Request for Proposals

Coastal Conservancy - Proposition 1 Grant Solicitation

The Conservancy announces a new Proposition 1 Grant Solicitation, applications are due March 30, 2018.  Conservancy Proposition 1 grants fund multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects. This round will fund projects in the central coast. Priority project types include: water sustainability improvements, enhancement, wetland restoration and urban greening. An informational webinar will be held on Feb. 8th at 10 a.m, to RSVP please send an email to

2018 NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research

Sea Grant encourages proposals that are designed to foster the expansion of a sustainable U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture sector by addressing one or more of the following priorities:

  • Supporting the development of emerging systems or technologies that will advance aquaculture in the U.S., including projects that will help stimulate aquaculture production by nascent industries;

  • Developing and implementing actionable methods of communicating accurate, science based messages and information about the benefits and risks of U.S. marine aquaculture to the public; and

  • Increasing the resiliency of aquaculture systems to natural hazards and changing conditions.

Visit the Sea Grant website, here, for more information. 

California Ocean Protection Council's Proposition 84 Grant Program

OPC has identified six broad focus areas that include all the priority research topic areas identified in this call.  They are:

  1. Ocean acidification and hypoxia, and other changes in ocean conditions from a changing climate

  2. Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

  3. Sea-level rise adaptation and coastal resilience

  4. Coastal sediment management

  5. Marine pollution

  6. Marine renewable energy

Eligible proposing institutions are welcome to propose research lasting up to three years in duration, and requesting a total budget from $80,000 to $250,000 (sum of total direct costs plus 25% indirect costs). 

For more information about eligibility and how to submit proposals click here

California Ocean Protection Council's Proposition 1 Grant Program

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC), part of the California Natural Resources Agency, is pleased to announce a new solicitation for grant proposals for projects benefiting California’s ocean and coast, made possible with funding from Proposition 1.

OPC priorities for this round of Proposition 1 (“Prop 1”) grant funding are projects that:

·      benefit marine managed areas, including the state MPA network;

·      address coastal and ocean water quality impacts through reduction of pollution and contaminants, prevent or remove marine litter and debris, and help detect and understand harmful algal blooms;

·      support fisheries infrastructure that protects marine and estuarine ecosystems, or restore habitat for marine, estuarine and diadromous fish;

·      address climate change and sea level rise with improved resiliency of built and natural coastal environments, including living shorelines and nature-based infrastructure;

·      reduce risk to communities near toxic or hazardous sites that are risk due to sea-level rise and flooding;

·      and reduce the impacts of ocean acidification and hypoxia on marine and estuarine ecosystems, natural resources and fisheries.

Please visit flyer here  for more information. 

CA Department of Fish and Wildlife Fisheries Restoration Grant Program

The Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) was established in 1981 in response to rapidly declining populations of wild salmon and steelhead trout and deteriorating fish habitat in California. This competitive grant program has invested millions of dollars to support projects from sediment reduction to watershed education throughout coastal California. The applications will now be accepted until April 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm. 

For more details visit the CDFW website here

NOAA Sea Grant 2017 Aquaculture Initiative

Sea Grant welcomes proposals for two competitive opportunities to advance aquaculture research, address barriers to aquaculture, and expand aquaculture production. Up to $15 million is expected to be available over several years to support projects in the two competitions. The first competition is focused on projects that show great promise to increase aquaculture production in the near future by clearly addressing major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture production.  The second competition  is focused on projects that may be earlier in the exploratory/development phase that show promise to contribute to the expansion of sustainable marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture in the United States.

For more details, click here

USC Sea Grant

USC Sea Grant is now accepting preliminary proposals for projects beginning February 1, 2018. Project topics should focus on topics pertaining to “Urban Ocean,” urban wetlands and beaches, aquaculture, and ocean energy and public education. Applications will be accepted until March 23, 2017.

For more information about research proposals and process for submission click here.  

California Sea Grant College Program

NOAA’s California Sea Grant Program invites researchers to submit proposals that follow the integrated themes of Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies. Accepted proposals for research in these areas could attain up to $125,000/year in funds. Applications are accepted until March 23, 2017. 

To find out more, click here

CDFW - 2017 Fisheries Habitat Restoration

CDFW has released its Draft 2017 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Proposal Solicitation Notice (PDF) for public review and comment. Comments may be emailed to through November 4, 2016. 

In addition to the draft solicitation, CDFW has released the draft Funding Approval Submissions (Appendix E) and draft Permit Requirements (Appendix F).

Finally, CDFW will host a public meeting October 24, 2016, to discuss the solicitation and receive public comment. Please see meeting announcement (PDF)for details.

