The Long Island Sound Study Research Grant Program

Sea Grant Programs Requesting Proposals for 2020 LISS Grant Program

The Connecticut and New York Sea Grant Programs are soliciting preliminary proposals for the 2020 Long Island Sound Study Research Grant Program. The proposals are invited for the funding period of March 1, 2021 to February 28, 2023. Any investigator seeking support for this period must submit a preliminary proposal via NYSG’s electronic submission website by June 8 at 5:00 pm edt. About  $3 million in funding is expected to be available for one- or two-year projects. The intent of the grant program is to fund research that will support the management of Long Island Sound and its resources.  For a copy of the complete RFP please refer to:


Scientific research provides a key to better understanding and more effectively managing Long Island Sound. Recognizing the important role that research plays in decision-making, the EPA Long Island Sound Office, Connecticut Sea Grant (CTSG), and New York Sea Grant (NYSG) developed a cooperative program to fund research in support of the Long Island Sound Study. Initiated in 1999, the Long Island Sound Research Grant Program awards funds to researchers whose work helps meet the needs of decision-makers to improve the management of Long Island Sound.

UConn Marine Scientist Penny Vlahos, center, collecting water quality data onboard a university research vessel Vlahos is part of the Long Island Sound Respire Program, a UConn research team that is investigating the respiration process at 10 locations in the Sound to better understand how oxygen is used by aquatic life. The project was funded in 2019 through the LISS Research Grant Program. Photo credit: CT Sea Grant.

Biennial Research Conference

The Long Island Sound Study in cooperation with the New York and Connecticut Sea Grant Programs holds a biennial research conference featuring dozens of presentations by scientists conducting research in Long Island, including projects funded through the Long Island Sound Study research grant program. The last conference was held in March 2019. Here is an agenda from the conference, which is posted on the New York Sea Grant website.

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