Grant and RFP Listings

Critical Aspects of Sustainability

Economic development and human progress have led to a proliferation of manufactured chemicals and materials made from limited resources found in nature(i.e., minerals and metals,petroleum-based productsand natural gas). Long-term sustainability requires consideration of the availability of specific natural resources, energy, and water usage. NSF continues to support efforts that seek to improve the efficiency with which natural resources are used to meet human needs for products and services.

Building Capacity for Environmentally Sound Management of Plastic Waste in West Africa to Reduce Ocean Pollution

This project intends to support municipalities in West Africa to improve environmentally sound management of plastic waste and encourage innovation along the plastic supply chain to reduce plastic waste leakage in to the environment and ocean pollution.

Grant Application Deadline: 
July 31, 2020

Pollution Prevention & Mitigation BAA

This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeks opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in the research, development, piloting, and scaling of innovative interventions for effectively mitigating air, water, and soil pollution, including ocean plastic pollution, electronic and other forms of solid waste in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Grant Application Deadline: 
February 5, 2022

Great Lakes Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET)

The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is seeking proposals under the Great Lakes Bay B-WET program ( The Great Lakes B-WET program is a competitive grant program that supports existing, high quality environmental education programs, fosters the growth of new, innovative programs, and encourages capacity building and partnership development for environmental and place-based education programs throughout the entire Great Lakes watershed.

Grant Application Deadline: 
August 21, 2020

BlueSwell Incubator Program

SeaAhead, Inc. and the New England Aquarium have announced the launch of the BlueSwell Incubator Program (BlueSwell), New England's first dedicated, comprehensive early-stage bluetech incubator. BlueSwell is designed to support the creation and growth of startups with solutions that have the potential for significant impact on ocean sustainability and global resilience.

Grant Application Deadline: 
August 9, 2020

New Hampshire Coastal Resilience Grants

PORTSMOUTH, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Coastal Program announces targeted funds available for projects that improve resilience to coastal hazards in New Hampshire (NH) communities. Each year, coastal NH communities experience damages to property, infrastructure, natural and cultural resources, and associated economic and social disruptions from coastal storms, flooding, and erosion.

Grant Application Deadline: 
July 31, 2020

RFP for Eelgrass Restoration Synthesis

The Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (PMEP) and Friends of South Slough Reserve request proposals to develop a synthesis of eelgrass restoration techniques along the U.S. West Coast to inform the restoration community, promote successful restoration of eelgrass, and provide greater clarity regarding the conditions where mitigation would (and conversely would not) be an appropriate intervention as opposed to other management strategies.

Grant Application Deadline: 
July 31, 2020

National Federal Partnership Liaisons Competition

In an effort to increase collaboration and effective use of federally-funded ocean, coastal and Great Lakes research, the NSGO is looking for proposals to develop National Federal Partnership Liaison positions in coordination with other federal agencies or programs whose project goals align with and support national Sea Grant focus area or vision plan goals. We expect to fund 2-3 liaisons at up to $100K of Sea Grant federal dollars annually for four years. State match of 50% of NSGO funds and ‘substantial’ federal partner funding required. 

Grant Application Deadline: 
September 17, 2020

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research FY 2021 Federal Funding Opportunity

In light of the challenging times facing the nation, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research has decided to extend the FY21 Federal Funding Opportunity pre-proposal deadline to 11:59 pm EDT on July 8, 2020 to allow the broadest participation in the funding opportunity. While the fall deadline for full submissions remains 11:59 pm EDT on October 22, 2020 for now, we will re-evaluate the appropriateness of this deadline later.

Quick links pertinent to the FY 2021 opportunity include:

Grant Application Deadline: 
October 22, 2020

National Estuary Program Coastal Watersheds Grant Program Request for Proposals

The National Estuary Program (NEP) Coastal Watersheds Grant (CWG) Program is a newly created, nationally competitive grants program designed to support projects that address urgent and challenging issues threatening the well-being of coastal and estuarine areas within determined estuaries of national significance. Restore America’s Estuaries will be administering the NEP CWG Program in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

Grant Application Deadline: 
August 7, 2020

NERC-NSF joint funding

NERC and the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) have agreed to work together to make it easier for world-leading environmental scientists to collaborate on discovery science projects and to tackle global environmental challenges.

The Waitt Foundation ROC Grants

The Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grants Program is a project of the Waitt Foundation. ROC Grants provide small grants with a quick turnaround time for solutions to emerging conservation issues. This complements the Waitt Foundation’s existing major grants program and is responsive to conservation opportunities, supports higher-risk ideas at a low financial cost, and engages with small, local NGOs on a global scale.

IDEA WILD Small Equipment Grants for Protected Areas Management

IDEA WILD seeks to minimize the loss of biodiversity by empowering people on the front lines of conservation by awarding small equipment grants to conservation professionals around the world. These equipment grants advance biological research, conservation education, community outreach, conservation management, field training, and professional development in areas where it is needed most. By empowering both aspiring and veteran conservation professionals, IDEA WILD has been instrumental in establishing new protected areas, reversing the decline of species through innovative management plans, restoring damaged and critical habitat, and improving how local communities support and sustain their immediate natural resources. Each year, IDEA WILD distributes over $300,000 worth of equipment – including digital cameras, spotting scopes, mist nets, tents, binoculars, and GPS units – to over 400 conservation projects worldwide.

IDEA WILD focuses its support on professionals working in developing countries where other sources of support are limited or nonexistent, and where a $750 equipment grant is often equivalent to several months’ salary. IDEA WILD accepts proposals from ALL countries.