Donor Name: University of Maine
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: Up to $200,000
Grant Duration: 2 Years
The mission of Maine Sea Grant is to support the responsible use and conservation of coastal resources to sustain diverse, thriving coastal communities and ecosystems.
Through their biennial request for proposals, they strive to sponsor a diverse research portfolio that links the scientific capacity of Maine with the needs of coastal community partners and interests, and advance Maine Sea Grant’s mission.
Maine Sea Grant seeks to foster the highest quality marine research with a strong likelihood of societal impact in Maine, so only the most creative and rigorously conceived proposals will receive consideration.
They seek to support projects developed through meaningful engagement with coastal or marine interests and focused on research questions that are responsive to the needs of Maine’s communities. They accept proposals aligned with any part of their current strategic plan, and they strongly encourage proposals that address cross-cutting principles outlined in this .They also strongly encourage proposals that:
- Engage diverse partners and end users throughout all phases of the research study, including proposal development
- Integrate concepts and methods from multiple disciplinary perspectives and engage researchers from both the social and biophysical sciences
- Develop cross-cultural perspectives in research on emerging environmental, economic, and cultural issues
- Provide student training, professional development, and/or mentorship opportunities
- Strive to promote the ideals of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and advance issues important to the state’s underserved and underrepresented coastal communities
- Proposed research activities may be one or two years in duration, for the period between February 2024 and January 2026. Assuming no changes in the federal Sea Grant appropriation and the requirements of the non-research components of the Maine Sea Grant program, an estimated $600,000 will be available to support research projects over the two-year funding period.
- Maine Sea Grant will consider funding research projects up to $200,000. Maine Sea Grant intends to fund as many excellent proposals as is possible within budgetary constraints; projects with smaller requests and those that show strong leveraging of Sea Grant funding are encouraged. Due to Maine Sea Grant’s limited resources, total two-year requests over $200,000 in Sea Grant funds (including all direct and indirect costs) will not be considered. Sea Grant funding requires a 50% non-federal match; all preliminary proposals must indicate source and level of available non-federal match. Proposals without sufficient match will not be considered.
- Maine Sea Grant is administered by the University of Maine, but the research competition is open to faculty and staff at any public or private research or higher education institution within the state of Maine.
- They are especially interested in receiving proposals from new faculty and underrepresented faculty/ principal investigators. Researchers are eligible to submit only one pre-proposal as lead PI, but may serve as a co-PI on other proposals. Co-PI’s outside of the state of Maine may be funded through sub-awards from the lead PI’s institution.
- Maine Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication, and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking. They encourage applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, educational levels, job classifications, veteran status types, and income, and socioeconomic status types to apply for this competitive research opportunity.
- Researchers and their team members are expected to represent Maine Sea Grant with the highest integrity and ethical standards. They are expected to foster an equitable, positive, and respectful working and learning environment free of discrimination, harassment, and bullying. They must abide by the standard code of conduct policies of their home institution(s) including, but not limited to, any: personnel policy, policy regarding sexual harassment, policy regarding workplace violence, and policy regarding ethical behavior
For more information, visit University of Maine.