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Applying for a Research Grant

The MIT Sea Grant College Program's purpose is to lead in the development of technologies and advances in ocean science in order to contribute to the wise use of marine resources. Below are the four Focus Areas of our Program; a more detailed description is available in our 2014 – 2017 Strategic Plan.

This year, in order to more effectively focus our research funding, the MIT Sea Grant College Program is soliciting preliminary proposals in the area of ocean acidification. The topic of carbon processes in coastal habitats (Blue Carbon) included in the initial funding announcement will be postponed and may be included in future opportunities.

Specific focus areas that will be considered under ocean acidification include:

RFP PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING

A public information meeting will be held at the MIT Sea Grant office between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon on January 23, 2015, to provide guidance for interested applicants.

Download Agenda

We encourage you to use our FY2016 RFP Discussion Forum.


Meeting Presentations

Presentations from the Jan 23 Info Meeting will be posted here as they are made available

1. Beth Phelan - Constituent view of ocean acidification [ DOWNLOAD ]

2. Justin Ries - Challenges for the research community and data gaps [ DOWNLOAD ]

3. Vladimir Bulovic - Sensors (coming soon)

4. Alon Yaari and Mike DeFilippo - Platforms, Data Acquisition and Dissemination [ DOWNLOAD ]

5. Paris Perdikaris - Analysis [ DOWNLOAD ]

MIT Sea Grant provides competitive funding opportunities for Massachusetts university-based research scientists who seek to address marine issues in ways that benefit the Commonwealth. Lead scientists on a proposal must have Principal Investigator standing at their own institutions to be eligible for funding, and must not be the recipient of other MIT Sea Grant funding during the period of the grant.

Funding and Duration



Core Research Projects for FY2016

The maximum annual research project budget request to be considered is $100,000 for a total of $200,000 for a two-year project. This does not include the required matching funds provided by the PI, which amount to at least 50% of the figure requested from Sea Grant. Matching funds must be from non-federal sources and can include cash, salaries, equipment, supplies, ship-time, etc.

Projects last for up to two years. The PI will submit a project timeline as part of their full proposal.

Proposal Process and Instructions



The proposal process is initiated in January of each year when the Request for Preliminary Proposals (RFP) is distributed by email to RFP list subscribers. Project work begins on February 1 of the following year. The rules governing NOAA/Sea Grant deadlines are strictly enforced and the contents of proposals must be complete by the dates and times given in the Proposal Schedule.

Basic Rules and Assumptions:

Both Preliminary and Full Proposals must be submitted through our online proposal system. Please contact Kathy de Zengotita for access. A three-step process has been established for evaluating and selecting proposals:

Step One

Preliminary proposals submitted by deadline are reviewed by a panel of experts appointed by the Director. Principal Investigators whose projects are scientifically sound and are aligned with the goals of the MIT SG Program will be encouraged to write a full proposal.

Instructions for Submitting Preliminary Proposal

Step Two

Full proposals are distributed for extensive peer review. The reviewers' comments (blinded) are made available to the Principal Investigators for response and rebuttal.

Instructions for Submitting Full Proposal

Step Three

The full proposal, reviewers' critiques, and the PI's responses are submitted to a Technical Review Panel which meets in September for extensive discussion and to make final recommendations. The Director, with the advice of the State/Industry Council and the Program Monitor, and giving due consideration to the Panel's recommendations and the relevance of the proposed work to the Program's strategic goals, selects proposals to be included in the MIT Sea Grant College Program Omnibus Proposal. The Omnibus is submitted in October to the NOAA Office of Sea Grant for review and acceptance. Funding authorization is finalized within 60 days, and Principal Investigators are informed of the result.

The Director may, at his/her discretion, remove a proposal from further consideration at any point in this process if an investigator has overdue obligations to the MIT Sea Grant College Program under a previous research contract.

Contact Information



If you have any questions regarding proposal preparation, please contact one of the following MIT Sea Grant representatives:

Tim Downes, Assistant Director, tdownes@mit.edu, 617 253-7138

Katharine de Zengotita, Program Coordinator, kdez@mit.edu, 617-253-7042

Ben Bray, Web Developer, bbray@mit.edu, 617-252-1675

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