Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) and the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute issues this joint call for proposals to continue to address the most pressing data gaps for modeling the effect of aquatic invasive species (AIS) on Lake Michigan food webs. Several important factors that drive Lake Michigan food webs (i.e., nutrient cycling, event responses, light gradient effects, temperature, circulation patterns, etc.) were identified during a 2008 Lake Michigan Food Web Workshop. The workshop was organized by the Great Lakes Regional Research Information Network, a collaboration of U.S. EPA-Great Lakes National Program Office, NOAA-Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, and the Sea Grant programs.

Collaborative proposals between Illinois, Indiana and/or Wisconsin-based researchers are preferred. Illinois and Indiana-based researchers should submit preproposals to IISG. Wisconsin-based partners should submit an identical preproposal to Wisconsin Sea Grant. Research is to be conducted in the 2012–2013 biennium. Up to $125,000 per year for two years will be available for funding the Illinois-Indiana portion of research projects. The funds requested by Illinois and Indiana researchers must be matched by at least one nonfederal dollar for every two federal dollars requested.

Preproposals are due January 24, 2011. See the full RFP for more information.