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Community Collaborative Research Grants

The Community Collaborative Research Grant Program, or CCRG, is supported by North Carolina Sea Grant and the state’s Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI), in partnership with the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science (KIETS), at North Carolina State University.

CCRG projects use a collaborative research approach that couples the knowledge of community stakeholders with scientific experts to address urgent coastal issues that align with the missions and strategic plans of Sea Grant, WRRI, and KIETS — with an added emphasis this funding cycle on strategies and solutions for human health challenges caused by the changing climate.

Proposals also should align with North Carolina Sea Grant and WRRI’s vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility. CCRG strongly encourages proposals from people in traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities, including rural areas of North Carolina, as well as proposals that demonstrate how projects and related outreach will benefit those communities.

Recognizing that some student, faculty, and community partners have historically been underserved and under-targeted with research opportunities, and often are underrepresented in the sciences, we encourage submissions by and/or collaborations with African American, Hispanic, and Native American partners; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); and/or Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

The anticipated start date is May 1, 2024.


The application will close on January 26, 2024.

Application Materials


Contact John Fear at or Kaitlin Tucker at

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