Ocean Protection Council opens up grant cycle

California projects on aquaculture, ocean acidification and others are eligible for $6 million in grants.

STATEWIDE — California’s Ocean Protection Council (OPC), in conjunction with USC Sea Grant Program and California Sea Grant, are seeking proposals for the Proposition 84 Competitive Grant Program. The funding program helps implement scientific research projects on a variety of marine-themed issued.

The current granting cycle will specifically provide funding in six broad areas: ocean acidification and hypoxia; sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; sea level rise adaptation and coastal resilience; coastal sediment management; marine pollution; and, marine renewable energy.

Eligible institutions can request between $85,000 and $250,000, for up to three years. In all $6 million will be available to support research projects in the six priority fields.

All projects receiving funding must specifically benefit the state of California.

California Sea Grant will be reviewing grant proposals for projects focusing on ocean acidification and sustainable fisheries/aquaculture. Projects proposed in the other four categories must be submitted to USC’s Sea Grant program.

Proposals can be submitted to California Sea Grant via eseagrant2.ucsd.edu or USC Sea Grant via usc.eseagrant.ecision.com.

An informational webinar will be held Feb. 20. All pre-proposals are due by 5 p.m. (Pacific Time), March 15. The application review period continues until October; awards become effective Dec. 1.

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