Student Team Competition on Resilience

Funding Agency:
North Carolina Sea Grant

North Carolina Sea Grant has launched the inaugural Coastal Resilience Team Competition. The program will provide up to $20,000 for student teams to conduct two-year projects that will lead to more resilient habitats and communities on the North Carolina coastal plain. Each team will include two to four members, including at least one graduate student, who will serve as the project lead, and at least one undergraduate, who will assist.

Each team will conduct research that addresses one or more of these focus areas:

  • the impacts of higher groundwater levels on forest, agriculture, and community infrastructure;
  • how changing precipitation patterns impact salinity levels in estuarine systems;
  • the impact of higher temperatures on submerged aquatic vegetation communities in North Carolina;
  • how coastal communities can engage underserved populations to better prepare them for future disasters;
  • how aquaculture practices can buffer the industry against disasters;
  • the economic impact of climate change on N.C. coastal communities, including the effects on different sectors and populations; and
  • additional research topics that address how coastal North Carolina can become more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Proposals should explain how the proposed teams’ research and related outreach will benefit underserved and underrepresented communities.

The winning team will present their findings to North Carolina Sea Grant’s advisory board. Sea Grant’s science communicators also will work with the winners to publicize the team’s research through an array of products and media, as appropriate.

Deadline: Oct. 29, 2021

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Project teams should be based around at a minimum a two-member team made up of a Graduate Student lead, and an Undergraduate participant. Teams may contain additional students, up to a maximum of 4 students. The additional team members may be either graduate or undergraduate students. Only graduate students in good academic standing, attending an accredited North Carolina university or college are eligible to apply. Team members do not have to be located at the same institution. The role of each team member must be clearly outlined as part of the application (see below). NC Sea Grant expects team leads will be later-career graduate students to ensure they have the experience needed to oversee the project team and ensure the project is completed.

North Carolina Sea Grant strongly encourages proposals from teams that include students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and at Minority Serving Institutions, and/or students from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

October 29, 2021