MIT Sea Grant (MITSG) works to promote the conservation and sustainable development of marine resources through research, education, and outreach. With its innovations in ocean engineering and marine science, MITSG is one of the 33 Sea Grant College Programs nationwide founded in 1966 by Congress and funded by the US Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
MIT Sea Grant sponsors a wide variety of marine research through annual funding opportunities open to Massachusetts university-based researchers. In-house research includes the work of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Lab, and the Design Lab for naval architecture and systems. The Marine Advisory Services group conducts research in marine bioinvasions, water quality, climate change, fishing communities, and policy. MITSG also offers innovative marine science education programs that include hands-on training and mentoring of high school and college students to become the next generation of ocean science and engineering researchers.
MIT Sea Grant sponsors symposia and workshops, publishes reports, and works with local governments, businesses, and organizations to transfer technology and information to a wide range of audiences. Community partners and MITSG advisory committees include individuals from academic circles, nongovernment organizations, industry leaders, and state and local government agencies. Constituents include Massachusetts coastal communities, seafood harvesters and consumers, fellow ocean scientists and engineers, and the general public relying on the ocean for sustenance, energy, recreation, travel, and wonder.
Graduate and undergraduate MIT and visiting students participate in many Sea Grant research projects with support available to them from UROP or from their home institutions.
For more information, contact the director, Professor Chryssostomos Chryssostomidis, Room E38-300, 617-253-7131.