IISG Large Research Grants


Research proposal applications to Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant should be submitted in response to a request for proposals (RFP). If a preproposal is required, it should follow the format outlined in the RFP. The components below should be included when preparing your final, full proposal application. Templates for those marked with * can be downloaded from https://seagrant.noaa.gov/insideseagrant/Forms-and-Templates.

  1. 90-2 project summary form (Long)*
  2. Plan of work and related information, including investigaor CVs | Guidelines for plan of work and related information
  3. Data management plan (where applicable, as part of plan of work) - see description below
  4. Abbreviated Environmental Compliance Questionnaire*
  5. 90-4 budget form and narrative* | Guidelines for 90-4 and budget narrative
  6. Copy of fringe benefits and indirect costs
  7. Approval letter from PI's institution
  8. Purdue University Letter of Intent and Entity Profile forms - including these will speed up processing of awards for successful applicants.

Prospective PIs should review the Guidelines for Project Reporting to become acquainted with our requirements. You may also read the information on the proposal selection process and investigate our informational webinar (below).

Data Management

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration requires that all environmental data (defined below) from funded projects be verified and made accessible, free of charge or at no more than the cost of reproduction, within two years of completion of the project. In order to be considered for Sea Grant funds, researchers should outline how their data will be shared and maintained. Possibilities for data sharing include publication, sharing via publicly available data portals, or maintenance of data at your institution, but other options are also available. Accepted submission of data to the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) is one way to satisfy data sharing requirements; however, NCEI is not obligated to accept all submissions and may charge a fee, particularly for large or unusual datasets. A typical plan should not exceed two (2) pages in length, and should include descriptions of the types of environmental data and information expected to be created during the course of the project; the tentative date by which data will be shared; the standards to be used for data/metadata format and content; methods for providing data access; approximate total volume of data to be collected; and prior experience in making such data accessible. The contents of the Data Management Plan (or absence thereof), and past performance regarding such plans, will be considered as part of proposal review.

Definition of Environmental Data

Environmental Data are defined by NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 212-15: Management of Environmental Data and Information as recorded and derived observations and measurements of the physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical properties and conditions of the oceans, atmosphere, space environment, sun, and solid earth, as well as correlative data such as socio-economic data, related documentation, and metadata. Digital audio or video recordings of environmental phenomena (such as animal sounds or undersea video) are included in this definition. Numerical model outputs are included in this definition, particularly if they are used to support the conclusion of a peer-reviewed publication. Data collected in a laboratory or other controlled environment, such as measurements of animals and chemical processes, are included in this definition.

This Directive does not apply to "laboratory notebooks, preliminary analyses, drafts of scientific papers, plans for future research, peer review reports, communications with colleagues, physical objects, such as laboratory specimens"

Past competition: Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant RFPs Informational Webinar for FY2018-FY2019
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Table of Contents
1:46 Background and review of IISG RFP process
7:42 Overview of RFPs currently open
8:33 Background of Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant RFP
12:10 Preproposal preparation for Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant RFP
16:20 Background of Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Wisconsin Sea Grant Joint RFP
21:05 Preproposal preparation for Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Wisconsin Sea Grant Joint RFP
24:00 Wrap-up and questions
27:25 Important contact information


Carolyn Foley
Research Coordinator

Angela Archer
Fellowship Program Leader

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