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MASGC commits to interdisciplinary environmental scholarship and community-based natural resources management so that coastal and marine resources are conserved and managed for a sustainable economy and environment. The tools available in support of the MASGC mission are applied interdisciplinary research, communications, education, extension and legal services using both targeted and cross-cutting approaches. These tools are utilized at local, state, regional, national, and international arenas.

The MASGC 2014-2017 strategic plan identifies four focus areas:

  1. Healthy Coastal Ecosystems
  2. Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture 
  3. Resilience Communities and Economies 
  4. Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development

Funding in support of these focus areas is provided by Sea Grant through a biennial omnibus program, small programs development grants, jointly released funding opportunities with federal agencies, national strategic investments and fellowships. During proposal development, you will be required to submit numerous federal forms. To ease the application process MASGC provides downloadable versions of these forms. The Sea Grant Handbook offers administrative guidelines for the preparation, administration, and reporting of proposals to the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

Bi-State Research Funding (closed)
MASGC will welcome research projects in the following focus areas: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture and Resilient Communities and Economies.

Program Development (open)
The MASGC has a limited amount of funding available each year for Program Development (PD) projects. The purpose of PD funding is to allow researchers to rapidly respond to an immediate unforeseen opportunity. Requests are generally limited to a maximum of $10,000 in funding and are for a one-year period. PD proposals are accepted by MASGC at any time during the year. These proposals may be peer reviewed. Approval is dependent on the availability of funds and the relevance of the project to the MASGC strategic plan.

Dolpin Conservation
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service and the MASGC are Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Region Dolphin Conservation.

Hydrological restoration funding (closed)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Restoration Center and the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant College Programs have a competition to fund hydrological restoration projects. Projects must be submitted through an inventory.

National Strategic Investments
Requests for proposals are issued by the National Sea Grant Office at various times during the year. These National Strategic Initiatives focus on specific topics such as minority serving institutions, aquaculture, oysters, technology, aquatic nuisance species or other topics.

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship Program