Core Funding

Funding Agency:
North Carolina Sea Grant

North Carolina Sea Grant’s core research projects include diverse coastal topics that typically are funded by a combination of both federal and state dollars with an emphasis on applied research initiatives. Core funding operates on a two-year cycle.

Researchers must show how their one- or two-year studies meet the identified needs of North Carolina and how that work will ultimately benefit our coast, often having an impact on a regional, national or international level. These projects require matching funds identified by the researcher and their home university.

NCSG supports a multidisciplinary, integrated program of applied research, outreach and education that addresses coastal and marine issues important to the state of North Carolina. NCSG strives to fund applied research within four focus areas: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems; Resilient Communities and Economies; Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture; and Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development.

Deadline for Pre-proposals: Jan. 14, 2019

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

PIs must be affiliated with an academic institution of higher education in North Carolina. Co-PIs and project collaborators can have any affiliation and can be based either within or outside North Carolina. Postdoctoral researchers and federal employees are not eligible to apply as PIs, but can be project participants.



Amount Description

Projects supported by NCSG can run for one or two years, and thus can begin on Feb. 1, 2020 or Feb. 1, 2021. Proposals may request up to $120,000 in federal funds for the two-year funding period. Matching dollars (nonfederal) are required for this program at a 2:1 rate ($2 federal to $1 state). Funds are awarded on a yearly basis and are dependent upon the availability of federal funds.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 14, 2019