Fast-Track Grants


Minnesota Sea Grant offers small fast-track and/or program development grants of up to $10,000 (cost-share or match not required). These awards area designed to:

  • Urgent and/or unforeseen needs
  • Support exploratory research that will form the basis for submission of a larger proposal

Proposals should be:

  1. Relevant to the University of Minnesota Sea Grant mission and/or focus areas.
  2. Useful to our clients immediately or in the near future.
  3. Of importance to the communities and clients served by our program


Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis and should be submitted via eSeaGrant. Required application materials are:

  • Curriculum vitae of lead PI
  • 1-2 page proposal.
  • Draft budget

Proposals should:

  • Include enough detail to allow scientific peer review
  • Clearly state the relevance to MN Sea Grant's Mission and/or focus areas (described here)
  • Address urgent and/or unforeseen needs or support exploratory research that will form the basis for the submission of a larger proposal.


We do not strictly enforce proposal format or organization for fast-track proposals. In some form, your proposal should include context, methodology, and anticipated results and impacts.

If you are unsure if your project falls within the University of Minnesota Sea Grant’s scope or if you have any questions about the process, contact University of Minnesota Sea Grant, Research and Fellowship Coordinator Alex Frie


Below is a non-comprehensive list of topics that may be eligible for Fast-Track funding.

  • Sampling in response to an environmental event or to help understand a novel risk.
  • Impacts of algal blooms on Great Lakes development
  • Economic benefits or costs of activities in the Lake Superior coastal zone   
  • Creative ecosystem management solutions, especially those that address conflicts between stakeholders
  • Synthesis of existing ecosystem or management data
  • Assessments of Lake Superior’s coastal zone residents' attitudes towards weather/climate-related damage and preparation
  • Strategies of increasing equitable access to Great Lakes resources
  • Social determinants of responses to risks in coastal communities
  • Technology that protects coastal communities, environments, or economies
  • Identification of sources, effects, or fate of chemicals of concern to coastal communities
  • Strategies and technologies supporting sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
  • Strategies and technologies supporting invasive species management