2019 Request for Proposals

Michigan Sea Grant is soliciting proposals for innovative research projects for the 2020-2022 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.

2019 Important Full-proposal and Graduate Fellowship Links

Note: Full Core Research and IA proposals and graduate fellowship proposals are due by 5 p.m. on May 24, 2019, and final proposal funding decisions occur in early September 2019. Projects begin in February 2020. Further information on IA or Core Research full proposals will be posted by April 15, 2019.

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 2019:

  • Strategies for community engagement around coastal resilience
  • Analysis of salmonine management within a multi-species paradigm
  • Evaluation of mechanisms and management options to address lake whitefish declines in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron
  • Analysis of the economic impacts of aquatic invasive species
  • Mechanisms to advance tribal knowledge to inform community resilience planning
  • Alternate Integrated Assessment

Core Research

Michigan Sea Grant is accepting proposals for Core Research projects starting in 2020. 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) whitefish declines in the context of changes to the food web and ecosystem function in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron (see Integrated Assessment topic above); 2) aquaculture; and 3) source tracking and transport models of the influence of septic fields in the Saginaw Bay watershed on drinking and surface waters.

Graduate Student Research Fellowship

Michigan Sea Grant is offering one- to two-year fellowships from 2020-2022, 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) Friday, January 30, 2019. Answers will be posted to the Michigan Sea Grant RFP webpage on February 13. 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.