Funding Information (RFPs)

Request for Proposals

Michigan Sea Grant is soliciting proposals for innovative research projects for the 2016-2018 funding period. MSG sends out RFPs for research projects every two years. Research proposals are selected for funding through a competitive, peer-reviewed process. For the Integrated Assessments and the Core Research projects, pre-proposals are required. Only those selected during the pre-proposal stage are eligible to submit a full proposal.

Michigan Sea Grant will support three types of research this funding cycle:

  • Integrated Assessment – Research that uses integrated methods to address important social and ecological issues affecting the Great Lakes ecosystem and communities, up to $75,000 per year.
  • Core Research – Focused on issues currently affecting the Great Lakes ecosystem, up to $115,000 per year.
  • Graduate Student Research Fellowships – Funding for grad students for one or two years, up to $80,000 per year.

For details on these opportunities, see the Michigan Sea Grant 2015 Request for Research Pre-proposals (PDF).

2015 Important Links

The deadline for Integrated Assessment and Core Research full proposals is 5 p.m. on May 29, 2015. Those who submitted a pre-proposal were contacted by Michigan Sea Grant on April 10. Projects begin in mid-2016.

Graduate Student Research Fellowship proposals are due by 5 p.m. on May 29, 2015. Fellowships begin in 2016 or 2017, as appropriate.


Research Approach

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. To learn more, see: Integrated Assessment Research Approach

Integrated Assessment topics for 2015:

  • Common Metrics for Sustainable Water Use
  • Perceptions of Seafood and Seafood Safety in Michigan
  • Green Infrastructure: Planning for a Sustainable Future
  • Cisco Restoration
  • Alternate Integrated Assessment topic

Core Research

Michigan Sea Grant is accepting proposals for core research projects starting in 2016. The projects will run for two years, and the maximum annual research project budget is $115,000 per year for a total of $230,000, including indirect costs. Lead scientists must have Principal Investigator standing at an accredited Michigan institution to be eligible for funding.

Graduate Student Research Fellowship

Michigan Sea Grant is offering one- to two-year fellowships from 2016-2018, totaling up to $160,000 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.

Update: The RFP has been updated to require a budget proposal from students applying for the Research Fellowship. Student should outline their proposed expenses (e.g., tuition, stipend, research expenses, travel, supplies, etc.) up to $80,000 per year for two years. The budget should also indicate the source and allocation of the 50% non-federal match (e.g., $40,000 non-federal match for a $80,000 funding request from Sea Grant).

Please develop the budget using Budget Form 90-4.

Questions about the RFP?

All questions related to the Michigan Sea Grant Request for Proposals — whether technical or content-related — should be submitted to the Michigan Sea Grant Research Program by emailing by 5 p.m. (EST) Friday, May 8. Answers will be posted to the Michigan Sea Grant RFP web site by May 15.


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. Only those investigators who have submitted pre-proposals are eligible to submit full proposals.

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.

2015 RFP at a Glance

  • IA and core research pre-proposals due: March 6, 2015
  • Invitations for full proposals are sent: April 10, 2015
  • Graduate Student Research Fellowship proposals due: May 29, 2015
  • IA and core research full proposals due: May 29, 2015

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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