Minnesota Sea Grant's Biennial Request for Proposals (RFP)

Every two years we award approximately $2 million in research grants through a rigorous, competitive, peer-reviewed process. Our current request for proposals is for research to be conducted during the years 2022-2024. Researchers based in Minnesota, who are not federal employees, are invited to apply. Grant awards average about $45,000 per year for two years, plus a graduate research associate whose cost does not count against the project budget.


Minnesota Sea Grant's biennial request for proposals for research to be conducted between 2022 and 2024 has closed. We typically fund projects for two years that average $45,000 in direct costs per year and include a graduate student research assistant whose cost does not count against the project budget. In this competition, we seek to address resource management issues using multidisciplinary, integrated solutions based on science, and that address economic, societal and political concerns. We are particularly interested in funding proposals that involve graduate students; that engage stakeholders throughout the entire project period; and that have a strong outreach component that includes Minnesota Sea Grant extension and communication staff. Projects should be based in Minnesota and focus on Lake Superior, its coast, tributaries, and watershed, and/or Minnesota’s inland waters. In addition, projects must be applied in nature and seek to address pressing issues important to Minnesotans.

Highlights of previously funded projects are on our Research Projects webpages.

Request for Proposals instructional document for research conducted from 2022-2024 (RFP issued December 2, 2020).


  • Preproposals are due by 4 p.m. CST, January 22, 2021. Preproposals will be evaluated and recommendations communicated to lead investigators by mid-February, 2021.
  • Full proposals are due by 4 p.m. CST, April 2, 2021.


Grant award amounts average $45,000 per year for two years, plus a graduate research associate whose cost does not count against the primary grant funding. While small subcontracts outside Minnesota are allowed, the majority of funds should go to entities within Minnesota. Minnesota Sea Grant typically awards three to five grants. Non-federal match equivalent to 30% of requested direct funds is required. Indirect charges (F&A) are not required for researchers within the University of Minnesota system.


Researchers based in Minnesota who are not federal employees are invited to apply. We encourage collaborations that include scientists from colleges and universities; state, federal, tribal, and private agencies; and industry and non-governmental organizations. Sea Grant employees may be part of the project team but their salaries cannot be included in the budget.

How to apply

Proposal submission will be through Minnesota’s eSeaGrant system, a Web-based tool for submitting, reviewing, updating and tracking proposals and projects. To register for the eSeaGrant system, the lead principal investigator must email a request to Alexander Frie MNSG research and fellowship coordinator; access to the system may take 7 days. If you cannot submit using the eSeaGrant system, please contact Alexander Frie for accommodation.

General proposal process timeline

  • These grants are awarded every other year; the proposal application and review process takes approximately a year.
  • Requests for proposals released: late fall of even-numbered years.
  • Preproposals due: January of odd-numbered years. Preproposal feedback provided in mid to late February.
  • Full proposals due: Early spring (typically the end of March or early April)
  • Proposal review: Late spring and summer; proposals are reviewed by topic experts, then go before a scientific review panel, then are evaluated for relevance and need by our advisory board.
  • Award status notifications: September
  • Awards begin: February 1 of even-numbered years.