Friday, December 7, 2012

RFP-P "Information Technology and Ecological Outcomes"

Dec 7: The Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF) has issued a request for preproposals (RFP-P) for "Information Technology and Ecological Outcomes." According to an announcement, many of the problems plaguing the Great Lakes are the result of "a large number of individual, seemingly inconsequential, disjointed decisions, the aggregate impact of which can be significant enough to drive either degraded or improved ecosystem conditions." GLPF believes that new or existing information technology can connect behaviors to ecosystem outcomes and push the collection of individual, seemingly isolated behaviors towards a tipping point that improves Great Lakes health. A five-page preproposal submission is due Midnight, February 3, 2013.
    The Fund seeks to support a suite of projects that design, deploy, and evaluate information technology-supported initiatives that permit individuals, institutions, and/or private corporations to make healthier choices for the Great Lakes ecosystem. "We want to support a number of project teams willing to test specific applications." Like all Fund supported work, these projects should be team-based, collaborative efforts that lead to meaningful actions to restore Great Lakes' health. The most successful teams will mobilize information technology skills, conservation leadership, and commercial partners willing to work together. The Fund has seen success in the information technology space with a suite of grants made in response to an RFP that was released in 2008. As with most things technological, the state-of-the-art has evolved and the Fund expects to capture ideas on the fringe of what is possible.
    Access an announcement from GLPF with links to the RFP-P, ideas, resources, FAQs, guidelines and more (click here).
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