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 these procedures.

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

OPPORTUNITIES

One-year research projects: CLOSED

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. 

Two-year research projects: CLOSED

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

The most recent RFP can be found at https://iiseagrant.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/IISG-RFP-2020.pdf. The next two-year competition is expected to open in 2022.

 

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

Marine Finfish Aquaculture: Juvenile Production Technologies

NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007054 (click for Notice of Funding Opportunity)

Sea Grant anticipates approximately $5,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will advance marine finfish juvenile production technologies for aquaculture. Proposals are sought that support broad, non-proprietary research to address critical gaps with respect to marine finfish juvenile production technologies; make that information available to U.S. coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture businesses; and include Sea Grant aquaculture extension personnel and also preferably industry stakeholders. All proposals to this competition must be submitted by a Sea Grant program. Other interested entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through a relevant Sea Grant Program.

  • Notices of intent to submit are due November 9, 2021 (see formal announcement for details).
  • Full proposals are due January 27, 2022 (see formal announcement for details).
  • Informational webinar on October 15, 2021 at 2 pm ET (Link to join webinar here)

 

Early Stage Propagation Strategies for Aquaculture Species

NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007053 (click for Notice of Funding Opportunity)

Sea Grant anticipates approximately $4,000,000 will be available for research projects and programs that will develop and refine early stage propagation strategies for aquaculture species excluding selected marine finfish species for food. Proposals are sought that support broad, non-proprietary research to develop and refine early stage propagation strategies, such as reproduction, hatchery, and/or nursery strategies, for aquaculture species; make that information available to U.S. coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture businesses; and include Sea Grant aquaculture extension personnel and also preferably industry stakeholders. All proposals to this competition must be submitted by a Sea Grant program. Other interested entities must submit proposals in partnership with and through a relevant Sea Grant Program.

  • Notices of intent to submit are due November 16, 2021 (see formal announcement for details).
  • Full proposals are due February 3, 2022 (see formal announcement for details).
  • Informational webinar on October 15, 2021 at 3 pm ET (Link to join webinar here)

Prospective applicants can contact any appropriate Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant staff member with ideas. Stuart Carlton (carltons@purdue.edu) and Carolyn Foley (cfoley@purdue.edu) are primary contacts and available to discuss ideas. 

Further information, plus other national competitions, are listed here: https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Funding

Fellowships & Scholarships

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