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Program Descriptions

Program Number



Sea Grant Support


Federal Agency




Sea Grant College Program Improvement Act of 1976, Public Law 94-461, as amended, 33 U.S.C. 1121 et seq., as amended, Public Law 100-220; National Sea Grant College Program Act, Title III.






To support the establishment and operation of major university centers for marine resources research, education, and training and to support marine advisory services. Some individual efforts in these same areas also receive funding.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants may be used for research and development, education and training, and advisory services. Coherent area, institutional and Sea Grant College support is provided to some institutions. Grant money cannot be used to purchase, or construct ships or facilities.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Universities, colleges, junior colleges, technical schools, institutes, laboratories; any public or private corporation, partnership, or other association or entity; any State, political subdivision of a State or agency or officer thereof; any individual. Organizations and individuals with professional interest in marine affairs.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Proposals with statement of work and estimated budget. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-87 for State and local governments, A-21 for educational institutions, and A-122 for nonprofit organizations.


The standard application forms as furnished by the agency. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372 and OMB Circular No. A-102.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Made in a proposal to Headquarters Office or local Sea Grant program fully documenting need for grant and proposed amount. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A- 102.

Application Procedure

Awards are made competitively on the basis of proposal evaluation.

Award Procedure

Vary, RFPs listed in Federal Register.


From 90 to 180 days from time of proposal submission.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time



By negotiation with Sea Grant Office.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Projects designed to meet specified national needs may be supported up to 100 percent.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance



Post Assistance Requirements


Financial status reports and performance reports required quarterly. Final reports are required at the end of the support period.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), recipients that are States, Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations (to include Hospitals), and Institutions of Higher Learning shall be subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507). Commercial organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations; nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Grantees expected to maintain complete records for each grant to insure funds are used for purpose for which grant was made.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $51,250,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$5,000 to $3,900,000.


Program Accomplishments

Not available.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

45 CFR 600-635; Literature: Suggestions for Submission of Proposals and Administration of Grants, National Sea Grant Program (no charge). Federal Register Vol. 43, No. 70 dates April 1978 and Vol. 43, No. 153 dated August 8, 1978, Part III, Title 15, Chapter IX, Part 917. Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Director, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 713-2448.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

11.405, Anadromous Fish Conservation Act Program
11.407, Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act Of 1986
11.419, Coastal Zone Management Administration Awards
11.420, Coastal Zone Management Estuarine Research Reserves
11.430, Undersea Research
20.806, State Maritime Schools
20.807, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
47.050, Geosciences


Examples of Funded Projects

Cardiovascular, Anticancer, and Central Nervous System Drugs from Marine Organisms; Marine Fouling and Corrosion in seawater; Fisheries Oceanography; Population Dynamics; Fish Habitat relationship; Marine Finfish and shellfish aquaculture; Effect of pollutants on marine resources and Ecosystems; Seafood quality and safety; and coastal erosion.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are judged on the degree to which they contribute to the purposes of the Act, along with their relevance to the oceans, Great Lakes, and the marine environment. They are also judged on expected results and benefits, soundness of scientific approach, cost effectiveness, and other factors.


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