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Michigan Sea Grant is soliciting three types of projects for the next research funding cycle, from 2016-2018. For the past several cycles, MSG has focused on Integrated Assessment projects. The 2015 call for proposals, however, includes two new opportunities. Core research, a more traditional approach to research, and graduate student research fellowships have been added to this RFP.

Pre-proposals and proposals are sought for the following topics:

  • 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 graduate students for one or two years, up to $80,000 per year.

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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.


The deadline for Integrated Assessment and Core Research pre-proposals is 5 p.m. March 6, 2015 (EST). Those who are invited to submit a full proposal will be contacted by Michigan Sea Grant by April 10. Full proposals are due by 5 p.m. on May 29, 2015. 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.


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 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 about the RFP?

All questions related to 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. (Eastern) Friday, Jan. 30. Answers will be posted to the Michigan Sea Grant RFP web site on Feb. 13.