Funding Opportunities

Alaska Sea Grant research funding

As part of our mission to enhance the wise use and conservation of Alaska’s marine, coastal and watershed resources through research, education and extension, Alaska Sea Grant supports a number of formal, peer-reviewed research projects on a two-year cycle. A Request for Proposals is normally issued in the fall of each even-numbered year for two-year projects to begin early in the next even-numbered year. We anticipate that our next call for proposals will be in December 2018.

The Announcement of Funding Opportunity for 2018–2020 (now closed) [234 KB PDF] is available online.

Occasional special funding opportunities may also arise. If you would like to be on our mailing list for research announcements, please email

Alaska Sea Grant program development and rapid response funding

Limited funds for "program development and rapid response" may be available between normal funding cycles. These funds allow us to take advantage of unforeseen and time-limited opportunities:

Prior to submitting a request for funds, please discuss your ideas with Alaska Sea Grant Director Paula Cullenberg.

If funds are available and your request meets current priorities, you will be asked to submit a 1- to 2-page written request that includes a project description, a justification of the need for development funds, and a budget outline. A response will normally be provided within 1–2 weeks of this submission.

For information on research recently funded by Alaska Sea Grant, please see our current project directory and our research project database.

National Sea Grant funding

National Sea Grant research

Each year, the National Sea Grant Program (NSG) provides a variety of competitive funding opportunities for specific coastal and marine research. These are posted at the Sea Grant Funding and Fellowships page. National Sea Grant proposals are typically administered by the state Sea Grant College. Questions are welcome.

Graduate student fellowships

Other NOAA research opportunities

NOAA Fisheries offers a Fisheries Finance Program for construction or reconstruction of fishing vessels, fisheries facilities, aquacultural facilities, and individual fishing quota in the Northwest Halibut/Sablefish Fishery.