North Carolina Sea Grant manages various other research programs, many of which are special projects or mini-grants or projects initiated by the National Sea Grant College Program. We work with scientists, educators, students and commercial business to explore our coast and find ways to enhance its natural habitat, to protect its resources and to improve the quality of life.
Rapid response, seed, and starter grants are available from North Carolina Sea Grant on a limited basis and as funding allows. Small projects, typically costing less than $5,000 can be supported to allow scientists to gather samples and data when time is of the essence. For example, after a major storm or environmental event, there could be a short window to collect impact data that could help those who must respond to the damaging effects. Or, a minigrant may allow investigators to gather initial information or pilot test a whole new line of inquiry. Such early findings can subsequently spur major research and outreach efforts funded by other sources. (View minigrant examples)
National Sea Grant Initiatives
Many marine and coastal issues are regional or national in scope. Thus, the National Sea Grant College Program may identify particular issues or opportunities for research and/or outreach support, such as invasive species, oyster disease or marine biotechnology. Such past national competitions have also funded projects that partner academic researchers and industry to consider pressing problems.
These nationwide competitions are not on a set schedule, but rather vary on available funding and national needs. North Carolina Sea Grant supports the application process for these initiatives, and administers any resulting grants to researchers in the state. (View National Sea Grant Initiative examples)
Learn more about National Sea Grant programs at the NOAA Web site.
Collaborative research‚ funded by NOAA Fisheries in partnership with North Carolina Sea Grant‚ brings together the commercial fishing industry, scientists, and other interested parties to reduce the potential bycatch of marine mammals. The program is patterned after North Carolina's successful Fishery Resource Grant Program, which is also administered by North Carolina Sea Grant. Past marine mammal research competitions have specifically sought proposals to reduce interactions with bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales.
Photos: NCSG Stock, Kim Urian (NOAA Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research, Beaufort)