Investigating Great Lakes Coastal Issues

Michigan Sea Grant supports research teams that study an array of issues affecting the Great Lakes and Michigan’s coastal areas. Research funded by MSG will contribute to improved understanding of coastal issues, as guided by our strategic plan. MSG brings together innovative research teams from Michigan universities, and where possible, leverages active research programs conducted by federal and state agencies.

The goals of our research program include providing science-based information that can help decision makers in real-life situations and that provide more insights into the Great Lakes ecosystem. Our extension educators and communications team convey research findings back to a variety of audiences on four of the five Great Lakes. The MSG research program supports both the Integrated Assessment and the more traditional, data-gathering approach to research.

Research Portfolio Approach

MSG supports three approaches to research:

  • Integrated Assessment
    Research that uses Integrated Assessment methods to address important social and ecological issues affecting the Great Lakes. 
  • Core Research
    Basic core research on issues currently affecting the Great Lakes ecosystem. 
  • Fellowships
    Graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) research fellowships for one or two years.

For more information on the MSG Research Program, see: Approach

For more information on the MSG research fellowship, see: Michigan Sea Grant Graduate Student Fellowship

Researcher Tools

Michigan Sea Grant provides guidance to research team relating to the conditions of the award, acknowledgements, data management and more.

For publication and reporting guidelines, see: Researcher Tools

Request for Proposals

Michigan Sea Grant sends out a request for proposals (RFP) for research projects every two years. The next RFP will be released in January 2017.

For more information on these opportunities, see: RFP funding page

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MSG-Funded Research

To explore research projects supported by Michigan Sea Grant, explore the Current Projects and Research Themes pages. There you will find information on current and past projects, including a short description of the project and links to any publications resulting from that project.

To read about research projects currently underway, see: Current Projects

To explore MSG-funded research projects by theme, see: Research Themes

MSG Conducts Research

Michigan Sea Grant also conducts research that align with program goals. For example, the program has recently received grant money from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to pursue several projects under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and received support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Michigan State Housing Development Authority to assist researcher in developing tools for coastal communities.