Funding Opportunities

IISG provides funding to researchers in Illinois and Indiana who are working on issues of importance to the southern Lake Michigan region. If you would like to receive emails related to funding competitions, including when they are open, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Work can typically be completed outside of the immediate Lake Michigan vicinity, provided strong connections are made between potential impacts of the proposed work and the southern Lake Michigan region or surrounding communities.

Funding is competitively awarded following these procedures.

Applicants should review the following templates and guidance


Small research projects: CLOSED

Competitions happen as funding is available. Funding for development projects is typically $10,000-$25,000 for not more than one year. The next opportunity is expected in Fall 2019.


Competitions typically occur every two years. Funding is typically $40,000-$120,000 per year for two years. There are currently two opportunities open:

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant General RFP
Preproposals were due by 5 p.m. CST (6 p.m. EST) February 4, 2019.
Full proposals are due by 5 p.m. CST (6 p.m. EST) May 15, 2019. In order to submit a full proposal, you must have submitted a preproposal.

Lake Michigan Sea Grant Program Joint Coastal Dynamics RFP
Preproposals were due by 3 p.m. CST (4 p.m. EST) January 11, 2019.
Full proposals are due by 3 p.m. CST (4 p.m. EST) April 26, 2019. In order to submit a full proposal, you must have submitted a preproposal. View the submission instructions and documents.

National competitions: OPEN

The National Sea Grant Office periodically requests proposals for research and outreach projects in topics of regional and national importance. Past competitions have focused on aquatic invasive species and aquaculture. Topics for future competitions will vary.

February 26, 2019: The National Sea Grant Office has announced 3 separate funding opportunities for aquaculture projects as part of the Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative. If Illinois or Indiana-based partners are interested in discussing state or regional ideas or opportunities, contact Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Assistant Director Stuart Carlton. Opportunities 2 and 3 below require a Sea Grant program to serve as lead applicant.

  1. Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research Needs in Aquaculture – 2019, NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005953

The National Sea Grant Office anticipates around $3,000,000 will be available to support research to address critical gaps in social, behavioral, and economic knowledge as it relates to U.S. aquaculture and the communities impacted and served by it. The initiative is informed by the National Strategic Plan for Federal Aquaculture Research; the Sea Grant 10-Year NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Vision; and previous research from federal, state, and university scientists.

  1. Exploring New Aquaculture Opportunities – 2019, NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005960

Sea Grant anticipates $1,500,000 will be available to support Sea Grant-led aquaculture projects to catalyze work in a range of topics or geographies. This competition will fund diverse, and at times, high-risk, developmental projects that will envision, explore and advance aquaculture opportunities where a minimal foundation currently exists.

  1. Advanced Aquaculture Collaborative Programs – 2019, NOAA-OAR-SG-2019-2005963

Sea Grant anticipates at least $9,000,000 will be available to support the establishment of collaborative programs to build the capacity of Sea Grant and its partners to advance aquaculture in areas where a foundation of knowledge and activity currently exists but where significant barriers to sustainable domestic marine and Great Lakes aquaculture remain. These collaborative programs will serve as geographic or topic-based hubs for fully integrated, transdisciplinary research, outreach, and education that will provide broad, non-proprietary support and investment for building and/or enhancing an aquaculture industry.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Find additional opportunities for faculty and graduate students on our Fellowships & Scholarships page.