Community Collaborative Research Grant (CCRG)

Funding Agency:
North Carolina Sea Grant

The Community Collaborative Research Grant Program, or CCRG, is supported by North Carolina Sea Grant and the state’s Water Resources Research Institute, in partnership with the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science based at North Carolina State University.

The CCRG requires the use of a collaborative research approach that couples the knowledge of community stakeholders with academic experts in the field to address priority coastal issues that align with the mission and strategic plan of Sea Grant.

Deadline: Feb. 4, 2022

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Eligibility Requirements

Proposals mustsignificantly involve North Carolina local knowledge experts who are involved with or are knowledgeable of the coastal/water resource issues to be addressed. Proposals lacking concise research questions (based on one or more hypotheses) will not receive favorable reviews. Project teams must be led by a two-person team with one scientific expert and one local knowledge expert. Additional participants are allowable as collaborators. These roles may include faculty from a North Carolina-based institution of higher learning (e.g., college, university, or community college), staff from local and/or state governmental entities in North Carolina, staff members of non-government organizations based in N.C. offices, N.C. business owners and private N.C. residents. Federal government and Sea Grant/WRRI employees are not eligible to receive funding, but may participate as unfunded collaborators. Liability insurance coverage is required to conduct projects.



Amount Description

Awards will range between $5,000 and $25,000 with an estimated 2 to 10 awards per year, depending on the availability of funds and quality of the received proposals. Indirect costs may not be charged. Matching/in-kind funds are not required but are highly encouraged. Investigators may only propose one-year (12 months maximum) research projects. Projects should be planned with a June 1, 2021 start date. PI teams may be asked to alter proposed start dates and budgets to align with funding levels/priorities. Individuals may be lead PI or co-PI on only one proposal but can be participants on multiple proposals.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

February 4, 2022