Coastal Resilience Team Competition, Request for Proposals; NC Sea Grant

North Carolina Sea Grant (NC Sea Grant) is accepting applications for the inaugural Coastal Resilience Team Competition. This program provides an opportunity for teams of North Carolina-based graduate and undergraduate students to conduct projects that will lead to more resilient habitats and communities within the NC Coastal Plain. Project teams must conduct objective/hypothesis-based research that addresses one or more of the following broad focus areas (in no order of importance):

  • What are the impacts of higher groundwater levels on forest, agriculture, and community infrastructure?
  • How will changing precipitation patterns impact salinity levels in estuarine systems?
  • How will SAV communities in NC respond to higher temperature?
  • How can coastal communities engage underserved populations to better prepare them for future disasters?
  • What aquaculture practices can be utilized to buffer the industry against disasters?
  • How will the economic costs of climate change impact NC coastal communities, and how will different sectors and populations be affected?
  • Additional research topics that address becoming more resilient to the impacts of climate change in coastal NC will also be considered.

Proposed work should relate to:

Project Teams/Eligibility

Project teams should be based around at a minimum a two-member team made up of a Graduate Student lead, and an Undergraduate participant. Teams may contain additional students, up to a maximum of 4 students. The additional team members may be either graduate or undergraduate students. Only graduate students in good academic standing, attending an accredited North Carolina university or college are eligible to apply. Team members do not have to be located at the same institution. The role of each team member must be clearly outlined as part of the application (see below). NC Sea Grant expects team leads will be later-career graduate students to ensure they have the experience needed to oversee the project team and ensure the project is completed.

Application Requirements

All applications must include the following elements.

  • A research proposal (described below).
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) for each member of the project team, limited to 2 pages per CV.
  • The lead graduate student’s major professor must provide a letter of support outlining the student’s qualifications and abilities to undertake/oversee this team project.
  • A data management plan, limited to 2 pages.


The Graduate Student lead should prepare and submit the application. Application materials must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. Applications will only be accepted through the eSeaGrant portal. This portal can be accessed at: The portal will walk you through submitting all required elements of the proposal. Incomplete or late applications will not be eligible. The portal will automatically close at the deadline.

For more information about this opportunity and how to apply, go to: