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 (WRRI), in partnership with the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science (KIETS), at North Carolina State University.

CCRG projects use a collaborative research approach that couples the knowledge of community stakeholders with academic experts to address urgent coastal issues that align with the missions and strategic plans of Sea Grant, WRRI, and KIETS — with an added emphasis this funding cycle on strategies and solutions for human health challenges caused by the changing climate.

Proposals also should align with North Carolina Sea Grant and WRRI’s vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility. CCRG strongly encourages proposals from people in traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities, including rural areas of North Carolina, as well as proposals that demonstrate how projects and related outreach will benefit those communities.

Recognizing that some student, faculty, and community partners have historically been underserved and under-targeted with research opportunities, and often are underrepresented in the sciences, we encourage submissions by and/or collaborations with African American, Hispanic, and Native American partners; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); and/or Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

Deadline: Jan. 17, 2023 (was Dec. 21, 2022)

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Eligibility Requirements

Proposals must significantly involve North Carolina local knowledge experts who are involved with or are knowledgeable of the coastal and/or water resource issues the project will address.  Proposals also must include concise project objectives or research questions.  Monitoring only projects and workshop projects are not eligible for funding under this call. 


A two-person team with one scientific expert and one local knowledge expert must lead each project.  These roles may include faculty from North Carolina-based institutions of higher learning (e.g., colleges, universities, or community colleges), staff from local and/or state governmental entities in North Carolina, staff at non-government organizations based in N.C. offices, N.C. business owners, and private N.C. residents.  Additional team members may contribute as other participants. 

Investigators may be lead PI or co-PI on only one proposal but can be participants on multiple proposals.



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 encouraged. 

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

January 17, 2023