National Competitions

2022 NOAA Sea Grant National Marine Debris Funding Opportunities

The National Sea Grant College Program has announced two federal funding opportunities to support community-engaged marine debris removal and prevention:

Marine Debris Challenge Competition

Open to all PIs in collaboration with Sea Grant programs*; $16,000,000 total; $3,000,000 maximum per award; up to 3 years.

Sea Grant anticipates approximately $16,000,000 in FY 2022 and 2023 federal funds will be available to support innovative, transformational research-to-application projects that will address the prevention and/or removal of marine debris. Proposals are sought that will build upon and extend existing knowledge and efforts related to marine debris; support broad, non-proprietary, and innovative research to address critical gaps with respect to marine debris; and make that information available to communities and stakeholders.

Please review the Notice of Funding Opportunity for detailed information about this opportunity: NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007452

Proposal Deadlines

Letters of Intent: Washington Sea Grant is required to submit letters of intent by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. If you are interested in being a PI and/or collaborating with Washington Sea Grant on this opportunity, please let us know ASAP and no later than Monday, July 25, 2022 ( Washington Sea Grant will require complete letters of intent in advance of the Tuesday, August 9, 2022, deadline.

Full proposals are due to by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 30, 2022**.

*Only Sea Grant Programs are eligible to apply for this opportunity. It is not a requirement that investigators, including the PI, are part of a Sea Grant program. However, proposals must be submitted with and through a Sea Grant program.

**To meet internal University of Washington proposal preparation deadlines, full proposals will need to be completed in collaboration with Washington Sea Grant approximately two weeks before this deadline.

Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions

Open to Sea Grant Programs only; $3,000,000 total; $300,000 maximum per award; up to 3 years.

The “National Sea Grant Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions” will support the creation of coalitions and partnerships among communities, groups, and localities – especially those that have been traditionally underserved – to address various marine debris challenges. Only Sea Grant programs are eligible to apply for funding under this opportunity. Washington Sea Grant is currently evaluating program priorities for this opportunity. If you are interested in working with us in this area, please contact us ( Please review the Marine Debris Community Action Coalition competition description (PDF) for more information about this opportunity.


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