Research Funding

Research funding puts the "grant" in Rhode Island Sea Grant.

Every two years Rhode Island Sea Grant sends out a request for proposals (RFP). Rhode Island Sea Grant considers proposals that coincide with its strategic plan goals; that contain a degree of, or potential for, interdisciplinary collaboration; that have scientific merit and feasibility; and that have an applicable outreach component.

All proposals are subject to peer review and examination by a technical panel. After considering the panel's advice, Rhode Island Sea Grant program management decides on the package of proposals to be included in the core program, and sends it to the National Sea Grant Office for final approval.

Other Opportunities

Program Development funds
Rhode Island Sea Grant funds promising marine/coastal projects that need to first gain proof-of-concept status. Such projects are often the brainchild of an academic entrepreneur who needs start-up funds to test an idea before seeking more robust funding. Rhode Island Sea Grant looks for promising science investments that may fuel significant benefits from a small infusion of funds.

For more information, please download these guidelines.

Visual Arts Sea Grant
The Visual Arts Sea Grant program was established to encourage New England professional visual artists to address the issue of the environment of the ocean and its coastal communities. Grants of up to $3,000 annually are intended to assist individual and/or collaborating artists whose works are related to themes of the marine environment. The program is run by the URI department of art and art history. For application information, deadlines, and requirements, visit the department's website at


The National Sea Grant College Program offers the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship to highly qualified graduate students in marine-related fields who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. Rhode Island Sea Grant sponsors undergraduate Coastal Fellows through the Coastal Fellows Program of URI's College of Environment and Life Sciences. For more information on fellowships, visit our Students page.