Funding Information (RFPs)

Requests for Proposals

The deadline for the 2013-2014 round of funding has now passed. Michigan Sea Grant sends out a Request for Proposals every two years. Research proposals are selected for funding through a competitive, peer-reviewed process.

Projects that will receive funding will be announced in late 2013. Projects are expected to begin in mid-2014.

2013 Important Links

2013-2014 Research Topics

Michigan Sea Grant works in partnership with local, state, federal and tribal governments to identify a range of research topics for each funding cycle. In 2013, we received proposals addressing the following topics:

  • Where are the Great Lakes in the Great Lakes State’s Education?
  • Small Harbor Sustainability
  • Saginaw Bay Muck
  • Avian Botulism
  • Creating Sustainable Drainage Channels


Research Approach

Researchers applying for funding through Michigan Sea Grant should propose projects that follow an Integrated Assessment approach. The goals of Integrated Assessments are to:

  • Clarify a complicated environmental issue, including the history, causes and consequences
  • Foster collaboration and build consensus
  • Identify and evaluate options for solving the problem
  • Develop information and tools that help guide decisions

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.

2013-2014 RFP at a Glance

  • Researchers at Michigan universities are eligible to lead as PIs.
  • Must follow Integrated Assessment approach.
  • 50% non-federal match required.
  • Research should address an IA topic listed in the RFP Guidelines.
  • Projects run for up to two years, up to $75,000 per year.
  • Projects carried out from mid-2014 through 2016.
  • The next call for proposals will be released in early 2015.

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