Funding Opportunities

Request for Proposals: Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) Abundance Estimate in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Region

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) is accepting proposal submissions to estimate the abundance of red snapper in the U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico. Projects must use the design criteria described in the funding request. This funding opportunity is to develop an independent abundance estimate of Age-2 and older red snapper. Read more about this funding opportunity.


2018-2020 Research Program

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium has released a request for pre-proposals for its 2018-2020 Research Program. Projects selected for funding will address coastal issues in Alabama and Mississippi through innovative research.

  • Read the full request for preproposals here.
  • Read the online eSeaGrant instructions here.
  • Read our 2018-2021 Strategic Plan here.

We invite pre-proposal submissions that address research priorities in three focus areas: healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and resilient communities and economies. A review of MASGC’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan describes the strategic direction for this funding announcement. 

We anticipate approximately $400,000 per year in federal and state funding in 2018 and 2019 for this request. The recommended funding level for an individual project shall not exceed $65,000 per year of federal support, including all facilities and administrative costs (F&A). One-year projects and projects requesting lower annual amounts of funding will also be considered. In addition, a 50-percent match of the federal funds (i.e., 1 dollar of match for every 2 dollars of federal money) is required for this competition.

Pre-proposals are due Feb. 17, 2017, and should be submitted using our online eSeaGrant system. Instructions for using eSeaGrant can be found here.

Webinar to discuss RFP

A webinar to discuss the RFP and the eSeaGrant system was held Jan. 18, 2017. You can view the webinar on our YouTube channel

For more information, contact Research Coordinator Loretta Leist at 228-818-8835 or


2017 NOAA Sea Grant Marine, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative

The 2017 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative includes two competitive funding opportunities. The first competition is focused on projects that show great promise to increase aquaculture production in the near future by clearly addressing major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States United States marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture production. Letters of intent are due Monday, March 27, 2017. Submit a single PDF following the guidance in the Federal Funding Opportunity on pages 8 and 9 [ Section IV. B. 1) a) b) and c) ] to Loretta Leist at

The second competition is focused on projects that may be earlier in the exploratory/development phase that show promise to contribute to the expansion of sustainable marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture in the United States. Read more

Proposals are due to MASGC by April 11, 2017. Contact Loretta Leist ( for application instructions.   

Program Development

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) has a limited amount of funding available each year for Program Development (PD) projects. The purpose of PD funding is to support investigators in Alabama and Mississippi to conduct research, education and outreach projects in one of the MASGC four focus areas. PD grants support small-scale projects, which ultimately leverage larger grants and funding opportunities, and allow scientists to rapidly respond to emerging issues. Requests are generally limited to a maximum of $10,000 in funding and are for a one-year period. PD proposals are accepted by MASGC at any time during the year. These proposals may be peer reviewed. Approval is dependent on the availability of funds, relevance and technical merit.

For more details, contact Loretta Leist at