Florida Sea Grant is now accepting statements of interest for two-year coastal and ocean applied research grants in the following areas:
- Healthy Coastal Environments
- Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture
- Resilient Communities and Economies
- Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development
The statewide competition is open to any principal investigator at any of the universities or colleges in Florida who has documented expertise in the specific area of proposed research, and has worked with a specific industry or agency partner that makes use of a research product to address some coastal or ocean issue. Investigators may participate on up to two statements of interest, but only on one submission as principal investigator, and on one as either co-PI or associate investigator.
In addition, each research proposal must include full or partial funding of at least one student who is being mentored by the principal investigator. That student must be actively contributing to the project as part of a thesis, dissertation, or undergraduate research effort.
The maximum Florida Sea Grant award is $200,000 for two years, with no more than $100,000 in each individual budget year. A 50 percent match is required for each funded project. Florida Sea Grant intends to fund approximately 10 research projects, depending on available funds.
The deadline to submit statements of interest is February 13, 2017 at 3 p.m. EST and results will be shared by April 17, 2017. For complete details about the call for proposals and instructions for online submission of the statement of interest, visit the Biennial Call for Proposals page.
The statement of interest is a project pre-proposal that identifies a topic relevant to coastal and ocean needs in Florida and the nation. It describes the scope of the need, problem or opportunity, and how the results achieved under a grant would contribute to development, conservation, or use of ocean and coastal resources and economies.
Statements of interest also allow for review of concepts, rationale, general approach, end-user participation and expected outcomes and impacts before faculty must commit extensive effort to writing a narrative of detailed methods and other aspects of a full proposal.
For examples of projects Florida Sea Grant is currently funding, visit the Funded Projects page.