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. *Note that Purdue Mailman services are secure despite some warnings that may pop up.

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 awarded by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is competitively awarded following procedures outlined in each funding opportunity.

Applicants to Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant should review the following templates and guidance


One-year research projects: OPEN

Competitions happen as funding is available. Funding for one-year projects is typically $10,000-$25,000 for not more than one year. 

IISG scholars programs are professional networking and development opportunities for graduate students and faculty from institutes of higher learning in Illinois and Indiana who wish to develop extension, education, or communication capacities related to their scholarly interests. 

The 2023 IISG Scholars competition is now open for Graduate Students and Faculty. Awards are issued for one year and activities should be completed during that year. IISG expects to support 4–5 Graduate Student Scholars and 6 Faculty Scholars in 2023. For 2023, at least three of the funded Faculty Scholar projects are expected to focus on research that supports resiliency along shorelines and in coastal communities. The full Request for Applications can be found at THIS LINK

Further information can be found here: 

Application deadline: January 20, 2023
Start date: March 1, 2023



Two-year research projects: OPEN

Competitions typically occur every two years. Funding is typically $40,000-$120,000 per year for two years. 

The 2024-25 Two-year Research Project competition is now open. Applicants should submit a preproposal by 11:59 pm Central Time February 6, 2023 to be eligible to submit a full proposal. The full RFP can be found at

Additional information can be found in the IISG Newsroom

National competitions: VARIABLE

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, aquaculture, migratory fishes, and American lobster. Topics for future competitions will vary.

Further information, plus other national competitions, are listed here:

Fellowships & Scholarships

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

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