Alaska Sea Grant looks to fund research that helps coastal communities


Contact: Paula Cullenberg, Interim Director, Alaska Sea Grant College Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 907-274-9692,

NR: SG-2008/NR283

Fairbanks, Alaska—The Alaska Sea Grant College Program is looking for creative research proposals that will help the state address the impacts of environmental change on coastal communities and increase the value of its coastal and ocean resources.

Preliminary proposals that meet the program’s criteria will be accepted for consideration until 5:00 p.m. Monday, January 26, 2009.

Pre-proposals will be accepted from qualified investigators at universities, federal, state, local, and tribal government entities, and approved nonprofit organizations. Alaska Sea Grant encourages participation from the broad research community and welcomes proposals from investigators new to the Alaska Sea Grant proposal application process.

Alaska Sea Grant is a marine research, education, and advisory program headquartered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Every two years, the program solicits research proposals. The program is currently taking pre-proposals for research projects for the 2010–2012 biennium.

Alaska Sea Grant’s interim director, Paula Cullenberg, said that for this biennium Alaska Sea Grant–sponsored research will emphasize impacts on and adaptation strategies for coastal ecosystems and coastal communities from environmental change, both human-caused and natural.

"We're looking for proposals that improve the economic viability of Alaska coastal communities through innovations in marketing, processing and other means that add value to local resources," said Cullenberg. "We are looking for projects that engage stakeholders or user groups on issues of importance to our coastal communities."

To learn more about this pre-proposal funding opportunity and how to apply, please review the Announcement of Research Funding Opportunity for 2010–2012.