Grant and RFP Listings

Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia: Request for Proposals

CA Ocean Protection Council Prop 68 and California Sea Grant Competitive Call for Monitoring, Research, and Synthesis Projects that Support Improved Understanding of Chemical and Ecological Sensitivity and Adaptation to Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia


Letters of Intent: August 30, 2021 - 5 p.m. PT
Full Proposals*: October 7, 2021 - 5 p.m.  PT
*Only applicants who have submitted a letter of intent may submit a full proposal.

Grant Application Deadline: 
August 30, 2021

Building a Regional Community of Practice Against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros announces a full and open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a cooperative agreement with the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy (PD) section to support the Embassy’s focus on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF) by increasing public and stakeholder pressure on policy makers to reform policy to better combat IUUF. By working in close collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, the grant implementer will be able to leverage existing U.S. Department of State resources such as IVLP On Demand and U.S.

Grant Application Deadline: 
August 9, 2021

John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program (Prescott Grant Program)

NOAA NMFS' Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP) is directed under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to facilitate collecting and disseminating reference data on stranded marine mammals and health trends of marine mammal populations in the wild. The John H.

Grant Application Deadline: 
October 13, 2021

Using Outcomes from Marine Protected Area Implementation to Infer Potential Socioeconomic Consequences of Offshore Energy Development to Commercial Fisheries

Most commercial fishery sectors will be excluded from outer continental shelf (OCS) leases when development of floating wind or marine hydrokinetic energy occurs. The potential socioeconomic consequences of these closures represent a challenge to understand, predict and mitigate them due to a variety of factors, including the confidentiality of fishing data and the challenge of determining what an appropriate control might be in an experimental design.

Grant Application Deadline: 
August 17, 2021

Ocean Innovation Prize

The Blue Climate Initiative (BCI) is welcoming applications from innovators and entrepreneurs for the global US$1 Million Ocean Innovation Prize. The Prize is designed to inspire, fund and support innovations that mitigate climate change through ocean-related strategies. The deadline for applications is September 15, 2021.

Grant Application Deadline: 
September 15, 2021

Antarctic Research

  • Improves understanding of interactions among the Antarctic region and global systems;
  • Expands fundamental knowledge of Antarctic systems, biota, and processes; and
  • Utilizes the unique characteristics of the Antarctic region as a science observing platform.
Grant Application Deadline: 
December 31, 2022

Center for Advancement and Synthesis of Open Environmental Data and Sciences National Science Foundation

NSF seeks to establish a Center fueled by open and freely available biological and other environmental data to catalyze novel scientific questions in environmental biology through the use of data-intensive approaches, team science and research networks, and training in the accession, management, analysis, visualization, and synthesis of large data sets. The Center will provide vision for speeding discovery through the increased use of large, publicly accessible datasets to address biological research questions through collaborations with scientists in other related disciplines.

Grant Application Deadline: 
September 15, 2021

Biological Oceanography

The Biological Oceanography Program supports fundamental research in biological oceanography and marine ecology (populations to the ecosystems) broadly defined: relationships among aquatic organisms and their interactions with the environments of the oceans or Great Lakes. Projects submitted to the program are often interdisciplinary efforts that may include participation by other OCE or BIO Programs.

Grant Application Deadline: 
December 31, 2021

Oceanographic Facilities and Equipment Support

Oceanographic facilities and equipment are supported by the Integrative Programs Section (IPS) of the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO). These awards are made for the procurement, conversion and/or up-grade, enhancement or annual operation of platforms in the ocean, coastal, near-shore and Great Lakes. Awards are generally directed specifically to support facilities that lend themselves to shared use within the broad range of federally-supported research and education programs.

Grant Application Deadline: 
December 15, 2021

Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), also known as NOAA Ocean Exploration, is soliciting proposals to conduct or support ocean exploration resulting in outcomes that provide or enable initial assessments about unknown or poorly understood regions of U.S. waters. This funding opportunity will focus on the outcomes of the Workshop to Identify National Ocean Exploration Priorities in the Pacific hosted by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) in 2020 in partnership with OER.

Grant Application Deadline: 
October 8, 2021

Ocean Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination

The Oceanographic Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination (OTIC) Program supports a broad range of research and technology development activities. Unsolicited proposals are accepted for instrumentation development that has broad applicability to ocean science research projects and that enhance observational, experimental or analytical capabilities of the ocean science research community.

Grant Application Deadline: 
February 15, 2022

ESRC Big Ideas Pipeline

We have introduced a Big Ideas Pipeline to collect ambitious and transformational ideas from the social science community and beyond. Big ideas are those that aim to address a major challenge, infrastructural or capacity building need at scale. They are hard to achieve, require significant support to deliver and, if successful, will have significant impacts. Big ideas encourage interdisciplinary approaches (across but also beyond the social sciences) and international partnerships, and are expected to attract significant public, government, industry and/or third sector interest.

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

Global Fund for Coral Reefs

Over the last 30 years, the world has lost half of its coral reefs: battered by over-fishing, pollution, and unsustainable coastal development, coral reefs are now at the frontline of climate change. These reefs, which only cover 0.2% of ocean surface, host 30% of marine biodiversity.

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.

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

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.