Research Funding

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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?

Researchers are encouraged to review the 2014-2017 N.H. Sea Grant Strategic Plan before submitting a proposal for funding to see how their research fits with N.H. Sea Grant's priorities and goals.

Visit our Project Information Database to see projects N.H. Sea Grant has funded since 1998.

Major funding RFP

Every two years, N.H. Sea Grant issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) for those seeking funding (≤ $100k per year) for research projects that contribute to improved understanding, utilization and/or management of coastal and marine resources relating to our four Focus Areas of Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development, Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Resilient Communities and Economies, and Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture.

See what projects are currently being funded on our Research Projects page. 

In early 2017, NHSG will be seeking preliminary proposals to fund projects for 2018-2019. 

Regional funding

Recognizing that some issues are best addressed at the regional scale, the Northeast Sea Grant Consortium (NESGC), comprised of the Sea Grant programs in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, MIT, Woods Hole, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, conducts a regional competition every two years.

In partnership with the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), NESGC is currently funding research addressing the impacts of ocean acidification (OA) on key resource species in the northeast (New York Bight to the Gulf of Maine) as an aid to assist coastal communities in adapting to current and future OA conditions in the region. See our Research Projects page for more information on the projects.

Check back for more information about the next regional competition.

Development funding

N.H. Sea Grant accepts proposals for Program Development Funds at any time. These awards are generally in the $1000-7500 range and are mainly used to initiate a research project and less often to support NHSG-related workshops and travel. Read more about our program development funds.

National (NSI) and Regional (RSI) Strategic Investment funding

The National Sea Grant College Program periodically offers funding opportunities for research on topics that have a national or regional focus and complement state program strategic objectives. Recent opportunities include the Aquaculture Research Program NSI and the Social Science NSI. Read more about NSIs and RSIs on the National Sea Grant website.

Student opportunities

N.H. Sea Grant offers a variety of fellowships and opportunities for students. Read more about opportunities for graduate students and undergraduate students.

Contact information

For more information on N.H. Sea Grant research funding, contact:

Steve Jones, Associate Director (603.862.5124)

Erik Chapman, Acting Director (603.862.1935)