2021 Request for Proposals

Michigan Sea Grant is soliciting proposals for innovative research projects for the 2022-2024 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 requires researchers to submit a pre-proposal to be able to submit a full proposal. Review of the pre-proposal will provide feedback that will help proposals be more competitive under this RFP.

Michigan Sea Grant will support three types of research in 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.

2021 Important Full-Proposal Links

2021 Important Full-Proposal and Graduate Fellowship Links

Question and Answer Documentation

  • Pre-Proposal Q&A (email: MSG-RFPinfo@umich.edu)
    • Please submit questions by February 15, 2021. Answers will be posted by February 19, 2021.
  • Full Proposal Q&A (email: MSG-RFPinfo@umich.edu)
    • Please submit questions by May 3, 2021. Answers will be posted by May 8, 2021.
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Q&A (email: MSG-RFPinfo@umich.edu)
    • Please submit questions by May 3, 2021. Answers will be posted by May 8, 2021.
  • Q&A for Research Proposals and Graduate Fellowships from 2015, 2017, and 2019 RFPs

Note: Full Core Research and IA proposals and graduate fellowship proposals are due by 5 p.m. on May 24, 2021, and final proposal funding decisions occur in early September 2021. Projects begin in February 2022. Further information on IA or Core Research full proposals will be posted by April 15, 2021.

Funding Opportunities

For more information about the following research categories, visit: 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.

Integrated Assessment topics for 2021:

  • Aquaculture feasibility for multiple systems
  • Valuation of Lake Huron’s fishery
  • Nature-based tools for coastal resilience
  • Water use governance (collaborative research with EGLE Office of Great Lakes)
  • Economic Impacts of aquatic invasive species
  • Ecotourism innovations in northeast Michigan
  • Environmental literacy programming in urban areas

Core Research

Michigan Sea Grant is accepting proposals for Core Research projects starting in 2021. 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 university or college, including tribal colleges, to be eligible for funding and must provide 50 percent non-federal matching funds. MISG is particularly interested in proposals that address: 1) Lake Huron Coordinated Science and Monitoring related research priorities; 2) detecting invasive microorganisms; 3) the role of Dreissenid veligers in Lake Huron food webs; 4) trophic pathways in Great Lakes food webs.

Graduate Student Research Fellowship

Michigan Sea Grant is offering one- to two-year fellowships from 2022-2024, 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 funding support for the students’ research and will enhance academic and professional development opportunities. For details about the fellowship, see: Michigan Sea Grant Graduate Student Research Fellowship

Questions about the RFP?

Questions related to pre-proposals for 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) Monday, February 15, 2021. Answers will be posted to the Michigan Sea Grant RFP webpage on February 19. Questions related to the Graduate Fellowship portion of the RFP will be accepted until May 3 and answers posted by May 8.


Qualified researchers at universities and colleges, including tribal colleges, located in Michigan are eligible to be Principal Investigators on MISG-funded projects. However, project team members are not limited to university researchers. PIs are 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 accredited Michigan universities and colleges, including tribal colleges, with support of a faculty member from that institution and from an agency sponsor.