IISG is issuing two calls for research pre-proposals to address critical concerns facing Lake Michigan, and is hosting an informational webinar on December 9. Anyone who is considering submitting a pre-proposal in response to either RFP is invited to attend.

Research is to be conducted in the 2018–2019 biennium. Up to $100,000 per year for two years will be available for funding the Illinois and Indiana portion of projects. Illinois and Indiana primary investigators (PIs) must demonstrate a match of at least 50 percent (one non-federal dollar for every two federal dollars requested). PIs may submit to either the IISG-only request for pre-proposals, or to a special joint RFP between IISG and Wisconsin Sea Grant.

For the IISG-only RFP:
Proposals should address at least one of the four National Sea Grant Program focus areas: healthy coastal ecosystems; resilient communities and economies; sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; environmental literacy and workforce development. In particular, we seek to fund original research projects within one or more of the following themes:

  • Southern Lake Michigan region coastal planning
  • Innovative approaches to managing and capitalizing on environmental resources
  • Economic value of Lake Michigan coastal areas

Pre-proposals must be received by 6 p.m. EST (5 p.m. CST) on January 23, 2017.

The full request for pre-proposals can be found at http://www.iiseagrant.org/research/IISG_2016RFP.pdf.

For the joint RFP between IISG and Wisconsin Sea Grant:
Proposals should examine trends in the supply, demand, and policy issues relevant to sourcing locally-produced fish and seafood by individual consumers, restaurants, institutions, and markets in the Midwest. Priority research areas include:

  • Assessment of local food systems and the feasibility of integrating locally-produced seafood, especially in urban centers
  • Analysis of social, economic and/or policy opportunities and challenges to the development of a locally sourced seafood market into local food systems
  • Identification of policies or management actions needed to catalyze seafood market development into local food systems
  • Identification and assessment of education, outreach, and/or social initiatives needed to encourage the demand for locally-produced seafood, primarily aimed at local consumers, targeting restaurants, institutions, and permanent and seasonal markets

Pre-proposals submitted to this joint RFP must demonstrate plans for collaboration between at least one Illinois- or Indiana-based researcher and at least one Wisconsin-based researcher. The deadline for submission to both programs is 4 p.m. EST (3 p.m. CST) on January 24, 2017.

The full RFP can be found at: http://www.iiseagrant.org/research/IISGWISG_2016RFP.pdf.

For more information, contact Assistant Research Coordinator Carolyn Foley (cfoley@purdue.edu, 765-494-3601.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is a part of University of Illinois Extension and Purdue Extension.