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Pacific Islands Indigenous Science Competition

Statement of Interest due: September 1, 2023 5:00 PM (HST) submit via Google Forms or download form here and submit via email to

Full Proposal due: October 20, 2023 5:00 PM (HST) submit via email to

Proposal Templates and Documents


Proposals are requested for the 2023 University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (Hawai‘i Sea Grant) Pacific Islands Indigenous Science Competition. This is a pilot funding opportunity with the intention of eventually building Pacific Islands Indigenous Science funding into a regular bi-annual opportunity.

Many funding opportunities exist to support research initiatives that integrate Indigenous knowledge and Western science. A majority of these efforts are led by academic institutions that engage Indigenous communities in varying degrees of participation ranging from consultation to equitable co-production (David-Chavez 2018, Bohensky and Maru 2011). Knowledge production in these contexts attempts to integrate Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into existing Western research frameworks (Daniel 2019, Nadasdy 1999). While recognizing the value of partnership across Western and Indigenous sciences, this funding opportunity seeks to shift the focus and center Indigenous methodologies, protocols, and values in research.

With this intention in mind, Hawaiʻi Sea Grant will support between 2 and 4 projects, each in the $10,000 to $25,000 range, for a funding term of one year.

Support for proposal submission

To support applicants through the proposal submission process, Hawaiʻi Sea Grant will provide a number of services including:

Attendance is not a requirement of the application process. Informational Webinars will be recorded and posted here.

Biennial Research Competition

Hawai‘i Sea Grant supports a multidisciplinary, integrated program of applied research, outreach, and education addressing marine and coastal issues of public concern. Information generated by Hawai‘i Sea Grant-funded research reaches interested parties via Hawai‘i Sea Grant extension, education, and communications activities in Hawai‘i and via the national network.

The 2024–2026 program (CLOSED)

Faculty from universities and colleges; state, local and regional governments and organizations; and individuals in Hawai‘i and US Pacific territories are encouraged to apply.

Funding begins February 1, 2024 and ends January 31, 2026.

Funding requests may not exceed $50,000/year inclusive of indirect costs. Graduate Fellows are funded separately from the research award and bring an additional value of $41,982/year to selected projects. Hawaiʻi Sea Grant  will hold an informational webinar, on December 9, 2022 at 2:00 pm HST, to share information about the RFP and answer questions. The webinar will be recorded for those that can not participate in real time. Please register HERE.

Proposal Templates and Documents

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