This information is intended for Wisconsin faculty members (or persons having principal investigator status) and students from the University of Wisconsin System or another Wisconsin college or university.  Non-Wisconsin investigators should go to the National Sea Grant College Program website to find the Sea Grant Program for their state. More information on student fellowships, including a series of podcasts containing fellowship application advice and experiences from past fellows can be found at our Student page.

Competitions for Faculty Researchers

Wisconsin Sea Grant 2018-20 Omnibus Funding

Preproposal deadline is 3 p.m., CST, Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program is inviting proposals for its next two-year grant period which begins February 1, 2018. The process involves two steps:
  1. Prospective principal investigators must submit a preproposal by 3:00 PM, Tuesday, January 24, 2017; and
  2. Potential principal investigators whose preproposals are encouraged will be invited to submit a full proposal, which will be due Friday, April 28, 2017.
All Sea Grant project funds are awarded via a highly competitive process involving peer reviews and the recommendations of external advisory panels.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative 2016 Request for Applications

The Environmental Protection Agency is currently soliciting proposals for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and anticipates up to $26 million available in funding. A webinar explaining the grant application process will be held at 1 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016.

Applications submitted through Wisconsin Sea Grant should be emailed to Jean Touchett, by January 5, 2017, to allow time to review budgets and preparation of forms. The application deadline is January 13, 2017. 


Competitions for Graduate Students

Coastal Management Fellowship - Matching State Coastal Management Programs with Future Coastal Managers

Application deadline is 4 p.m., CST, Friday,
January 20, 2017.

The Coastal Management Fellowship was established in 1996 to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.


National Marine Fisheries Service - Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics, and Marine Resource Economics
Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. CST, January 27, 2017.

The NMFS - Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics, and Marine Resource Economics is designed to help Sea Grant fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The Fisheries Fellowship is available to US citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries, with required institutional matching funds, expect to support at least two new Fisheries Fellows in both Population and Ecosystem Dynamics, and Marine Resource Economics in FY 2017.  Fisheries Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories under the guidance of NMFS mentors.

National Sea Grant College Program's Sea Grant Intern Program (Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship)

The UW Sea Grant Institute is accepting applications from graduate students statewide for the National Sea Grant College Program's (NSGCP) 2018 Sea Grant Intern Program (working title: Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program).

It is strongly recommended that initial applications are submitted by January 17, 2017, to be able to incorporate constructive feedback into a final submission due date no later than 5 p.m. CST, Friday, February 10, 2017.


Other Opportunities

Program Development

The Director of Wisconsin Sea Grant has limited program development funds available for initial development of promising research, education and outreach projects.

For further information on current program development opportunities, contact Jim Hurley, UW Aquatic Sciences Center, 272 Goodnight Hall, 1975 Willow Drive, Madison, WI 53706, phone (608) 262-0905 or email

To be added to a RFP mailing please send us an email, or contact Terri Liebmann, UW Sea Grant Institute, 272 Goodnight Hall, 1975 Willow Drive, Madison, WI 53706, phone (608) 263-6747, fax (608) 262-0591.  Be sure to include your name and the full mailing address (or email address) and the name of the program for which you wish information.