Grants-In-Aid of Graduate Research Program

Request for Proposals 2018-2019 - THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Please visit our website again for the pending 2019-2020 Competition Announcement in mid-Spring 2019.


Please review our Request for Proposals Guideline document at this link:  Grants-In-Aid Request for Proposals 2018-2019.


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

The grants provide research support 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 the 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 evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Intellectual Merit of the proposed research (50%)
  • Broader Impacts of the proposed research (30%)
  • Letters of Reference (20%)

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

Proposals may request no more than $2,000. Funds may be used only for expenses directly related to the student's graduate research, such as fieldwork expenses, laboratory analysis, purchase of testing materials, etc. 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, 2018: Call for proposals released
  • April 6, 2018: Proposals due to Texas Sea Grant by 5:00 PM CDT - no exceptions
  • May 21, 2018: Applicants notified
  • June 1, 2018: Grant initiation
  • May 15, 2019: Final Project Report due by 5:00 PM CDT
  • May 31, 2019: Grant completion

Submission Process:

Students should submit a proposal as one single PDF document that includes the 5 elements in the order listed below. Proposals should be sent to Mia Zwolinski, Texas Sea Grant Research Coordinator, via email at Upon receipt, students will receive a confirmation email.

PROPOSAL CONTENT REQUIRED 5 ELEMENTS (page limit: no more than 8 total pages per proposal application file):

1. Cover Page (limit 1 page) including all in the following order:

  • Title of the proposal;
  • Student's name and contact information - school address, phone number and email address;
  • Faculty Advisor Name;
  • Degree pursuing and field of study;
  • Academic Department, College and University/Institution; and
  • Proposal Summary or Abstract of 100 words or less.

2. Proposal Narrative (limit 2 pages) including the following three sections with headers:

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

3. Literature Cited (limit 1 page): Relevant to proposed research. Literature Cited page IS NOT COUNTED towards the Proposal Narrative 2 page limit. 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 (limit 1 page per letter):  One of the letters must be from the student's Graduate Advisor. Those referees desiring confidentiality may send letters directly to this link: ConfidentialLetterOfSupport.

5. Resume/CV (limit 2 pages).

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.