Sea Grant Support


To support the establishment and operation of major university centers for marine resources research, education, and training and to support marine advisory services. Some individual efforts in these same areas also receive funding.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Sea Grant College Program Improvement Act of 1976, Public Law 94-461, 33 U.S.C. 1121
National Sea Grant College Program Act, Public Law 100-220
Public Law 117-117-58
IIJA Title Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Public Law 117-58
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Universities, colleges, junior colleges, technical schools, institutes, laboratories; any public or private corporation, partnership, or other association or entity; any State, political subdivision of a State or agency or officer thereof; any individual.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Organizations and individuals with professional interest in marine affairs.
Proposals with statement of work and estimated budget.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. See contact information
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Made in a proposal to Headquarters Office or local Sea Grant program fully documenting need for grant and proposed amount. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A- 102.
Award Procedure
Awards are made competitively on the basis of proposal evaluation.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 180 days from time of proposal submission.
Not applicable.
Renewals and extensions are determined by the NOFO and or in negotiation with Sea Grant Office.
How are proposals selected?
Applications are judged on the degree to which they contribute to the purposes of the Act, along with their relevance to the oceans, Great Lakes, and the marine environment. They are also judged on expected results and benefits, soundness of scientific approach, cost effectiveness, and other factors. Specific selection factors are included in all Notice of funding opportunities issued by the National Sea Grant College Program.
How may assistance be used?
Funding is provided to address Coastal, Ocean and Great Lakes issues and may be used for projects focusing research and development, education and training, technology transfer and advisory services. Projects are expected to achieve measurable, sustainable, and lasting benefits. Applicants seeking funding under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act are expected to invest public dollars equitably, create good jobs with high labor standards, ensure goods and services are made in America, and build infrastructure that is resilient and helps combat the climate crisis.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Financial status reports and performance reports required quarterly. Final reports are required at the end of the support period.
Not applicable.
Grantees expected to maintain complete records for each grant to insure funds are used for purpose for which grant was made.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 50%. Matching requirements are normally required at a ratio of 1 dollar of match for every 2 of federal support. However, depending on the individual notice of funding opportunity, matching funds may be waived.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funding is normally provided in annual increments for multi year awards. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Chelsea Berg
Grants Manager National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910 US
Phone: (302) 751-0191
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$8,128,029.00; FY 23 est $88,026,584.00; FY 24 est $888,000,000.00; - includes Sea Grant and Aquaculture project grants IIJA funds shown separately(Project Grants) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $17,927,684.00; FY 24 est $9,000.00; - IIJA funds
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
5,000 to $5,000,000 Estimated for 2022
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR 600-635; Literature: Suggestions for Submission of Proposals and Administration of Grants, National Sea Grant Program (no charge). Federal Register Vol. 43, No. 70 dates April 1978 and Vol. 43, No. 153 dated August 8, 1978, Part III, Title 15, Chapter IX, Part 917. Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.