The University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program awarded funding to six research projects spanning 2016-2018. The program's $1.5 million investment, which also includes support for six graduate students, comes through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Sea Grant Program and is matched by the University of Minnesota. The projects address regional economic and environmental challenges relevant to Lake Superior and Minnesota's coastal communities. The projects are:
- Opening the Black Box of Winter: Ice Cover and Biological Productivity in Lake Superior
- Solving a Biocorrosion Challenge in Freshwater Ports
- Oil, Water, Wind: What if Oil Spilled into a Large Lake?
- Understanding Harmful Algae Blooms in Minnesota's Inland Lakes
- Tracking Muskellunge in the St. Louis River Estuary
- Understanding Methylmercury Production and Bioavailability in the St. Louis River Estuary (Jointly conducted with Wisconsin Sea Grant)