IISG has limited discretionary funds to invest in promising research, outreach and graduate student projects. IISG is especially interested in investing in programs that would benefit from “seed” or “completion” funds, or in graduate students who will use funding to enhance thesis or dissertation research. Funding can be used in one of the following three ways:

• To conduct preliminary data collection that will be used to submit an expanded proposal to another funding source (seed projects).
• For development or implementation of an outreach component that would bridge the gap between research and an impact, e.g. behavior change, policy change (completion projects).
• To provide support for graduate student research that would improve a thesis or dissertation (graduate student projects).

All projects should focus on one of our ten core topic areas. The topics include:

• Aquaculture
• Aquatic Invasive Species
• Climate Change
• Coastal Restoration
• Fish Consumption
• Great Lakes Health (especially Lake Michigan
• Land Use Planning
• Pharmaceuticals
• Water Quality
• Water Supply

Special consideration will be given to projects addressing IISG’s most recent research topic area, Climate Change, and projects investigating issues related to emerging contaminants (e.g., pharmaceuticals, personal care products and coal tar sealants). Visit our research page for more information on these core topic areas.

We anticipate funding 3-8 seed or completion projects and 3-8 graduate student projects depending on how well the pre-proposals meet IISG objectives and demonstrate rationale, rigor, and potential for growth. Selected pre-proposals meeting award criteria will be invited to submit full documentation through appropriate institutional mechanisms (i.e., appropriate institutional grants and contract office).

Funding will be provided for approximately one year beginning January 15, 2011, or the date of the award, and must be completed by December 30, 2011.

You can read the whole announcement here. Questions regarding eligibility or pre-proposal requirements may be directed to Carolyn Foley, assistant research coordinator.