Research Funding Opportunities

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

Aerial view of the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin, including the St. Louis River Estuary (foreground) and the western arm of Lake Superior. Image credit: University of Minnesota Duluth.

What. Minnesota Sea Grant funds research to address challenges facing Minnesota’s aquatic resources and coastal communities. Minnesota-based researchers are invited to apply and use their innovation and skills for the benefit of Minnesota and the Great Lakes region.

When. Our major funding effort occurs every two years through our Request for Proposals (RFP). We release our RFP in the fall of even years and accept proposals in the spring of odd years.

Can't wait? Have an idea but don’t want to wait? Check out our Fast-Track Grants.

Get updates. We also have additional opportunities beyond our core RFP and Fast-Track competitions. To stay up to date by subscribing to our research updates.

Questions about funding opportunities should be directed to Minnesota Sea Grant Research and Fellowship Coordinator Alex Frie

Open Opportunities

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). Image credit: University of Minnesota Duluth.

Minnesota Sea Grant (MNSG) 2024-2026 Biennial RFP. We are seeking proposals for projects based in Minnesota and that support one or more goals, actions, or outcomes in the MNSG 2024-2027 Strategic Plan. Image credit: M. Thoms/MNSG

Closed Opportunities

Marine Debris Challenge Competition: Up to $3 million per project is available to support innovative research to application projects that will address the prevention and removal of marine debris  ($16 million total). Contact Alex Frie before 5 p.m. CST July 24, 2022, to discuss joint submissions.

Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions: Up to $300,000 per project will be available to support the creation of coalitions and partnerships to address marine debris prevention and removal ($3 million total). Contact Alex Frie before 5 p.m. CST August 2, 2022, to discuss joint submissions.

Funding opportunity for proposals that integrate research, its application, and community engagement in thematic areas of long-term coastal evolution, extreme storms, and human and ecosystem health.

This RFP has closed. Minnesota Sea Grant has a special joint Request for Proposals (RFP) with the Ohio and Wisconsin Sea Grant program for research on harmful and nuisance algal blooms to be conducted from 2022-2024. Image credit: GLERL