FY 2020 MIT Sea Grant Proposal Process

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 (2/1/2020 to 1/31/2022).

In 2020 MIT Sea Grant will focus our funding resources on the following three specific areas of marine research:

An informational meeting for the FY2020 RFP was held at MIT Sea Grant on Thursday, January 24, 2019 to provide guidance for interested applicants. Meeting slides are available for DOWNLOAD, and a recording of the meeting is available ONLINE.

Pre-proposals are due by Tuesday, March 5, 2019 5:00 pm.

Full proposals are DUE by June 11, 2019 5:00 pm at MIT Sea Grant.


Please contact our Director, Dr. Michael Triantafyllou (mt@mit.edu), for his approval of your research topic.

Once the Director has approved your topic, contact seagrantinfo@mit.edu for login and access to this year’s RFP. For more information about deadlines, see the current RFP Schedule.

Funding and Duration

Core Research Projects for FY2020

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 announced. 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 our Director, Dr. Michael Triantafyllou (mt@mit.edu), for his approval of your research topic. Once your topic is approved, please contact seagrantinfo@mit.edu for login and access to this year’s RFP.

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.

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.

Contact Information

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

(Research) Robert Vincent, Assistant Director and Research Coordinator, (617) 252-1741, rvincent@mit.edu

(Budgets) Tim Downes, Assistant Director and Administrative/Financial Officer, (617) 253-7138, tdownes@mit.edu

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

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