Biennial Request for Proposals
Every two years, N.H. Sea Grant issues an RFP for those seeking major (≤ $100k per year) funding for research projects. See what projects are currently being funded on the Research Projects page. During 2015, the program will be reviewing proposals for one- or two-year research funding during 2016-2017 (funding period February 1, 2016 – January 31, 2018).
Who can apply?
Faculty and researchers with principal investigator status at any institution of higher education and research in New Hampshire are eligible to apply for funding through N.H. Sea Grant.
Does my research fit with the N.H. Sea Grant Program funding goals?
The guiding philosophy for N.H. Sea Grant is to serve the state and region by supporting innovative and cutting-edge research integrated with expert extension, outreach and education to support dialog and science-based decision-making in areas of particular importance to our region. To meet our organizational mission, we seek to foster and support the highest quality research in marine and coastal sciences, social science and education.
Research proposals should address one or more of the program goals identified in the 2014-2017 N.H. Sea Grant Strategic Plan under our four Focus Areas of Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development, Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Resilient Communities and Economies, and Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture. The N.H. Sea Grant Strategic Plan provides specific guidance on goals for research, extension and education. Investigators writing research proposals should read the Strategic Plan carefully and consider how their proposed project aligns with the goals of NHSG. All proposed research should contribute to improved understanding, utilization and/or management of coastal and marine resources.
Successful proposals will clearly identify end users of the resulting research, and robust engagement activities will be a requirement for all proposals. Thus, we strongly recommend that researchers seek to work with Sea Grant extension specialists and educators as early as possible to ensure their input is integrated into proposals from the beginning. See some tips for including extension into your research.
Visit our Project Information Database to see projects N.H. Sea Grant has funded since 1998.
Sea Grant is a matching funds program, which requires that at least 50% of the aggregate federal dollars received be matched by state or private funds ($1 of match for every $2 of requested federal Sea Grant funds). N.H. Sea Grant recognizes that all PIs may not be able to provide a 50% match in their proposals. However, we ask that you provide as much as possible from non-federal sources. In-kind matching from university or other sources is often acceptable. Possible sources of matching funds include faculty/staff salaries, departmental or college student stipends, benefits, donated lab or ship time, indirect costs, and real or in-kind contributions from non-federal partners. Matching funds are scrutinized very closely for legitimacy by both the University of New Hampshire and the federal government.
The development and review of Sea Grant project proposals is a three-step process:
1. Principal investigators submit short preliminary project proposals by 5:00 p.m. February 24, 2015.
2. Following a review by a preliminary proposal review panel comprised of knowledgeable researchers from institutions outside N.H., the N.H. Sea Grant Executive Committee makes recommendations regarding development of full proposals. Principal investigators then submit full project proposals by 5:00 p.m. June 2, 2015.
3. After a comprehensive merit review by mail and a technical advisory panel, PIs are notified about the review outcome of their proposal, and the most promising proposals will be submitted to the National Sea Grant Office with a recommendation for funding.
Preliminary proposals are no longer being accepted for the 2016-2017 funding period.
Principal investigators who submitted preliminary proposals will be contacted with recommendations regarding development of full proposals by April 10, 2015. Check back at that time for instructions for submitting a full proposal. Full proposals are due to N.H. Sea Grant by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.
Proposal schedule and deadlines
For a comprehensive list of deadlines related to the RFP, see the RFP Calendar.
Steve Jones, Associate Director (603.862.5124)
Jonathan Pennock, Director (603.862.2921)
Lisa Scigliano, Fiscal Administrator (603.862.0529)
Engagement and outreach proposal components
Julia Peterson, Extension Program Leader (603.862.6706)
Steve Jones, Associate Director (603.862.5124)
Proposal submission information or problems
Sally Nelson, Senior Administrative Assistant (603.862.2987)