Proposition 1 Grants Through the Coastal Conservancy

The fifth round of Proposition 1 grants through the Coastal Conservancy are coming up. Proposals are due October 3rd. Priority will given to projects focusing on the following topics:

  • Water Sustainability
  • Protection and Enhancement of Anadromous Fish Habitat
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Urban Greening

For more information, read the official Proposition 1 Proposal Solicitation here.

CDFW- Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs and Workshops

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a Proposition 1 Application Workshop on June 6th, 2016. The workshop will help applicants with the proposal submission process through the 2016 Proposition 1 Watershed Restoration & Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Programs. You can find more information about the workshop here (PDF), and more information on the RFP in general on the official FY 2016-17 Proposal Solicitation Notice (PDF) or on the Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs web page.

There is also a recording of the last CDFW application workshop (May 16th, 2016) on Youtube. You can watch the recording here and download the workshop PDF here.

Coastal Conservancy - Proposition 1 Grants

The Coastal Conservancy is soliciting proposals for CA Proposition 1 grants. The grants will be awarded to projects that fund multi-benefit ecosystem projects and watershed protection and restoration projects.

Priority topics:

  • Water sustainability improvements
  • Anadromous fish habitat enhancement
  • Wetland restoration
  • Urban greening

Proposals are due via email to by June 30th, 2016.

Applicants must submit both the grant application cover sheet and the grant application narritive form to apply.

Blue Economy Challenge - Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Applications are now open for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Blue Economy Challenge. This challenge aims to find solutions to three important issues of aquaculture:

1) Rethinking feed for aquaculture

2) New ocean products

3) Sustainable design by encouraging innovations that will revolutionize aquaculture in the developing world with a focus on the Indian Ocean region. 

Applications are due June 30th, 2016.

Apply and find more information on the Blue Economy Challenge website.

The Neubacher Fund for Marine Science - Point Reyes National Seashore

The Neubacher Fund for Marine Science supports annual requests of up to $3,000 for marine research conducted in the close proximity to Point Reyes National Seashore and Tomales Bay (between Bolinas and Tomales Point and up to 5 km from shore). Graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, faculty, and other professional scientists are eligible to apply. Studies that strive to understand long-term changes and patterns in marine and estuarine ecosystems are encouraged.

Applications are due May 23rd, 2016

For more information on the fund and how to appli for it, read the grant announcement

NIFA - USDA Aquaculture Research Competitive Grants Program

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA requests applications for the Aquaculture Research Competitive Grants Program for FY 2016 to fund applied aquaculture research projects in the areas of: 1) genetics; 2) disease; 3) production systems; and 4) economics. The anticipated amount available for support of this program in FY 2016 is approximately $1.2M (4-5 awards, $300K max). Applications are due May 17, 2016. 

Please visit NIFA for details.

CDFW Proposition 1 Grant Program

CDFW has released its Draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17 Proposal Solicitation Notice (PDF) for its Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs and is seeking public inout and comments.

CDFW will host a public meeting on Thursday, April 7, 2016, to discuss the draft Solicitation. See Meeting Details and Agenda (PDF). The public is invited to attend and provide inputs and comments. The deadline to submit comments is April 14, 2016. Comments may be e-mailed to

Please visit CDFW's Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs web page for more information on the programs. 

The Coastal Conservancy announces Round 3 of Proposition 1 Grants

The Conservancy has released the Proposal Solicitation for the next round Prop 1 grants. These grants fund multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects. Priority project types include: water sustainability improvements, anadromous fish habitat enhancement, wetland restoration, and urban greening. 

Grant applications are due to the Coastal Conservancy on March 31, 2016. Applicants must submit both the grant application cover sheet and the grant application narrative form.

Click here for more information. 

The Coastal Conservancy announces Round 2 of Proposition 1 Grants - CLOSED

The Coastal Conservancy announces Round 2 of its Proposition 1 Grants Program. For the second competitive grant round, the Conservancy invites project proposals that protect and enhance adronomous fish habitat. Find the link to the complete Proposasal Solicitation here.

Proposals for Round 2 are due to the Conservancy on December 31, 2015.

An informational webinar will be held on Thursday, November 12 at 1pm. If you wish to attend, you must RSVP to You can find more information on the Conservancy's website

Notice of Solicitation for Letters of Intent for Proposition 1 Grants - CLOSED

The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is now accepting letters of intent for Proposition 1 grants. OPC has developed a solicitation notice and letter of intent (LOI) application for OPC’s Proposition 1 Grant Program. LOI solicitation closes at 5pm on December 1, 2015.

