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Biennial Request for Proposals,
2020-2022 Funding Period

The Delaware Sea Grant College Program is soliciting research proposals for the next two-year funding period that begins on February 1, 2020. Competition for funding from the Delaware Sea Grant College Program is designed to produce the strongest package of applied research, education, and outreach possible and should address coastal challenges and opportunities that are important to the state of Delaware.

Contingent upon available funds, the Delaware Sea Grant College Program expects to release up to $950,000 annually to fund research and provide student support for the two year funding period. Two tiers of funding are available:

  • Topic-Focused Research Projects: These “traditional” research projects will receive up to $80,000 per year and may be single or multi-investigator projects within a single discipline (science, engineering, social, behavioral, or economic sciences) that address significant coastal or marine issues facing Delaware.

  • Interdisciplinary Research Projects: These multi-investigator projects will receive up to $120,000 per year for the two-year funding cycle. The intent of proposed interdisciplinary projects shall be to explore multi-faceted research questions at the intersection of science or engineering and social, behavioral, or economic sciences. To be eligible to receive the higher level of funding for interdisciplinary research, proposed projects must include investigators with expertise in at least two distinct disciplines (e.g., physical, chemical, or biological sciences, or engineering, partnered with social, behavioral, or economic sciences).

Funded projects may also receive additional graduate student support for the two-year period in the form of a Delaware Sea Grant Traineeship. Interdisciplinary Research Projects will be eligible for support for up to two graduate students; Topic-Focused Research Projects will be eligible for support for a single graduate student. The number of Interdisciplinary and Topic-Focused Projects that are funded will depend on the quality and number of proposals received and will be made at the discretion of the Director of the Delaware Sea Grant College Program in accordance with the competition guidelines presented in this Request for Proposals (RFP).

The proposal process involves two steps:

1. Prospective investigators submit a pre-proposal by 3 p.m. EST Friday, February 8, 2019

2. Prospective investigators submit a full proposal by 3 p.m. EST Friday, May 17, 2019

To be eligible to submit a full proposal, applicants must submit a pre-proposal.


The Delaware Sea Grant College Program encourages participation from the broad science and social science research community within Delaware and invites participation by investigators new to the Delaware Sea Grant RFP process. To be eligible, principal investigators must be affiliated with an academic institution, research laboratory, or other institution with a research or science-based mission in Delaware, including non-profit organizations. Co-principal investigators on projects may be from institutions outside of Delaware. Complete restrictions and requirements available in the complete Request for Proposals below.

Question-and-Answer Sessions

To help interested researchers understand the process and complete the proposal, Delaware Sea Grant hosted question-and-answer sessions on university campuses around the state. You can watch the question-and-answer session from Newark here:


Related Documents:

Request for Proposals
Budget Justification Instructions and Sample
Delaware Sea Grant Strategic Plan
Project Milestone Chart

To complete your proposal, download and complete the following from

90-4 Budget Form (use Excel version of the form) - required with both pre- and full proposals
90-2 Project Summary Short Form - required if proposal is selected
Instructions for 90-2 Project Summary Form
NEPA Compliance Abbreviated Environmental Compliance Questionnaire - required if proposal is selected