We are charged by Congress to conduct scientific research that enhances the sustainable use and conservation of our coastal and marine resources

Request for proposals (RFP)

We issue an RFP in the fall of each even-numbered year for 2-year projects that begin early in the next even-numbered year. Our next RFP will be issued in Fall 2022. We seek proposals in the natural and social sciences that focus on the environmental and economic viability of Alaska's coastal communities. In addition to their scientific merit and relevance, research projects must contribute to one or more of our strategic focus areas and must incorporate outreach to communities or stakeholders. Additional favorable consideration is given to proposals that

  • increase impact through critical links, such as the link of ecosystem research to broader socio-cultural or management issues
  • include graduate students who will become the next generation of scientists and managers
  • efficiently use funds through leveraging, partnerships, or new uses of existing data or techniques
  • include meaningful collaboration with industry, agencies, communities, or other stakeholders

Learn more about the types of funding opportunities and graduate student fellowships available through Alaska Sea Grant.

VIDEO: Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Whale Watching in Juneau, Alaska

Project summary: Whale watching is a global multibillion-dollar industry that provides economic benefits as well as increased environmental awareness and conservation advocacy. As the whale watch industry grows, the health of whale populations and thus the viability of the industry may be jeopardized if whale watch pressure changes foraging behavior or causes chronic stress. Investigator: Heidi Pearson, University of Alaska Southeast