Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute issue a joint call for proposals as these programs continue to address the most pressing data gaps for modeling the effect of aquatic invasive species (AIS) on Lake Michigan food webs. Important factors that drive Lake Michigan food webs include nutrient cycling, event responses, light gradient effects, temperature, circulation patterns, and more.

Collaborative proposals between Illinois, Indiana and/or Wisconsin-based researchers are preferred. Illinois and Indiana-based researchers should submit preproposals to Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant. 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. For more information, see the RFP or contact Carolyn Foley, IISG assistant research coordinator.