New Hampshire Sea Grant Issues Research RFP for 2020-2021

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Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 11:30am


New Hampshire Sea Grant seeks pre-proposals for its 2020-2021 research funding cycle. Every two years, NH Sea Grant issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) for those seeking major (≤ $100k/year) funding for research projects. During 2019, NH Sea Grant will be reviewing proposals from investigators for one or two-year research funding during the 2020-2021 funding cycle, which officially runs February 1, 2020 – January 31, 2022. A brief summary of the RFP is provided below along with links to additional information.

The guiding philosophy of NH Sea Grant is to serve the State of New Hampshire and the region by supporting innovative and cutting-edge research integrated with expert extension, outreach, and education to support dialogue and science-based decision-making in areas of particular importance to our region. To meet our mission, we seek to foster and support the highest quality coastal and marine research projects that relate to NH Sea Grant’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan Focus Areas: 

  1. Sustainable Fisheries and *Aquaculture
  2. Healthy Coastal Ecosystems
  3. Resilient Communities and Economies
  4. Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development

For the 2020-2021 RFP, NH Sea Grant encourages proposals that focus on *aquaculture research. This enables us to take advantage of matching funds made available by NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program for successful projects that relate to this topic. However, all high-quality proposals addressing any of the Focus Areas outlined in NH Sea Grant’s Strategic Plan will be given equal consideration.

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 extension and engagement activities will be a requirement for all proposals. Thus, we strongly recommend that researchers seek out external partners (NH Fish & Game, NHDES, GBNERR, PREP, etc.) and work with NH Sea Grant extension specialists and educators as early as possible to ensure that their direct input or assistance is integrated during the proposal development process.

The 2018-2021 NH Sea Grant (NHSG) Strategic Plan provides specific guidance on goals for research, extension, and education. Investigators writing research proposals should carefully read this document and consider how their proposed project aligns with the goals of NHSG. The link listed below provides information and access to the NHSG Strategic Plan and RFP Process Details.

Important Deadlines
  • Pre-proposals must be submitted to NHSG by 5:00 p.m. on February 22, 2019.
  • Notification of the status of the review of all pre-proposals will be made by April 5, 2019.
  • Full proposals must be submitted to NHSG by 5:00 p.m. on June 4, 2019.
Who is eligible?

Principal Investigators (PIs) must be affiliated with an academic or research laboratory institution of higher education in New Hampshire. Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs) on proposed projects funded through sub-awards can be from NH or elsewhere and/or non-profit and private research entities. Single investigator and multiple investigator research teams from different institutions are encouraged to apply.

Duration and Funding

Proposed activities may be of one or two years in duration, for the period between February 1, 2020 and January 31, 2022. The pre-proposal budget should not exceed $100,000 per year in requested Sea Grant funds, including all direct and indirect costs. In addition to Sea Grant funds, there is a 50% matching requirement, i.e., $1 in non-federal match is required for every $2 requested from Sea Grant. Therefore, the maximum annual budget is $100,000 in Sea Grant funds with a mandatory $50,000 non-federal match. The project scope should reflect the available funds.

For more information and proposal submission requirements, please visit:

Questions? Contact:

Steve Jones, Ph.D. 
Associate Director and Assistant Director for Research at NH Sea Grant
(603) 862-5124

RFP Information Session

When:      Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 1:30-2:00 p.m. (snow date = February 7, 2019)
Where:     Piscataqua Rooms, Holloway Commons, UNH Durham Campus (75 Main Street, Durham, NH)

Immediately following the NH Sea Grant Research Symposium, there will be an RFP Information Session for Principal Investigators and interested researchers who would like to learn more about proposal development and NH Sea Grant’s RFP process. There is no registration for the RFP Information Session, however registration is required to attend the Research Symposium (9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). Please consider joining us!

Complete 2020-2021 RFP Details

NH Sea Grant Strategic Plan 2018-2021