Community Collaborative Research Grant Program

North Carolina Sea Grant, in partnership with the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science is glad to announce Community Collaborative Research Grant Program. North Carolina-based institutions of higher learning are eligible to apply. Aim of the fellowship is to provide research, education and outreach opportunities to the fellows. Winning fellows will get an opportunity to win award between $2,000 and $25,000.

North Carolina Sea Grant was charted in 1970. The foundation provides research, education and outreach opportunities relating to current issues affecting the North Carolina coast and its communities


The candidates must follow the given criteria:

  • Must significantly involve North Carolina citizens who are involved with or knowledgeable of the coastal issues to be addressed.
  • Research questions will not receive favorable reviews. Project teams must include at least two people, a scientific expert and a local knowledge expert.
  • These roles may include faculty or staff members from a North Carolina-based institution of higher learning (e.g., college, university or community college),
  • Staff from local and/or state governmental entities in North Carolina, staff members of nongovernment organizations based in offices in North Carolina, North Carolina business owners, and private North Carolina citizens.
  • Federal government and Sea Grant employees are not eligible to receive funding, but may participate as unfunded collaborators. Liability insurance coverage is required to conduct projects.

How to Apply:

Download and complete the application form through the given link:

Supporting Documents:

  • Online yearly progress reports and a final report will be required for all funded projects.
  • Proposals should be succinct, but sufficiently detailed for review by peers, potential users of results and program advisors.
  • The application form, when completed, can be a maximum of four single-spaced pages. Narrative text should be typed in a 12-point Times font with 1-inch margins.
  • The budget, budget justification, references (optional), letter/s of support (optional), and CV or resume (one page maximum length, optional) do not count toward the four-page limit.
  • Supplemental materials (diagrams, photos, etc.) are acceptable only if they enhance the project explanation. If so, they also do not count toward the four-page limit.
  • Supplemental materials should be included as separate appendices. Proposals not meeting these criteria will not be considered.
  • University-affiliated applicants also must include a cover page signed by their respective sponsored programs office.

Submitting Details:

All the application material along with the application form must be send on the given e-mail address:

Award Amount:

  • Awards will range between $2,000 and $25,000, with an estimated two to 12 awards per year.
  • Indirect costs may not be charged. Matching funds are not required but are encouraged. Investigators may only propose one-year (12 months maximum) research projects.
  • Multiyear projects will not be considered. Projects may start between March 1 and May 31, 2016. Individuals may be lead PI or co-PI on only one proposal but can be participants on multiple proposals.

Application Deadline:

Application deadline is January 15, 2016.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

Contact John Fear at or Scott Baker at for more information.


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