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Biennial Research Call for 2022-2023

Grants to New York Researchers for Environmental Studies

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New York Sea Grant (NYSG)

Deadline Date:

02/25/21 4:30 PM Eastern


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Grants to New York faculty members affiliated with institutions of higher education and other entities for environmental research studies. Funding is intended to support scientific research projects that lead to information that will promote the sustainable use, development, protection, conservation, and management of the State's coastal resources. NYSG supports research on marine, Hudson River estuary, and Great Lakes (and Great Rivers—Niagara and St. Lawrence) topics and issues.

Projects can consist of developmental work on new methods, models, tools, techniques, state-of-knowledge synthesis efforts, and hypothesis-driven experimental work. The proposed research must show an understanding of what constitutes necessary and sufficient information for responsible decision-making or for applied use and will be expected to generate actionable results. A successful Sea Grant project would provide information or tools that will assist resource managers, communities, and other stakeholders to make decisions or plans regarding coastal resources and environments. 

Pre-proposals are invited specifically addressing portions of NYSG’s Strategic Plan for 2018-2023. However, the results of these projects should also be relevant to regional or national needs and be consistent with the program priorities for the National Sea Grant College Program as contained in the National Network 2018-2023 Strategic Plan.

Research in many disciplines, including biology, chemistry, geology, physical oceanography, engineering, social science, and others, will be appropriate. Additionally, a project must have sufficient intellectual content and scientific rigor to make it appropriate for university research. The need, significance, products, applicability, target audience (beyond other academics), and expected impact of the research must be clearly anticipated and described. These will be key factors in the review process.

For information about goals and eligible focus areas, see:

For information about proposal evaluation criteria, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194072

Number of Grants:

6-7 projects

Estimated Size of Grant:

$120,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Two years, beginning February 1, 2022. One year of support is awarded at a time.

Within two months of an executed contract under this Call, the PI and NYSG staff must develop a project extension and outreach plan to be implemented throughout the duration of the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Faculty at New York academic institutions are the main targets and recipients of NYSG’s research funds. Nevertheless, proposals from other groups may be accepted and approved for funding. Eligible groups are listed below in order of preference for funding under this Call:
1. Researchers at universities and colleges.
2. Researchers at other not-for-profit research institutions.
3. Researchers who are personnel of state or local agencies, or of not-forprofit organizations.
4. Researchers at for-profit institutions or companies (with limits).

All proposals submitted under this Research Call for 2022-2023 must be led by an eligible researcher with his or her primary professional base in New York State. Federal employees may participate in projects as collaborators, but they may not be included in the budget.

NYSG encourages multi-disciplinary and multi-investigator research. Research in and among all disciplines is encouraged-such as in the physical, natural, and/or social sciences. NYSG is also interested in helping to foster new research talent and encourages submissions from early-career investigators and others who have not previously received NYSG funding.

Efforts inappropriate for Sea Grant funding include those directed solely toward monitoring or surveys. Expansion of understanding solely for its own sake without regard to application or aiding decision making is also considered inappropriate for Sea Grant.

Federal employees and institutions are not eligible for compensation or budget items of any sort, and their contributions to the proposed research cannot be used as a source of cost-share. Graduate students cannot be included as PIs.

Pre-Application Information:

The pre-proposal submission period closes at 4:30 PM Eastern on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact NYSG Extension staff with their ideas to improve their understanding of what information and products may be most useful to coastal stakeholders. Contact with the Extension staff before, during, and after the project by the researchers is expected.

Only authors of the most highly-rated pre-proposals will be encouraged to submit full proposals. Any PI who submits a preproposal is permitted to submit a full proposal. However, though non-encouraged proposal submissions are accepted they historically have had a low chance of success.

The deadline for full proposals is June 14, 2021, at 4:30 PM.

For a detailed timeline, see:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Direct questions to:
Rebecca L. Shuford, Ph.D., Director

Lane Smith, Research Program Coordinator

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Geographic Focus:

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