Fast-Track Grants

Aerial view of Minnesota's Twin Ports, St. Louis River Estuary, and Lake Superior.

City of Duluth skyline and Lake Superior. Image credit: University of Minnesota Duluth.

Minnesota Sea Grant (MNSG) offers fast-track and/or program development grants of up to $10,000 (cost-share or match not required) in direct costs for projects of up to six months in duration. Proposals should address urgent needs and/or support exploratory research that will form the basis for the submission of a larger proposal. Proposals must support goals and outcomes outlined within the MNSG 2018-2023 Strategic Plan

Projects must be completed before January 31, 2024.

Spring 2023 Request for Proposals:

  • RFP: Minnesota Sea Grant Spring 2023 Fast-Track Request for Proposals.
  • Deadline for priority proposal review: March 1, 2023.
  • Application: Proposal applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis and should be submitted via eSeaGrant.
  • Timeline: 
    • Rolling review: MNSG's fast-track grant priority proposal application deadlines are intended to streamline the proposal review process. However, MNSG accepts proposals at any time. If you miss a priority proposal deadline, we encourage you to submit your proposal as soon as possible.
    • March 1, 2023, 5:00 p.m. CT: Priority proposal application deadline for spring 2023 review.
    • April 15, 2023: Target date for announcement of selected projects for the spring 2023 competition.
    • April 22, 2023: Target date for submission of data management plans and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) statements for selected projects for the spring 2023 competition.
    • May 1, 2023: Target start date for selected projects for the spring 2023 competition.
    • November 1, 2023: Target completion date for selected projects for the spring 2023 competition.


Alex Frie, research and fellowship coordinator, Minnesota Sea Grant, University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Duluth.

Updated 1/31/23.