Funding Information (RFPs)

Request for Proposals

Michigan Sea Grant sends out a Request for Proposals every two years. The next RFP will be released in December 2017 and will include a call for several types of research proposals, including Integrated Assessments, core research and graduate fellowships. Research proposals are selected for funding through a competitive, peer-reviewed process.

2015 RFP Important Links

Research Approach

Michigan Sea Grant currently supports three types of research:

  • Integrated Assessment – Research that uses integrated methods to address important social and ecological issues affecting the Great Lakes ecosystem and communities;
  • Core Research – Focused on issues currently affecting the Great Lakes ecosystem;
  • Graduate Student Research Fellowships – Funding for graduate students for one or two years.

For more information see: Research Approach 


Researchers from any accredited university in the state of Michigan are eligible to apply as a principal investigator. However, project teams are not limited to university researchers or Michigan residents.

Graduate student research fellowships will support a graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) enrolled at an accredited Michigan university with support of a faculty member from that institution and from an agency sponsor.


Questions may be submitted to the Michigan Sea Grant Research Program by emailing

2015 RFP Timeline

  • IA and core research pre-proposals due: March 6, 2015
  • Invitations for full proposals sent: April 10, 2015
  • Graduate Student Research Fellowship proposals due: May 29, 2015
  • IA and core research full proposals due: May 29, 2015
  • Project start date: February 1, 2016

Key Points:

  • Researchers at Michigan universities are eligible to lead as PIs.
  • Three funding opportunities are available: Integrated Assessment, core research and graduate research fellowship.
  • 50% non-federal match required.
  • Projects carried out from Feb. 2016 through 2018.

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