North Carolina Sea Grant’s Coastal Resilience Team Competition provides up to $20,000 for student teams to conduct two-year projects that will lead to more resilient habitats and communities on the North Carolina coastal plain. Each team will include two to four members, including at least one graduate student, who will serve as the project lead, and at least one undergraduate, who will assist.

North Carolina Sea Grant strongly encourages proposals from teams that include students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and at Minority Serving Institutions, and/or students from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities.

Each team will conduct research that addresses one or more of these focus areas:
the impacts of higher groundwater levels on forest, agriculture, and community infrastructure;
how changing precipitation patterns impact salinity levels in estuarine systems;
the impact of higher temperatures on submerged aquatic vegetation communities in North Carolina;
how coastal communities can engage underserved populations to better prepare them for future disasters;
how aquaculture practices can buffer the industry against disasters;
the economic impact of climate change on North Carolina’s coastal communities, including the effects on different sectors and populations;
and additional research topics that address how coastal N.C. can become more resilient to the impacts of climate change.


This research opportunity is open. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on October 29, 2021.