The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium advances knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment through research, education, and extension.

Providing for research that results in sound scientific data used to promote wise decision-making about New Jersey’s coastal and marine resources is at the heart of NJSGC’s mission.

The Education Program at the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium holds a wide variety of programs directed towards advancing greater understanding and stewardship of our state’s marine and coastal resources.

The primary goal of Extension is to provide useful information to people employed or interested in fields related to marine resources from fishermen, coastal engineers, maritime industry personnel, resource managers, and decision makers to the general public.

The Communications Department provides comprehensive services to the Consortium and its project partners by using all possible means and mediums including, print, computer/web-based technology, video, radio, and broadcast television.

News & Events

NMFS/Sea Grant Fellowship Deadlines Extended!

January 31st, 2019

NOAA recently announced that the deadline for NMFS/Sea Grant fellowship funding opportunities is now EXTENDED!

Applications for the 2019 NMFS/Sea Grant Fellowship Program in both Population and Ecosystem Dynamics AND Marine Resource Economics are now due to local Sea Grant offices by Thursday, February 28th, 2019 (5pm EST). The previous deadline was set for January 30th, 2019.

Please visit NJSGC’s research website for more information.

Request for Proposals: Undergraduate Summer Research Mini-Grant

January 15th, 2019

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) is an affiliation of colleges, universities and other groups dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment and a sustainable future for New Jersey’s coastal resources. Its mission is achieved through its research, education and extension programs.

The education and professional development of future marine scientists is a major goal of NJSGC’s strategic plan. To help achieve this, NJSGC provides summer research opportunities for undergraduates enrolled at New Jersey’s colleges and universities.  In 2019, NJSGC anticipates funding one (1) $2000 mini-grant for summer research. Research must be student led with support from a faculty mentor.  Interested students should consult with their faculty mentor as well as read the most recent NJSGC omnibus research RFP  for potential project ideas that support NJSGC’s research priorities as stated in the RFP. Research should be conducted between May and September with final reporting due for the funded project by end of February 2020.

View the full RFP here.  The deadline is March 28th, 2019.

New CSAP Publications

January 15th, 2019

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, in association with Connecticut Sea Grant and New York Sea Grant, supported the release of several new journal articles through the Coastal Storm Awareness Program (CSAP):

Efficacy and Authority of the Message Sender During Emergency Evacuations: A Mixed Methods Study (Elisabeth J. Ploran, Mary Anne Trasciatti, E. Christa Farmer)

Plans and Prospects for Coastal Flooding in Four Communities Affected by Sandy (Gabrielle Wong-Parodi, Baruch Fischhoff, Ben Strauss)

Improving Coastal Storm Evacuation Messages (Cara L. Cuite, Rachel L. Shwom, William K. Hallman, Rebecca E. Morss, Julie L. Demuth)

Motivating Action under Uncertain Conditions: Enhancing Emergency Briefings during Coastal Storms (Rachel Hogan Carr, Burrell Montz, Kathryn Semmens, Keri Maxfield, Stephanie Hoekstra, Elizabeth Goldman)

Fellowship Deadlines Approaching for 2019

January 4th, 2019

Deadlines for the fellowships listed below are fast approaching! All application information can now be downloaded directly through the NJSGC website at

Message from New Jersey Sea Grant:

Several of the listed NOAA websites and associated links are not available at this time due to a lapse in appropriation and the current government shutdown. We will update as soon are more information is available. If you are unable to access a specific document, please contact

Underwater Exploration at Jenkinson’s Aquarium, 2019 Dates Announced!

December 7th, 2018

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium hosts “Underwater Exploration,” an exciting three-hour program that takes place at Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant and is suitable for students from grades 5-12. The dates now available for 2019 are listed below:

Thursday, January 31
Tuesday, February 12
Wednesday, February 20
Friday, March 1

The program is divided into three parts: introduction and hands-on activities, building and testing ROVs of students’ designs, and operating an ROV in an exhibit tank to observe resident sea life. For more information, please visit the field trips section of our website.

Spots are extremely limited, so educators are urged to contact Diana Burich at 732-872-1300 x16 to book now.

Now Accepting ‘Request for Proposals’ for Next NJSGC Funding Cycle

December 5th, 2018

Please click here for two updated requests for proposals (RFP’s) for New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s next funding cycle (2/1/2020 to 1/31/2022). One is for small-scale pilot studies (program development or PD grants), the other is for mid-range and larger research projects.

Research projects within New Jersey’s coasts and watersheds in the following strategic focus areas will be reviewed regardless of funding category: (1) Healthy Coastal Ecosystems; (2) Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture; (3) Resilient Communities and Economies, and (4) Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development.  Please consult the attached RFPs for details including research priorities, submission deadlines, formatting instructions, and evaluation and eligibility criteria.

We anticipate supporting up to four (4) PD projects at up to $5,000 per award for one year, up to seven (7) mid-range projects with a maximum budget of $20,000 per year for two years, and up to five (5) larger projects with a maximum budget of $70,000 per year for two years.  All awards are contingent on availability of federal funds. Be aware that budgets require a 50% non-federal cost match for each proposal ($1 match for every $2 of Sea Grant funding) and only non-federal funds may be used for the matching contribution.

Please note that proposals for mid-range and larger awards require a preliminary proposal which must be submitted by January 22, 2019.  PD grants do not require a pre-proposal.  Applications for these studies must be received by June 17, 2019.

Investigators are encouraged to discuss proposal ideas and/or direct questions regarding the application process to the following NJSGC personnel.

For general submission questions:  Ms. Lisa Aromando, Sea Grant Program Associate, 732-872-1300, x 10,

For questions on collaborations, research priorities, evaluation criteria, extension, and data management: Dr. Peter Rowe, Director of Research and Extension, 732-872-1300, x 31,

For questions on budget preparation: Mr. Augustine Anfuso, Fiscal Officer, 732-872-1300, x 26,

The two RFP’s can also be accessed on our website. We look forward to receiving your applications and wish everyone the best of luck!

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