Florida Sea Grant is pleased to announce a special research funding opportunity focused on coastal resilience. Please widely distribute this email to your faculty, and pay particular attention to the fact that the research priorities identified below may best fit with the expertise of faculty in social science departments – so please help us get this announcement to faculty in departments such as urban and regional planning.


We intend to fund up to three research projects, each at a maximal level of $200,000, for the period from December 1, 2014 to August 31, 2016. The deadline for receipt of proposals is July 15 (before 4 PM). No late proposals will be accepted. As with all Sea Grant – funded projects, the funding ultimately is dependent on our receipt of anticipated funds from NOAA, and in turn, from Congress.

Proposals must be responsive to one of the following topics, and it is required that Principal Investigators work with end-users to formulate project plans that have a clear description of how the results are being conveyed to those communities, businesses or residents.

  • Develop innovative approaches that help coastal communities implement policies and plans that increase resilience to coastal hazards.
  • Develop innovative approaches that change the behavior of coastal businesses and/or residents so that they are more resilient when making decisions and taking actions in a risk-prone environment.

Proposals that are not responsive, i.e., do not address one of these priorities and/or do not have clear and specific interactions with end-users will not be considered. Responsive proposals will receive three external peer reviews and be evaluated by members of a review panel, following our normal process for research project selection. The panel review will occur on September 18, and we expect to notify successful investigators on or before October 3.