Research Grants

CTSG funded projects typically range from $25,000 to $65,000 per year in a biennial request for proposals. Sea Grant support is awarded on a competitive basis, and is available to researchers and educators at all academic institutions, research laboratories, and nonprofit outreach/education facilities. While priority is given to institutions in Connecticut, CTSG will occasionally fund projects at non-Connecticut institutions if the project has relevance to Connecticut. Major research, education, and outreach grants are only considered as part of our biennial Omnibus, for which a request for proposals is typically issued in January of the year during which proposals will be considered. As a rule of thumb, proposals are solicited and considered during odd years (e.g., 2009, 2011), while funding for two-year projects begins in even years (e.g., 2012, 2014). There are also periodic opportunities for federally funded grants on topical themes, administered through our program.

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Connecticut Sea Grant Supplemental Omnibus RFP 2014-2016: Period for LOI is closed

At this time, Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG) invites proposals for research which develops, promotes or facilitates resilience in coastal communities, i.e. investigates and/or addresses different aspects of resilience (community, economic, social, ecosystem, etc.) that directly relate to and support CTSG’s current strategic plan. The award period for this funding is December 1, 2014 to November 30, 2016. Any investigator seeking support for this period must have submitted (1) a letter of intent by e-mail for receipt no later than 4:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday July 3, 2014, and (2) an electronic copy, as two files, of their proposal by e-mail for receipt no later than 4:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 15, 2014. This funding opportunity is available to researchers at all non-profit academic institutions, research laboratories, and extension/outreach facilities in Connecticut. Specific guidance on the letter of intent and full proposal can be found in the RFP. Please address questions regarding proposal preparation to Dr. Syma A. Ebbin or (860) 405-9278.

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Long Island Sound Research 2015-2016

Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG) and New York Sea Grant (NYSG) announce the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) extra-mural research program. The intent of this program is to fund research that will support the management of Long Island Sound (LIS) and its resources. The LISS is a regional, community-based partnership to protect and restore LIS. Information on the LISS can be obtainedhere. Approximately $760,000 in funding is expected to be available. Download RFP herein PDF format.

Coastal Storm Awareness Program (CSAP)

NOAA and The Sea Grant Programs of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey have awarded $1.5 million in funds to help better prepare communities to respond to extreme weather events like SuperStorm Sandy.

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Sea Grant Arts Grant

The Connecticut Sea Grant Arts Funding Program awards up to $1000 to an artist through this competitive funding program. The winning submission will be selected on the basis of its aesthetic quality, relevance to coastal and marine environments and Connecticut Sea Grant themes, as well as its potential impact on non-traditional audiences.
Deadline: April 15, 2015.

Eligibility: Artists who live in Connecticut, or whose work relates to the Connecticut coast or is Long Island Sound-based.

For more information contact Dr. Syma A. Ebbin, Research Coordinator, Connecticut Sea Grant, at 860 405-9278 or

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Development Grants

"Seed grants": Start-up funds for smaller projects, generally $5000 or less, typically in the range of $250–$3,000. Seed Grants may be sought at any time from the CTSG Research Coordinator,Syma Ebbin. A brief (1-2 page) description of the proposed project or need is also required, including the names and qualifications of people involved and a budget showing the amount needed.

Go to this page for development proposal guidelines.