North Carolina Sea Grant provides research, education and outreach opportunities relating to current issues affecting the North Carolina coast and its communities. As part of a national network of Sea Grant programs, we align our focus with national goals set by the National Sea Grant College Program.

We facilitate funding of millions of state and federal dollars to conduct university-based research, outreach and education programs each year. Our initiatives and projects touch a broad range of topics, outlined in Program Areas.

This research fuels outreach and education programs that promote discovery, learning, new research and awareness across the state and the nation.


Through integrated research and outreach efforts, North Carolina Sea Grant enhances the sustainable use of ocean, coastal and watershed resources, benefitting communities, economies and ecosystems.


North Carolina Sea Grant is a key leader in addressing the state’s urgent and long-term needs in ocean, coastal and watershed resource management. The program shares sound science, develops educational excellence, and builds extensive and effective partnerships.

Strategic Plan

North Carolina Sea Grant’s  2024-2027 Strategic Plan addresses how we will meet the goals set at the national level with what we do in the state. We also provide specific returns on investments on the federal and state funding we receive.