January 16, 2018

MIT Sea Grant Annual Request for Proposals


In 2019 MIT Sea Grant will focus our funding resources on the following specific areas of marine research:


  • Aquaculture Technologies: Based on data gathered in our constituent meeting on November 30, 2017, MIT Sea Grant created a new focus area for research on novel technologies to enable offshore aquaculture.

  • Ocean Acidification: MIT Sea Grant will focus funding research on ocean monitoring using physics-based data inference, buoy data, and fusing diverse sources of data, e.g. at least two of satellite data, data from drifters. The target is to demonstrate such a computer monitoring system for the Boston Harbor or the Gulf of Maine.

  • Underwater Wireless Power Transmission and Data Communication: MIT Sea Grant will focus funding on research that delivers a laboratory prototype for wireless energy transfer to exceed 1 kW, and/or a prototype for data transmission underwater in highly stratified environment targeting distances of the order of 100 m.


We will hold an informational meeting on this year’s RFP at MIT Sea Grant on Thursday, January 25, 2018, noon to 2 pm, to provide guidance for interested applicants. A detailed RFP announcement will be available on our website on February 5, 2018.

Basic requirements for MIT Sea Grant funding are: you must be a university-based, Massachusetts scientist who is eligible for Principal Investigator status at your home institution. If the PI is receiving any other MIT Sea Grant project funding during the FY2019 period (2/1/2019 to 1/31/2021) s/he is not eligible to apply in this round. Projects are generally funded for two years at a maximum of $100,000 per year, with a 50% match requirement. For more information and a description of the selection process, go to our website http://seagrant.mit.edu/RFP.php

Pre-proposals are due by Tuesday March 6, 2018. Full Proposals are due by Tuesday June 12, 2018.

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