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South Atlantic Sea Grant Programs Seek Regional Proposals to Address Impacts of Coastal Flooding

Oct 9, 2019

The South Atlantic Sea Grant programs, which include South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, are seeking research proposals that quantify the impacts of flooding on access to infrastructure and the associated economic costs to coastal communities.

This regional funding opportunity addresses common priorities of Sea Grant programs in the Southeast and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management in the South Atlantic Region. By partnering, the programs leverage their resources to support community-based, collaborative projects that tackle challenges and provide solutions at a regional scale.

Flooded street in downtown Charleston. Photo: S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

This year, the South Atlantic Sea Grant directors named the regional project in honor of Dr. Karl Havens, former director of Florida Sea Grant, who passed away on April 26, 2019.

“Karl was instrumental in launching our previous regional collaborative project and helped us develop the concept behind this request for proposals. For this and for all of Karl’s contributions to our Sea Grant programs, we thought it would be appropriate to remember him by naming this regional effort in his honor,” says Mark Risse, director of Georgia Sea Grant.

Research proposals must establish links between coastal flooding events, key infrastructure, and the economic disruptions flooding causes to communities in the coastal zone, and include locations from each of the four states which are vulnerable to flooding. Successful proposals will have been developed and implemented in close collaboration with end-users, who will be able to use the results to guide actions that address flooding issues to protect and/or increase access to infrastructure in coastal communities. Regional proposals are required to be collaborative in nature and will include one Principal Investigator (PI) from each of the four states: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

One proposal will be recommended for funding for two years for up to $400,000 upon peer-review of all proposals submitted. The budget for each state PI is limited to $100,000 over the two-year grant period; the lead PI may include an additional $25,000 for costs to serve as the lead project manager. A match of one non-federal dollar is required for every four federal dollars requested.

View the RFP Details

Interested investigators and prospective collaborators from each state must contact their respective state Sea Grant program directors to discuss collaboration ideas and budget requirements. Full regionally integrated proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on October 25, 2019 via the Georgia eSeaGrant online portal .