Center for Ocean Engineering


posted 2/22/21:

calling all scholars!
To learn more about the scholarship program, eligibility, and application
information, visit or email
The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Scholarship
Program is now accepting applications! Rising juniors, seniors,
and graduate students pursuing educations and careers in naval
engineering related fields can earn $4,000 in scholarships,
membership in the seventh oldest technical society in the U.S., and
recognition in the premier technical journal for naval engineering, the
Naval Engineers Journal.
Application Deadline: March 5, 2021.
posted 2/17/21:
Good afternoon,
MIT Sea Grant provides competitive funding opportunities for Massachusetts university-based research scientists who seek to address marine issues in ways that benefit the Commonwealth.
We are still accepting pre-proposals for our FY2022 Core Request for Proposals, outlined below. Pre-proposals are due by 5:00 pm ET on February 19, 2021. Please contact MIT Sea Grant Research Program Coordinator Mary Newton Lima with any questions.
Deadline for pre-proposals: February 19, 2021 by 5:00 pm ET
In 2022, MIT Sea Grant will focus our funding resources on the following four specific areas of marine research:
1. Offshore aquaculture: The focus is on novel technologies to enable offshore installation and operation. We particularly encourage submissions within three topic areas:
  • “Intelligent nets” capable of sensing changing environmental parameters, controlling water flow, and monitoring fish movements for monitoring at-sea conditions, infrastructure, and operations.
  • Autonomy for surface and underwater craft for inspection and maintenance of offshore farms – autonomy algorithms should be open, extensible, and applicable to a wide variety of platforms and missions
  • Very low power physical, chemical, or biological sensors for farm monitoring
2. Ocean acidification: The focus is on ocean monitoring using physics-based data inference, fusing diverse sources of data with a focus on, but not limited to, computer monitoring systems for Boston Harbor or the Gulf of Maine. Data from drifters, buoys, and satellite sources are all of interest.
3. Technology for observation and underwater manipulation: Focusing particularly on shallow water applications, this area builds on past topics in underwater re-charging, wireless power transmission, and data communication. Principal obstacles in underwater monitoring and manipulation include:
  • Re-charging rapidly and effectively; re-charging using renewable energy devices
  • Transferring data reliably at high rates
  • Equipping underwater and surface vehicles with manipulation capabilities targeting aquaculture applications
4. Machine learning for fisheries management: Monitoring and assessment of fisheries resources is a timely, costly, and resource intensive process. Advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning for computer assisted image recognition, quantification, and real-time monitoring of target species is a need expressed by a variety of stakeholders, including local, state, and federal resource managers, industry participants, and local communities. Research that supports and/or leads to the development of user-friendly systems for commercial, recreational, and species of concern to assist in monitoring and assessments would support the MIT Sea Grant Focus Area, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture. This technology can be applied to both wild and aquaculture fisheries.
Key Deadlines (see full schedule)
  • February 19, 2021:Pre-proposals due by 5:00 pm
  • April 13, 2021:Encouragement/non-encouragement of Full Proposal submissions sent to PIs
  • May 18, 2021:Full proposals due by 5:00 pm
Please review the proposal submission process and contact Research Program Coordinator Mary Newton Limawith any questions. We are eager to help you compile and submit a competitive proposal.
The MIT Sea Grant College Program