State Competitions

Washington Sea Grant 2021 Request for Proposals

Funding cycle: February 1, 2022 – January 31, 2024

Washington Sea Grant is now accepting preliminary proposals for the 2021 RFP.

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) requests proposals for one- to two-year research projects from investigators at academic and research institutions throughout the state of Washington. Funded projects will contribute to WSG and state priority information needs by advancing knowledge in one of four focus areas: healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, resilient communities and economies, and ocean literacy and workforce development.*

About $2 million will be awarded during the two-year funding cycle through a competitive review process.

Proposals must follow the guidelines detailed in the 2021 Request for Proposals and be submitted through eSeaGrant, WSG’s online proposal submission system.

To access guidelines, visit the Washington Sea Grant’s Request for Proposals PDF

*While recent WSG RFPs have solicited maritime workforce development projects, WSG does not intend to fund non-research based education or workforce development projects through this RFP. If you are interested in funding for a non-research project, please contact the WSG director to discuss opportunities for Program Development funds.

2021 Washington Sea Grant RFP Timeline

Request for Proposals Information Sessions

Russell Callender, WSG director, will provide details about the RFP process and be available to answer questions.  Content at each of the information sessions will be the same – Investigators are encouraged to attend one. A recording of the info session presentation will be available following the sessions.

RFP Info Session 1

Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time

RFP Info Session 2

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Washington Sea Grant Outreach Workshop

This workshop will brief potential PIs on the Sea Grant program, introduce WSG staff, and facilitate collaborative and innovative plans for outreach and engagement. Investigators are strongly encouraged to attend. A recording of the Outreach Workshop presentations will be available following the session.

Investigator Outreach Workshop

Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Preliminary proposals due in eSeaGrant

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Notification or preliminary proposal review outcome

Late March 2021

Full proposals due in eSeaGrant

Thursday, May 20, 2021 

Peer review and project selection

May – September 2021 

Investigator rebuttal period

July 12 – 19, 2021

Notification of funding decision

Late September 2021 

Project start date

Tuesday, February 1, 2022