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Want funding? Minnesota Sea Grant announces its request for proposals for 2001-2003. If you’ve ever wondered what the “grant” in Minnesota Sea Grant means, this is it. Every two years we look for research projects to compete for federal funds from the National Sea Grant College Program. To let scientists know the new funding process has begun, we issue a request for proposals. Scientists affiliated with Minnesota academic institutions submit a letter of intent, which describes their proposed research project in general terms. The deadline for letters of intent is March 17. Researchers must then submit a full proposal on or before May 1.

Once we receive them, the proposals are sent to scientists from universities and agencies outside of Minnesota for review. These reviews are then critiqued along with the proposals by an ad hoc panel of scientific experts, also from outside of the state. High-ranking proposals are then reviewed by the Minnesota Sea Grant Advisory Committee. Selected projects are funded with federal money given to Minnesota Sea Grant in a competitive process by the National Sea Grant College Program and matched by the University of Minnesota.

We consider all research, outreach and education proposals that lead to the improved understanding, use, and management of Great Lakes resources, particularly those related to Lake Superior and Minnesota’s inland waters. Proposals dealing with regional and national coastal problems, including biotechnology, exotic species, coastal engineering, and coastal hazards are also encouraged. A proposal’s lead investigator needs to be affiliated with a Minnesota academic institution, although project cooperators can be from other organizations or agencies.

For this funding cycle, we are looking for proposals that address these themes:

  • Understanding, managing, and restoring aquatic communities.
  • Developing new markets, products, technology, and tools for aquatic resource management.
  • Fundamental dynamics of the Lake Superior ecosystem.
  • Pollutant processes and effects.
  • Understanding terrestrial/aquatic interactions to minimize human impacts.
  • Integrating science into policy for coastal resource management.

The official request for proposals was distributed via e-mail in early February. If you would like a copy, please contact Judy Zomerfelt at Minnesota Sea Grant, 218.726.8106, or by e-mail.

By Sea Grant Staff
February 2000

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