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 2020.


Large research projects: CLOSED

Competitions typically occur every two years. Funding is typically $40,000-$120,000 per year for two years. The next opportunity is expected in Fall 2020.


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.

Addressing Economic and Market Needs of the U.S. Aquaculture Industry

Subject to the availability of funding, Sea Grant anticipates approximately $5,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will significantly advance the understanding of the economics of aquaculture businesses in the U.S. and address gaps regarding important market information. The overall goal is to advance business management towards development of a sustainable marine and Great Lakes aquaculture industry in the U.S. Successful proposals will address geographic and/or topical needs and will fully integrate research, extension, and education. Proposals that will support broad, non-proprietary research to address critical gaps with respect to aquaculture economics and market needs; make that information available to U.S. aquaculture businesses and management agencies; and build the capacity of Sea Grant and its partners, including Sea Grant aquaculture extension personnel and industry stakeholders, are preferred.

The full Grant Notice can be found here:

All proposals to this competition must be submitted by a Sea Grant program. Projects should plan to start September 1, 2020, and can run for up to three years. Interested Illinois- or Indiana-based investigators, or investigators whose work would be applicable in either of these states, should contact Carolyn Foley ( or Stuart Carlton ( with ideas.

Notice to Submit: due by 5:00 pm (local time of lead Sea Grant Program) on February 26, 2020.

Full Proposal Application: due by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on April 22, 2020. 

American Lobster Research Program

This program will support research to address critical gaps in knowledge about how the American lobster and its fishery is being impacted by environmental change. Research topics suitable for study on American lobster under this Notice of Funding Opportunity should have a geographic focus on the Gulf of Maine, Georges Banks, and/or southern New England and address one or more of the following: (1) Increased understanding of life history parameters, including but not limited to, growth, maturity, and species interactions; (2) Larval ecology and early biology; (3) Spatial distribution and migration, including but not limited to, habitat and trophic interactions; and/or (4) socio-ecological investigations to inform future management decisions, including but not limited to, research exploring bait alternatives to herring and their implications for the lobster fishery.

Sea Grant anticipates awarding 5-10 projects totaling between $1 million and $2 million dollars in FY2020. Projects must have a maximum duration of two years. Any individual; any public or private corporation, partnership, or other association or entity (including any Sea Grant College, Sea Grant Institute or other institution); or any State, political subdivision of a State, Tribal government or agency or officer thereof can participate in this funding opportunity. 

The full Grant Notice can be found here:

Full Proposal Application: due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, March 19, 2020.

Fellowships & Scholarships

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