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). Proposals should address urgent needs and/or support exploratory research that will form the basis for the submission of a larger proposal. For information and competition priorities, see the most recent Fast-Track request for proposal (RFP).

Fall 2022 Request for Proposals:

Request for Proposal: Full document.

Deadline: MNSG's fall 2022 Fast-Track RFP priority proposal application deadline is October 21, 2022.

Application: Proposal applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis and should be submitted via eSeaGrant.


  • 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.
  • September 26, 2022: 11:00 a.m. CST. Fast-track grant webinar. Registration required.
  • October 21, 2022: 5:00 p.m. CST. Priority proposal application deadline for fall 2022 review.
  • November 30, 2022: Target date for announcement of selected projects for the fall 2022 competition.
  • December 15, 2022: Target date for submission of data management plans and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) statements for selected projects for the fall 2022 competition.
  • February 1, 2023: Target start date for selected projects for the fall 2022 competition.
  • January 31, 2024: Target completion date for selected projects for the fall 2022 competition.


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

Updated 9/9/22.