NC WRRI/Sea Grant Graduate Research Projects

Funding Agency:
North Carolina Sea Grant

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is for research projects in the areas of coastal and freshwater resources as prioritized by NC Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) and NC Sea Grant with input from their Advisory Committees, which comprisestakeholders from a range of sectors and professions working on freshwater and coastal resourcesthroughout North Carolina.

WRRI and NC Sea Grant are providing competitive funding for graduate student research. We intend to fund up to six student proposals at $10,000 per proposal, pending federal appropriation offunds and quality of proposals.

Proposals must include language that describes the significance and relevance of the projectto North Carolina and the interests of WRRI ( and/or NC Sea Grant ( Projects should also address WRRI and/or NC Sea Grant’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (, and ( We strongly encourage proposals from graduate students at HBCUs and MSIs and/or from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities, as well as from graduate students who can demonstrate how their work and related outreach will benefit underserved and underrepresented communities.

Deadline: Nov. 12, 2021

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Areas of Interest

RESEARCH FOCUS AREAS • Emerging Regulated and Unregulated Contaminants of Concern • Microplastic Pollution, and Marine Debris • Aquatic Invasive Species • Harmful Algal Blooms and Associated Toxins • Nuisance Flooding • Erosion and Sediment Control

Eligibility Requirements

Only enrolled graduate students in good academic standing attending an accredited college or university (public or private) in North Carolina may apply. Students must have a faculty sponsor willing to ensure the project and associated required reporting will be completed. Post-doctoral fellows are not eligible for funding under this RFP. Undergraduate students may not apply directly for funding, but undergraduate participation in the proposed projects is encouraged. Only one proposal per student is allowed.

There is no limit to the number of students for whom a faculty member may serve as the sponsor.



Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

November 12, 2021