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Advancing Research for the co-existence of Fishing, Coastal Communities and Regional Ocean Renewable Energies

Grants to USA Researchers in Multiple States for Research
Projects on the Effects of Renewable Energy on Coastal Areas

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Northeast Sea Grant Consortium (NESGC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA)’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), and U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office and Water Power Technologies Office

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07/16/21 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA researchers in multiple states for research projects on the effects of renewable energy on coastal areas. Applicants must submit a pre-proposal prior to submitting a full application. The purpose of the funding is to further understand the effects of ocean renewable energy on community resilience, the fishing industry, and local economies. Eligible applicants are researchers at institutions in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island.

The Northeast Sea Grant Consortium (NESGC), consisting of the New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, MIT, Woods Hole, New Hampshire, and Maine Sea Grant College Programs, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA)’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office and Water Power Technologies Office (Funders), is seeking proposals to improve understanding of the effects on coastal communities including the fishing industry by ocean renewable energy (ORE) (e.g., wind and hydrokinetic [wave, current, and tidal energy]) development in the U.S. Northeast (New York Bight through the Gulf of Maine). 

Through this competition, the NESGC seeks to catalyze social science and technology research in the Northeast that will further our understanding of the effects of ORE on community resilience and economies. Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), the NESGC and its funding partners are providing a regional approach to supporting objective research on ORE across stakeholders, including developers, communities, fishers, etc. 

Successful research proposals will undertake collaborative, multidisciplinary, and/or innovative approaches with results that will be applicable and/or useful to stakeholders and users throughout the Northeast region. ORE development is an issue of regional importance, and research approaches that incorporate and address specific regional aspects and applicability of the topic are encouraged.

Research Priority Areas:

  • Fisheries & Fishing Community Resilience
  • Coastal Community and Economic Resilience
  • Multi-use Marine Activities 

For more details on research priority areas, see the following link:

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GrantWatch ID#: 195993

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Budget requests may not exceed $100,000 annually, for a maximum funding request of $100,000 for one year or $200,000 for two years. Proposals requesting lower levels of support are welcome and will receive full consideration.

Term of Contract:

Proposed activities may be one or two years in duration, for the period between February 1, 2022 and January 31, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This research competition is open to faculty and staff at any public or private research or higher education institution in the six states of the NESGC (i.e. NY, CT, MA, NH, ME, RI) who are eligible to submit a proposal according to their home institution guidelines. Co-PIs may be from outside of the NESGC states. International (non-U.S.) partner organizations may not receive federal funding. Federal agencies and staff may not receive salary support as part of this competition. However, they can serve as uncompensated partners or co-Principal Investigators. Federal labs and offices can also make available specialized expertise, facilities, or equipment to applicants but cannot be compensated under this competition for their use, nor can the value of such assets be used as match.

The National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) champions diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by recruiting, retaining and preparing a diverse workforce, and proactively engaging and serving the diverse populations of coastal communities. As part of this, NESGC encourages applicants to recruit and engage with students, fellows, and research team members from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities and individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in STEM.

Pre-Application Information:

Interested parties are invited at this time to submit pre-proposals to the NESGC as a single PDF file to Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant College Program (MITSG) eSeaGrant portal no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on May 14, 2021.

Full Proposals Due: July 16, 2021 by 5pm

A 50% non-federal match is required for all proposals.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Mary Newton Lima, Research Program Coordinator (
Caroline Johnston, Fiscal Officer (
Rob Vincent, Extension Lead (
Lily Keyes, Communications Lead (

MIT Sea Grant College Program
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, NW98-151
Cambridge, MA 02139SIGN

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USA: Connecticut;   Maine;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   New York City;   New York;   Rhode Island

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