Sea Grant Request for Proposal


Important Dates

Pre-proposal Due Date:
5 PM EST March 15, 2017

Full Proposal Due Date:
5 PM EST July 3, 2017

Request for Proposals

For the 2018-2020 funding cycle, Georgia Sea Grant is soliciting two-year research proposals that address goals stated in the draft Georgia Sea Grant Strategic Plan.

The overarching goal of our research program is to support outcome oriented research projects that span broad areas of natural, physical, social, behavioral and economic sciences and engineering. We aim to make research investments that will generate substantial social, economic or environmental impact in Georgia. Investigators are encouraged to integrate social science approaches, economics and the use of information technology into the research where appropriate. Some form of educational training, outreach, and/or dissemination of research results (beyond publication in peer-reviewed journals) is required for every research project.

Georgia Sea Grant will have approximately $400,000 per year allocated for research projects. We anticipate funding a total of 6-8 grants with a maximum budget of $75,000 per year for two years (including indirect costs, if any).

In addition, we have allocated nearly $93,000 per year for two years for our new Graduate Research Traineeship program. Our traineeship program includes a stipend that offers qualified graduate students the opportunity to work with principal investigators (PI) on Sea Grant funded research projects. The traineeship stipend does not cover tuition and fees. Sea Grant funded research projects provide training in the students’ major fields, and often provide material for dissertation and theses. The trainees work closely with faculty conducting Sea Grant research to formulate methodology and conduct scientific research. A Sea Grant trainee is expected to work as an investigator (not simply a research technician or laboratory helper) on the research project.

There are 2 stages to applying for SG support: 1) a pre-proposal with external review, and 2) a full proposal with external review.


  • Universities and colleges: Georgia universities, and two- and four-year colleges (including community- colleges) acting on behalf of their faculty members.
  • Nonprofit, non-academic institutions: Independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies, and similar organizations in Georgia that are directly associated with educational or research activities.

Guidelines for Pre-Proposals

Georgia Sea Grant uses a web-based system called eSeaGrant (eSG) that allows preparation, submission, and management of proposals online. Mandatory registration is required before the pre-proposal submission process. Proposals that are not submitted via eSG will not be considered.

Prior to submitting an application, the principal investigator (PI) must complete a one-time registration process in the eSG. It can take as long as 2 weeks to complete the registration process so it is critical to begin as soon as possible before the pre-proposal due date.

Instructions on how to register to use the system and submit your proposal are available here



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