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A unique strength of North Carolina Sea Grant is our ability to test new ideas, augment ongoing research efforts, stimulate innovation and respond to short-range, critical needs.

We support small projects costing less than $10,000, typically 12 months in length, to allow scientists to gather samples and data when time is of the essence. The minigrant award may allow investigators to gather initial information or pilot test a whole new line of inquiry. Such early findings can subsequently spur major research and outreach efforts funded by other sources.

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Contact John Fear at or 919-515-9104 to ensure applicability of your proposal idea.


This opportunity is open.

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