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Rhode Island Sea Grant funds research that leads to an improved understanding of the natural world and that supports improved decision-making for better management of coastal and marine resources.

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Rhode Island Sea Grant Issues 2018-2020 Research RFP 

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is for research projects (individual or multi-institutional) up to 2 years in length to be funded under Rhode Island Sea Grant’s 2018–2022 Omnibus Proposal. Project funding will begin 01 February 2018 and end 31 January 2020. We anticipate supporting approximately six projects of up to $100,000 per year contingent upon receipt of federal funding. Modification in the number of and/or funding for individual proposals may be made based on final program budget allocations. Each proposal for this highly competitive research program receives extensive peer review, with final reviews conducted by ad hoc external, expert peer, and relevancy review panels.

The preproposal submission deadline is 4:00 p.m, Friday, February 17, 2017. The full proposal submission deadline is 4:00 PM Thursday, June 01, 2017. A full schedule for this research competition is provided as the last page of this RFP document.


Rhode Island Sea Grant Issues RFP on Harmful Algal Blooms

Submission Deadline: 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The fall of 2016 brought the first incidence of a harmful algal bloom (HAB) to Narragansett Bay since the mid-1980s. This call for research is in support of Rhode Island Sea Grant Program Development objectives to explore and better understand issues related to harmful algal blooms in Rhode Island waters as part of its 2014-2018 Omnibus program. Rhode Island Sea Grant is interested in funding one (1) project of up to 15-months duration that improves our understanding of:

The potential for Rhode Island Sound to signal an “early warning” of the threat of harmful algal blooms entering Narragansett Bay waters, including but not limited to:

  • Phytoplankton biotoxin production and rates of transfer to shellfish.
  • Occurrence, abundance, and distribution of Pseudo-nitzschia and Alexandrium taxa.
  • Use of blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) as an early warning biotoxin indicator species.

Research outcomes must serve the needs of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to better manage shellfish resources to protect public health as well as the economic and social integrity of wild and aquaculture shellfish industries.

Successful proposals will integrate closely with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management as a project partner and primary recipient and user of research project findings. See full RFP for details.

Program Development

  • 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 Funding Guidelines 


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