Request for Proposals
Michigan Sea Grant is soliciting proposals for innovative research projects for the 2018-2020 funding period. MISG sends out RFPs for research projects every two years. Research proposals are selected for funding through a competitive, peer-reviewed process. MISG encourages researchers to submit a pre-proposal to solicit feedback that will help proposals be more competitive under this RFP.
Michigan Sea Grant will support three types of research this funding cycle:
- Integrated Assessment – Research that uses Integrated Assessment methods to address important social and ecological issues affecting the Great Lakes, up to $75,000 per year.
- Core Research – Basic core research on issues currently affecting the Great Lakes ecosystem, up to $100,000 per year.
- Graduate Student Research Fellowships – Graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) research fellowships for one or two years, up to $50,000 total per fellowship..
For details on these opportunities, see the Michigan Sea Grant 2017 Request for Research Pre-proposals (PDF). For details about the fellowship, see the Michigan Sea Grant Graduate Student Research Fellowship page.
2017 Important Links
The deadline for Integrated Assessment and Core Research pre-proposals is 5 p.m. March 3, 2017 (EST). Those who are encouraged to submit a full proposal will be contacted by Michigan Sea Grant by April 7. Full proposals are due by 5 p.m. on May 26, 2017. Projects begin in February 2018. Guidelines for full proposals will be posted on the website on April 7, 2017.
Graduate Student Research Fellowship proposals are due by 5 p.m. on May 26, 2017. Fellowships begin in 2018 or 2019, as appropriate.
Integrated Assessment Research Proposals
Michigan Sea Grant works in partnership with local, state, federal and tribal governments to identify a range of research topics for each funding cycle. Projects should address an RFP topic that meets the Integrated Assessment requirements.
Integrated Assessment topics for 2017:
- Ecological assessment and regional/community planning for southwest Michigan
- Lake Michigan fisheries management
- Littoral sediment management (beach and nearshore sediment management)
- Assessment and testing of innovative methods of public engagement to inform water policy;
- Alternate Integrated Assessment
Michigan Sea Grant is accepting proposals for core research projects starting in 2018. The projects will run for two years, and the maximum annual research project budget is $100,000 per year for a total of $200,000, including indirect costs. Lead scientists must have Principal Investigator standing at an accredited Michigan institution to be eligible for funding and provide 50% non-federal matching funds.
Graduate Student Research Fellowship
Michigan Sea Grant is offering one- to two-year fellowships from 2018-2020, totaling $50,000 per fellowship, for graduate students enrolled full-time at Michigan universities who are interested in research relevant to current Great Lakes ecological, habitat or fisheries management issues. This fellowship will provide tuition and stipend support for the student’s research and will enhance academic and professional development opportunities. For details about the fellowship, see the Michigan Sea Grant Graduate Student Research Fellowship page.
For more information see: Research Approach
Questions about the RFP?
Questions related to the Integrated Assessment and Core Research portions of this Request for Proposals — whether technical or content-related — should be submitted to the Michigan Sea Grant Research Program by emailing MSG-RFPinfo@umich.edu by 5 p.m. (EST) Friday, January 27, 2017. Answers will be posted to the Michigan Sea Grant RFP webpage on February 6. Questions related to the Graduate Fellowship portion of the RFP will be accepted until April 7 and answers posted by April 17.
Qualified researchers at accredited Michigan universities are eligible to be Principal Investigators on MISG-funded projects. However, project team members are not limited to university researchers. PIs are not required to submit a pre-proposal in order to be eligible to submit a full proposal. Graduate fellowships will support a graduate student enrolled at an accredited Michigan university with support of a faculty member from that institution and from an agency sponsor.