North Carolina Sea Grant

North Carolina Sea Grant provides research, education and outreach opportunities relating to current issues affecting the North Carolina coast and its communities. Since 1970, North Carolina Sea Grant has prided itself on being a valuable resource for scientists, educators, local officials, government agencies, coastal businesses and the public to find unbiased, scientifically sound information about the state's coastal ecosystems.

North Carolina Sea Grant facilitates funding for millions of dollars of research, outreach and education programs each year. Our initiatives and projects touch a broad range of topics, including fisheries, seafood science and technology, water quality, aquaculture, community development, law and policy, and coastal hazards.

Through a combination of federal and state dollars, we facilitate university-based research to answer complex questions about the state's diverse coastal ecosystems and meet the needs of coastal communities. This research fuels outreach and education programs that promote discovery, learning, new research and awareness across the state and the nation.

Headquartered at North Carolina State University, we are an inter-institutional program within the University of North Carolina system and have offices in Manteo, Morehead City and Wilmington. Our researchers come from public and private universities across the state. As part of the National Sea Grant Network, we receive funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through the U.S. Department of Commerce.

If you are interested in learning more about our funding opportunities and cycles, visit the Research section of our Web site, or contact one of our staff members at a Sea Grant office near you.



Homepage Photo Credits: Maureen Dewire (Bald Head Island Conservancy), Donna Finley (Bald Head Island Conservancy),  Christian Guerreri (NC Aquariums), Mike Halminski, Doug Kesling (NOAA /NURC), NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Scott Taylor, Kim Urian (NOAA Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research, Beaufort)


North Carolina Sea Grant At A Glance.
  • One of 32 Sea Grant programs in the USA
  • Facilitates funding for coastal research, outreach and education
  • Funded $1.9 million in research in 2008-2009
  • Governor's Conservation Achievement Award for Natural Resources 2007 Agency of the Year
  • Headquartered in Raleigh, with offices in Manteo, Morehead City and Wilmington

North Carolina Sea Grant

One hundred percent of your tax deductible gift will benefit the North Carolina Sea Grant Enhancement Fund.

Make checks or money orders payable to the NC State Foundation and list "North Carolina Sea Grant" in the memo field.

Mail your contribution to:
North Carolina Sea Grant
NC State University
Box 8605
Raleigh, NC 27695-8605.