2019 Request for Proposals - Core Research RFP

Michigan Sea Grant

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Next anticipated deadline: Mar 11, 2021 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: May 24, 2021 (Pre proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Fields of work: Aquaculture Limnology Freshwater Conservation Water Resource Management Ecology Fisheries

Applicant type: Research Scientist, Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Michigan

Location of residency: Michigan

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NOTE: PIs are required to submit a pre-proposal in order to be eligible to submit a full proposal. This is a new MISG policy starting with the 2019 RFP. 

Request for Proposals

Michigan Sea Grant College Program (MISG) is inviting proposals for innovative research projects and graduate research fellowships for the 2020-2022 funding period that begins on February 1, 2020. All MISG research project funds are awarded via a highly competitive process involving external peer reviews and the recommendations of external advisory panels.

Core Research Projects

Michigan Sea Grant is accepting proposals for core research projects for the 2020-2022 funding cycle. 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. This does not include required matching funds provided by the Principal Investigator, which should be at least 50% of the amount requested from MISG.  Matching funds must be from non-federal sources and may include faculty salaries, university overhead, equipment, ship time, etc. Lead scientists must have Principal Investigator standing at an accredited Michigan institution to be eligible for funding.

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. MISG is particularly interested in proposals that address:

  • whitefish declines in the context of changes to the food web and ecosystem function in lakes Michigan and Huron (see Integrated Assessment topic above);
  • aquaculture; and
  • source tracking and transport models of the influence of septic field in the Saginaw Bay watershed on drinking and surface waters.

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. 
  • All proposals require a 50 percent non-federal match.
    • Principal Investigators are not required to document the source of the project match until submitting a full proposal.


  • Those proposals that identify additional project support committing specific resources to the project (e.g., funding) will be more competitive