USC Sea Grant is currently accepting requests for proposals focused on Contaminants of Emerging Concern. If interested in applying for the funding, please fill out our Notice of Intent Form by Friday, May 6th, 2022 at 9 am PT.


Funding Opportunity Information:

Contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) are increasingly detected in surface water and groundwater, posing risks to the Nation’s drinking waters and aquatic life. CECs include, but are not limited to: pharmaceuticals, personal care or household cleaning products, industrial chemicals (e.g., per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)), lawn care and agricultural products, and microfibers. The National Sea Grant Office is seeking to fund at least two proposals for regionally-focused competitive research programs that will strengthen Sea Grant’s efforts to reduce the presence of these unwanted substances in aquatic environments. Between $200,000 and $600,000 may be requested for the proposed program. Applications require the standard 50% non-federal match for Sea Grant projects. The competitive research programs will seek to fund project(s) which integrate the following three major objectives: research and monitoring efforts, partnerships with state agencies, and collaboration with underserved communities. Applications will be submitted to the National Sea Grant Office in partnership with a local Sea Grant Program.


An overview of the full funding announcement can be viewed here.


Timeline of RFP:

  • Friday, May 6th, 2022: Submit Notification of Interest Form to USC Sea Grant by Friday, May 6th, 2022 by 9:00 am PT. Please click here to complete and submit the form to USC Sea Grant.
  • May 10th, 2022: Selected Researchers are notified by USC Sea Grant of invitation to submit a full proposal
  • June 2, 2022: Full proposals are due by June 2, 2022. Final submission of the full grant package must be submitted to USC Sea Grant by 5:00 pm PT