. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to combine NOAA federal funding with formal matching contributions and informal leverage from a broad range of sources in the public and private sectors. To this end, applicants should note that cost sharing and leverage of other funds is an element considered in the evaluation criteria.

Applicants and awardees from the FY22/23 National Sea Grant Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Marine Debris Challenge Competition are eligible to apply for these funds. Current awardees may submit an application outlining how additional funds would advance their original project. These applicants should focus on scaling and operationalizing their original technology or method rather than additional research. NOAA also encourages new applicants or previous applicants with new project ideas to apply.

Fully integrated teams of collaborators noted above must submit proposals with a Sea Grant program (Sea Grant Colleges, Institutions, or Coherent Area Programs) as a partner. A Sea Grant program may participate in more than one proposal. Collaborations among Sea Grant programs are encouraged, as appropriate. Please note that it is not a requirement that investigators, including the PI, are part of a Sea Grant program. Contact information for each program can be found at https://seagrant.noaa.gov/About. All 34 Sea Grant programs are eligible to serve as partners and to submit applications. If you need further assistance in identifying a program to partner with please contact the National Sea Grant Office via email at sg.grants@noaa.gov

Eligibility:

This opportunity is open to any person or group within the United States or its territories, as well as tribal nations within those geographies.

Applicants must submit proposals in partnership with a relevant Sea Grant program. Please note that it is not a requirement that investigators, including the PI, are part of a Sea Grant program. Contact information for Sea Grant programs can be found at: https://seagrant.noaa.gov/About. If you need further assistance in identifying a program to partner with, please contact one of the Sea Grant Marine Debris Team listed below in Section VII. Agency Contacts.

Federal agencies and their personnel are not permitted to receive federal funding under this competition; however, federal scientists and other employees can serve as uncompensated partners or co-Principal Investigators on applications. Federal labs and offices can also make available specialized expertise, facilities, or equipment to applicants but cannot be compensated under this competition for their use.

Funding Availability:

Subject to the availability of funding, this announcement describes how eligible applicants should apply for the National Sea Grant BIL Marine Debris Challenge Competition. Sea Grant anticipates having approximately $16,000,000 to fund approximately 5-12 projects of up to three years’ duration. We expect the average project size will be between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000; however, applications may request up to $3,000,000 in federal funds addressing the program priorities.

Questions:
Questions about this funding opportunity should be sent to this email address (lmeddy@vaseagrant.org). Please specify that your question is about the Marine Debris Funding Competition in the subject line.
 
Please review the Notice of Funding Opportunity on grants.gov for additional information.

Identification and Mitigation of Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) in Stormwater in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Communities of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Notice of Intent Deadline (Optional): January 16, 2024, by 11:59pm ET.
Application Deadline: February 16, 2024, by 11:59pm ET.

Project Description 

Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) and the Virginia Water Resources Research Center (VWRRC), with support from the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) and its partners: the Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant programs (MD, PA, NY, DE, NJ, NC); select USGS-funded WRRCs in the Chesapeake Bay (DE, NY, PA, NC); and the Chesapeake Bay Toxic Contaminants Workgroup are seeking two single or multi-investigator proposals relevant to the identification and mitigation of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in stormwater in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. For the purpose of this research call, CECs include, but are not limited to pharmaceuticals, personal care or household cleaning products, industrial chemicals, per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), lawn care and agricultural products, and microfibers. Microplastics will not be considered as part of this call. 

Projects funded under this competition may request up to $200,000. All projects require a 50% non-federal cost match ($1 match for every $2 of Sea Grant funding). Funded projects will take place between May 2024 and May 2026. Funding will be competitively awarded per the procedures found in this document. Projects must take place in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. All selected projects will support the priorities identified in this document. 

Focus Area:
Projects should propose research that takes place in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, with specific attention to socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. Research should focus on one of the following priorities:
 
  1. Identifying the presence and sources of CECs in Stormwater;
  2. Determining the ability of current Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce CECs in stormwater;
  3. Researching new methods of CEC mitigation via new or altered stormwater BMPs;
  4. Providing a regional outreach and education program that engages populations in disadvantaged communities
Eligibility:
Principal investigators (PIs) must be affiliated with an academic institution or research laboratory. Non-academic or research institution partners may serve as Co-PIs. Single investigators and multiple investigator research teams from multiple institutions are also encouraged to apply.
 
Questions:
Questions about this funding opportunity should be sent to this email address (lmeddy@vaseagrant.org). Please specify that your question is about the Contaminants Research Competition in the subject line.
 

Please carefully review the Request for Proposals (PDF) for specific instructions on how to apply for the competitions via eSeaGrant.

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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 Associate Director Scott Sandridge at  sasandridge@vaseagrant.org or 804-684-7251.

Additional Support

REQUESTS FOR SPONSORSHIP OR OTHER CONFERENCE SUPPORT

Virginia Sea Grant will no longer fund external requests to sponsor conferences or support participants at conferences.  This policy change results from increased organizational requests seeking financial support that exceed our available resources.  Instead, our emphasis will be on providing our fellows with the professional development opportunities that they require to be successful and on meeting emerging strategic needs to benefit the Commonwealth.

BUDGETING FOR THE VASG COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

If your proposal includes a communications component involving the Virginia Sea Grant Communications Center, please include this in your budget. The Center offers services like science writing, copy editing, photography, videography, drone footage, graphic design, web design, and web hosting. For more information, contact Jay Clark, communications center manager, or Stacy Keating, VASG business manager.

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