Sea Grant Request for Proposals


Important Dates

Pre-proposal Due Date:
February 11, 2019 by 5 p.m.

Full Proposal Due Date:
May 3, 2019 by 5 p.m.

Request for Proposals

Georgia Sea Grant is soliciting two year research proposals in response to its FY2020-2022 funding cycle. Proposals must address priorities outlined in our 2018-2021 Strategic Plan.

The overarching goal of Georgia Sea Grant’s research program is to support use-inspired research projects that span broad areas of natural, physical, social, behavioral and economic sciences and engineering. We aim to make research investments in projects that will generate substantial social, economic or environmental benefits 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 has allocated approximately $800,000 for this research competition. We anticipate making 5-7 research awards with a maximum budget of $150,000 for two years (including indirect costs).

Over the duration of two years, Georgia Sea Grant will also invest nearly $340,000 in our Research Trainee Program for undergraduate and graduate students. A separate RFP is being released for this program on January 15, 2019.

Potential investigators are required to submit a pre-proposal in response to this call. Selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.


  • Universities and colleges: Georgia universities, and two- and four-year colleges (including community- colleges) acting on behalf of their faculty members. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities, and faculty at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in Georgia.
  • 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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