Science for the sustainable use and conservation of the Great Lakes is at the heart of what we do, and it is part of our charge from Congress as one of 34 state-level Sea Grant programs nationwide.

On a two-year cycle, we solicit, receive and review proposals from scientists across Wisconsin. Competitively selected research proposals form the basis for a portfolio of research that helps fulfill the mission of Wisconsin Sea Grant and national Sea Grant program.

Current national priorities of the Sea Grant program are: healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, resilient communities and economies, and environmental literacy and workforce development.

At any given time, there are between 12 and 20 funded research projects in progress. We administer grants, ensure compliance with all applicable regulations and track the progress of projects. 

In addition, the National Sea Grant College Program routinely offers funding opportunities for researchers. 

Further, our communications staff shares information broadly about funded projects with a wide range of audiences—from professional communities of experts to the general public—so that audiences remain informed about important work. Outreach staff also share information with a wide variety of audiences.


Current Opportunities

Sea Grant announces $19 million in federal funding opportunities to address the prevention and removal of marine debris. 

  • Marine Debris Challenge Competition: Approximately $16,000,000 will be available to support innovative research to application projects that will address the prevention and removal of marine debris.
  • Marine Debris Community Action Coalitions: Approximately $3,000,000 will be available to support the creation of coalitions and partnerships to address marine debris prevention and removal.

Letters of intent and applications for both opportunities must be submitted through a Sea Grant Program and interested partners should contact Jennifer Hauxwell at

Both opportunities encourage applicants and awardees to support the principles of justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility when writing their proposals and performing their work. The work completed under these opportunities will place an emphasis on engagement with communities, groups and localities, especially those that have been traditionally underrepresented and underserved.

These opportunities are a component of nearly $3 billion in targeted investments for NOAA in the areas of habitat restoration, coastal resilience and weather forecasting infrastructure through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act.

Read the full announcement here.

To learn more about these opportunities, Sea Grant invites you to join two informational webinars on October 2 (Community Action Coalitions) and October 3 (Challenge Competition) at 4 pm ET.

If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact


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