Grants-In-Aid of Graduate Research Program

Request for Proposals for 2016 Grants-In-Aid of Graduate Research is closed.

Request for Proposals for 2017 will open early March, 2017


The Texas Sea Grant College Program's Grants-In-Aid of Graduate Research Program aims to promote scientific excellence and achievement by providing small grants in support of their research to graduate students enrolled at one of three Texas A&M University institutions.

The grants provide financial assistance to graduate students currently enrolled in Master's or Ph.D. programs at Texas A&M University in College Station (TAMU), Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) or Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) whose marine- or coastal-related research in any field of study is relevant to Texas, though not necessarily based in Texas.

We invite proposals from all disciplines, including natural, physical, social, behavioral and economic sciences and engineering. Grants are based on merit and, in part, on the financial needs of the applicant.


U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in graduate programs (Master's or equivalent, or Ph.D.) at TAMU, TAMUG or TAMUCC.

Selection Criteria:

Each proposal will be scored on the following criteria:

  • Intellectual Merit of the proposal (0-50 points)
  • Broader Impacts of the proposed study (0-30 points)
  • Reference Letters (0-20 points)

Only one proposal will be accepted per applicant. The decision of the Texas Sea Grant Grants-In-Aid of Research Committee is final.

Grants range from $500-$2,000 (with an average award of $1,200) and may be used only for expenses directly related to student's project, such as fieldwork, laboratory analysis, and purchase of testing materials. Funds are not to be used for travel to present at meetings or conferences, capital equipment, salaries, tuition, or room and board during the school year.


  • March 1, 2017: Call for proposals released
  • April 14, 2017: Proposals due to Texas Sea Grant by 4:00 PM CST - no exceptions
  • May 19, 2017: Applicants notified
  • June 1, 2017: Grant initiation
  • May 15, 2018 Final Project Report due by 4:00 PM CST
  • May 31, 2018: Grant completion

Application Process:

Students should submit an application file as one single PDF document including the 5 elements in the order listed below.

Please submit to Mia Zwolinski, Texas Sea Grant Research Coordinator, via email at

Application file contents of 5 elements:

1. Cover Page (limit 1 page) including:

  • Title of the proposal;
  • Student's name and contact information - address, phone number and email address; and
  • Proposal Summary or Abstract of 100 words or less.

2. Proposal Narrative (limit 2 pages) including:

  • Intellectual Merit: Purpose, rationale, methods to be used (what, why, how);
  • Broader Impacts: Expected results and outcomes; and
  • Amount Requested: Detailed budget and justification of costs (not to exceed $2,000).

3. Literature Cited relevant to proposed work (limit 1 page). The format of the literature citation section should follow that of any journal in the natural, physical or social sciences.

4. Two Letters of Reference: one letter must be from the student's Graduate Advisor.

5. Resume/CV (1 - 2 pages only).

For questions about the grant application process, please contact Mia Zwolinski, Texas Sea Grant Research Coordinator, by email at or by phone at 979-458-0449.