Funding from Prop 1 is intended to fund projects that provide more reliable water supplies, restore important species and habitat, and develop a more resilient and sustainably managed water system (water supply, water quality, flood protection, and environment) that can better withstand inevitable and unforeseen pressures in the coming decades. Here is a link to the Solicitation Notice. Download a Letter of Intent Application here

Letters of Intent must be postmarked by December 1, 2015. Hand deliveries must be received by the Ocean Protection Council office by 5pm on December 1, 2015. Full proposals due in February 2016.

Email any questions to:

New Long-Term Ecological Research Solicitation is Released - CLOSED

The Long-Term Ecological Research: New Site Competition solicitation NSF-16-509 has been released. 

NSF currently supports 25 LTER research sites and, through this solicitation, invites proposals to establish three (3) new LTER sites. Research proposals should address questions in one of two broad ecosystems:

  • Arid/semi-arid ecosystems: The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) anticipates support and management of one (1) new site with a focus on arid or semi-arid ecosystems. The location of the research site for proposals submitted to develop a new arid/semi-arid ecosystem LTER must be within the United States, including its territories and protectorates.
  • Ocean/coastal ocean ecosystems: The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) anticipates support and management of two (2) new sites that focus on ocean or coastal ocean ecosystems; defined as ecological systems from the shoreline outward on continental shelves and including the Laurentian Great Lakes, Congressionally defined as interior oceans. Preference will be given to proposals developing a new ocean/coastal ocean ecosystem LTER site located within the United States, including its territories and protectorates, but other locations are not precluded.

See all of the details here

Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date:  February 1, 2016.

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  August 2, 2016.

Annual Request for Proposals - CLOSED

The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) released the 2016 annual request for proposals. This year's RFP has a target funding level of $4.55 million.

The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, December 4, 2015 at 4 p.m. Alaska Standard Time.

Access the online proposal here

Proposition 1 Solicitation Released - CLOSED

California Department of Fish and Wildlife has released its Proposal Solicitation Notice for its Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs and is now accepting applications. 

Applications are due by 4pm PST on September 16, 2015.


Coastal Conservancy Proposal Solicitation - CLOSED

The Coastal Conservancy has announced a new round of competitive grants to fund multi-benefit watershed restoration and ecosystem protection projects. These grants will be funded by the Proposition 1 Water Bond. 

Click here for the proposal solicitation. Applications are due September 30, 2015. 

The Conservancy will hold an informational webinar on August 25th at 10am for the first project solicitation period (August 1 - September 30) for a Q&A session and to outline program priorities. You can email the Conservancy at or you can join the webinar at CMSI in 1347 Storer Hall. 

Ocean Protection Council Draft Proposition 1 Guidelines - CLOSED

OPC staff have developed draft Proposition 1 guidelines. The public is encouraged to review and comment on these draft guidelines. 

Please email comments to or mail comments to:

Attn: Nick Sadrpour
The Ocean Protection Council
1416 Ninth Street
Suite 1311 Sacramento
CA 95814

The deadline for comments is August 21, 2015. 

The OPC will hold three public meetings around the state for the purpose of receiving comments on the draft guidelines. Click here for the specific locations and times of these meetings.

The draft guidelines will be presented as an informational item only at the OPC's July 29 meeting in Sacramento, public comment is welcome.

Cat Kuhlman, CA Natural Resources Agency Deputy Secretary for Oceans and Coastal Policy/OPC Executive Director, will be visiting CMSI to exchange ideas about the OPC funding opportunity on Thursday, August 20 from 3-4pm in 1347 Storer Hall. 

Climate Program Office FY 2016 - CLOSED

NOAA's Climate Program Office manages four major programs through which NOAA funds climate science, research, and education both across the United States and internationally. 

The Climate Program Office is currently seeking applications for 10 individual competitions. 

Letters of Intent for all competitions are due July 30, 2015 and Full Applications are due September 23, 2015 (with a few exceptions). 

For more information, click here.

CDFW Proposition 1 Grant Program - CLOSED

CDFW has released its Draft Proposal Solicitation Notice for its Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs. 

Please visit CDFW's Proposition Restoration Grant Programs web page for more information. 

Two NOAA Grant Opportunities for Resilience - CLOSED

NOAA has issued a call for proposals for two grant programs designed to build resilient ecosystems and help coastal communities plan for and implement actions that make them more resilient to impacts from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions.

NOAA Fisheries is administering up to $4 million for the Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program, which will focus on the development of healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through on-the-ground habitat restoration. Proposals are due by July 2, 2015.

Click here for FAQs and the application link, and view the grant opportunity here.

NOAA's National Ocean Service is supporting the effort with $5 million in competitive grant awards through Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program. This program will help coastal communities and economic sectors prepare for and recover from adverse events and adapt to changing environmental, economic, and social conditions. Proposals are due by July 24, 2015.

Additional information is available here.