North Carolina Sea Grant

February 1, 2023 | Dave Shaw

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Cayla Cothron,
or John Fear,

North Carolina Sea Grant has launched its second Coastal Resilience Team Competition. The program will provide up to $20,000 for one or more 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. 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.

“I think this is a great program that provides the opportunity to develop the skills to collaborate with other researchers, which is necessary to succeed in our field,” says Anne Smiley, a graduate student in the Department of Earth, Marine, and Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the lead on last year’s winning team. “I hope to see this program continue for many years to come.”

Each team will conduct research that addresses resilience in one or more of these areas:

Ecosystem Resilience

 Community Resilience

 Economic Resilience

North Carolina Sea Grant also will consider additional research topics that relate to these three focus areas.

Each winning team will present their findings to North Carolina Sea Grant’s advisory board. Sea Grant’s science communicators also will collaborate with the winners to inform specialized and lay audiences about the research.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2023.

For more information, access the full Request for Proposals.

Read about last year’s winners here.

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