Michigan Sea Grant - Core Research

Michigan Sea Grant

Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 3, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: May 26, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Michigan

Location of residency: Michigan

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Note: PIs are not required to submit a pre-proposal in order to be eligible to submit a full proposal. 

Investigating Great Lakes Coastal Issues

Michigan Sea Grant supports research teams that study an array of issues affecting the Great Lakes and Michigan’s coastal areas. Research funded by MSG will contribute to improved understanding of coastal issues, as guided by our strategic plan. MSG brings together innovative research teams from Michigan universities, and where possible, leverages active research programs conducted by federal and state agencies.

The goals of our research program include providing science-based information that can help decision makers in real-life situations and that provide more insights into the Great Lakes ecosystem. Our extension educators and communications team convey research findings back to a variety of audiences on four of the five Great Lakes. The MSG research program supports both the Integrated Assessment and the more traditional, data-gathering approach to research.

Core Research Projects

  • Basic core research on issues currently affecting the Great Lakes ecosystem, up to $100,000 per year.

The projects will run for two years. This is an open Request for Pre-Proposals (RFP), and university-based researchers are encouraged to submit research projects that fulfill critical research needs for the Great Lakes and coastal ecosystems  --  and that fit within the focus areas of the Michigan Sea Grant Strategic Plan. MISG seeks to bring together innovative research teams from Michigan universities and, where possible, leverage active research programs conducted by federal and state agencies. 

Since co-funding opportunities may be available for several topics, MISG is particularly interested in proposals that address:

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Qualified researchers at accredited Michigan universities are eligible to be Principal Investigators on MISG-funded projects.
    • However, project team members are not limited to university researchers. 
  •  Lead scientists must have Principal Investigator standing at an accredited Michigan institution to be eligible for funding and provide 50% non-federal matching funds.