Pathways to Inclusive Research

This funding opportunity seeks to support research mentors in developing pilot research programs that broaden participation and a sense of belonging for undergraduate students from groups that are underrepresented and underserved in marine and coastal sciences, particularly Black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latine, female, nonbinary, first-generation college students, veterans, LGBTQIA2S+, and students with disabilities.

Applicants are encouraged to propose innovative and transformative pilot programs that offer guided research experiences and mentorship to students, with the goal of increasing retention in STEM and launching careers as leaders in coastal science. Research programs may utilize targeted disciplines, collaborations, or community-building approaches to create an inclusive research experience, including but not limited to:

Research topics and approaches that address questions related to environmental justice, socio-ecological systems, and interdisciplinary issues
Co-production of research with underserved communities
Developing research programs within or building research relationships with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)
Fostering a cohort experience for underrepresented students of similar lived experiences

Additionally, research projects should address one or more of California Sea Grant’s Strategic Focus Areas (described in more detail below):

Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies (RCCE)
Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA)
Healthy Coastal Ecosystems (HCE)

June 21, 2022, 1:00PM – 2:00PM PT: Optional Informational Webinar

July 1, 2022, 5:00PM PT: Letter of intent due in eSeaGrant

July 28, 2022, 5:00PM PT: Full proposals due in eSeaGrant.

Funding Agency

California Sea Grant



25,000 – 75,000

Funding Cycle

Application Deadline

July 1, 2022