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Leveraging Grants

Senior Fellow Dr. Art Gold described the impact of a leveraging grant as follows: For the National Science Foundation Research Coordination Workshop in 2010, the Coastal Institute provided the funds that permitted a special issue of Ecological Engineering (a refereed journal) to be published that focused around the workshop topic (Managing Denitrification in Human Dominated Landscapes) with a Rhode Island scene on the cover. That issue received widespread circulation and the journal articles have been widely cited by researchers and decision makers around the world. URI Coastal Institute is acknowledged as the key sponsor — putting URI on the map.

Senior Fellows, individuals sponsored by a Fellow, e.g., students, or others whose project focus is in alignment with the mission of the Coastal Institute, may apply for funds to enhance sponsored projects. The range of grants varies widely and could support the development of a complex database crucial to the funded research or a luncheon for a site visit of the funding agency.

Eligible Applicants

Senior Fellows of the Coastal Institute and individuals sponsored by a Fellow are eligible for Coastal Institute funding opportunities. Both Catalyst and Leveraging Grants are also available to individuals who are not Senior Fellows, though it is likely that the majority of recipients will be from that group since these are the people who focus their research on coastal issues in alignment with the mission of the Coastal Institute. However, others may apply as long as the focus is equally in alignment. Those individuals may discover that they would in fact be eligible for Senior Fellow status.


Please submit an application, which will include:

  • statement of purpose,
  • how the grant serves to leverage a current research grant(s),
  • evidence of preparedness to use funds to achieve the purpose,
  • personnel involved,
  • budget with justification
  • timeline
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Shorebirds wade in the shallow coastal waters. Photo Credit: Jarret Katz

The purpose is not to support student stipends or tuition; rather, it is to ensure that any student engagement is innovative and interdisciplinary. The Coastal Institute looks favorably on proposals that involve numerous partners and participants at all levels of career development. Please highlight any aspects of the proposal that address a focus on social equity or economics within ecosystems.

In addition, the Coastal Institute is highly supportive of monitoring efforts and the maintenance and use of data streams. The proposal should list the PI, any co-leads and partners. Please submit with the subject header of Leveraging Grant: Your Topic to If you have questions, please contact or

Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis and funding is dependent upon quality of the proposal and its intended outcomes as well as availability of funds. Reviews are generally completed within 2-3 weeks. You may be contacted for a meeting or conference call.

Funded Proposals

Please assist in sustaining the value of the Coastal Institute by including credit to the Coastal Institute for any presentations, publications, or events, e.g., “This ________is made possible by the support/partial support of the URI Coastal Institute.” Please use the high resolution Coastal Institute logo where possible.

Recipients will be required to submit a final report and may be called upon to provide a brief report at the Coastal Institute Senior Fellows Annual Meeting.

Funded Leveraging Grants are highlighted on a public database.

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