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: 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. 

The most recent opportunity can be found here: 

Start date: March 1, 2023



Two-year research projects: OPEN to those who submitted a preproposal on time

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 to those who submitted a preproposal on time. Eligible applicants received full proposal instructions on February 7, 2023. Full proposals should be submitted by 11:59 pm Central Time May 15, 2023. The request for preproposals 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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