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

The CCRG requires the use of a collaborative research approach that couples the knowledge of community stakeholders with academic experts in the field to address priority coastal issues that align with the mission and strategic plan of Sea Grant.

Proposals should align with North Carolina Sea Grant and the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute’s vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility. The programs strongly encourage 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 one or more of the following: African American, Hispanic and Native American partners, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

The start date is May 1, 2022.

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