National Marine Debris Challenge Competition

Funding Agency:
North Carolina Sea Grant

North Carolina Sea Grant invites partners interested in the latest round of NOAA Sea Grant funding for the Marine Debris Challenge Competition to begin exploring partnerships and topics now. Letters of intent, due in January, are the first step — and must be submitted by a Sea Grant program. 

“We are excited to collaborate with a variety of partners — from national, regional, state and local scales — to bring many talents together to address marine debris challenges within our coastal watersheds and coastal communities, and beyond,” notes Susan White, NC Sea Grant executive director. “Such integrated research, extension and education efforts are critical to moving the needle for a problem that is expanding, and affects all here, nationally and globally.”

NOAA Sea Grant notes the opportunity is open to any person or group within the United States or its territories, as well as tribal nations within those geographies. “Applicants must submit proposals in partnership with a relevant Sea Grant Program. Please note that it is not a requirement that investigators, including the principal investigator, be part of a Sea Grant program,” the funding announcement explains. 

Partners interested in submitting a proposal in collaboration with and/or through NC Sea Grant should contact John Fear at or White at quickly to discuss the proposal topic and Sea Grant collaboration. 


January 30, 2024: Letters of intent must be submitted by a Sea Grant program. Letters of intent from North Carolina researchers should be sent to John Fear by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, in order for NC Sea Grant to meet the federal deadline. Send them by email to




Community Outreach and Engagement
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

January 30, 2024