Sea Grant Support

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Downeast Institute For Applied Marine Research And Education, Inc. $ 413,241   2021-09-012024-08-31
University Of Hawaii Systems $ 165,752   2020-11-012023-08-31
University Of Maine System $ 725,365   2018-09-012023-08-31
University Of Hawaii Systems $ 100,000   2021-02-012023-01-31
University Of Maine System $ 1,556,000   2019-10-012022-09-30
Natural Resources, South Carolina Department Of $ 278,310   2019-10-012022-09-30
Louisiana State University $ 205,732   2018-09-012022-09-30
Louisiana State University $ 492,681   2018-09-012022-09-30
University System Of New Hampshire $ 30,500   2018-04-012022-09-30
North Carolina State University $ 122,472   2019-10-012022-08-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

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.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Organizations and individuals with professional interest in marine affairs.


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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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.

Award Procedures

Awards are made competitively on the basis of proposal evaluation.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 180 days from time of proposal submission.


Not Applicable.


By negotiation with Sea Grant Office.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

None. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: n/a.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

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 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


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



(Project Grants) FY 16 $72,492,871; FY 17 est $74,789,001; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data 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

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

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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