Thursday, January 31, 2013

$3.7 Million For Great Lakes Enhance Restoration Efforts

Jan 31:The University of Michigan Water Center [See WIMS 12/13/12] is soliciting applications for funding to support and enhance restoration efforts within the Great Lakes Basin. Up to $3.7 million dollars will be awarded to high quality projects that can demonstrate specific benefits for advancing restoration approaches in the Great Lakes. The request for proposals is an important part of the Center's efforts to enhance restoration activities by engaging the region's best scientific minds in advancing evaluation and assessment of restoration projects. Through this process we also seek to improve restoration and protection technologies and techniques and develop a collective framework for large-scale restoration and protection efforts.
    The Center is seeking projects that support existing restoration and protection efforts in the Great Lakes basin. Projects should emphasize synthesis and assessment of existing data/information, with little support provided for new data collection. Projects should address one or more of the following topic areas:
  1. Conducting assessments of economic and/or environmental outcomes for existing Canadian and/or U.S. restoration efforts such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI);
  2. Strengthening Great Lakes restoration projects through enhanced integration of science into restoration efforts that span multiple stressors and/or cover larger geographic areas in the Great Lakes basin. These projects should include elements that identify key science and management gaps;
  3. Improving restoration and protection science, techniques, and methods for the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.
    Expressions of Interest are due by midnight Eastern Time on February 22, 2013. Water Center staff will address questions during a webinar on February 14, 2013, from 2-3 PM. Webinar details will be posted on the Water Center website when available. Responses to questions will be posted in a Frequently Asked Questions document that will be regularly updated while the request for proposals is open.
    Access details on proposal guidelines and submission, including all relevant deadlines and contacts (click here). Access the U-M Water Center website for background information (click here). [#MIGLakes/Funding]
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