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Great Lakes Protection Fund (NYGLPF) Small Grants Program

Grants to New York IHEs, Agencies, Businesses, and Environmental
Organizations in the Great Lakes Basin for Great Lakes Research Projects

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Great Lakes Research Consortium, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council - NY Great Lakes Protection Fund (NYGLPF)

Deadline Date:

01/23/19 Midnight Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $25,000 to New York colleges, universities, government agencies, businesses, and environmental and conservation organizations for research projects on the Great Lakes basin. Funding is intended to support cooperative research that enhances the understanding of, and/or management of, New York's Great Lakes basin.

Priority areas include, but are not limited to, the elimination of discharge of toxic substances, conservation of fish and wildlife, combatting invasive species, energy development, and environmental outreach and education.

The intent of the Great Lakes Research Consortium (GLRC) Small Grants Program, offered by the Great Lakes Research Consortium, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and the New York Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council, is to promote research that contributes to the protection and restoration of the health of the Great Lakes and contributes to ecosystem-based management of the basin’s natural resources and environmental quality. The program provides seed funding for new, cooperative approaches and projects for researching and protecting the Great Lakes. The program supports collaborative projects and grant awards can be used for basic or applied research and project planning that will lead to larger projects.

Projects funded by this small grant program must meet one or more of the priority goals listed in the Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA - see https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/91881.html), and must satisfy the following criteria:

Appropriate: Project must be consistent with the goals and purposes of the New York’s Great Lakes Basin: Interim Action Agenda as described in the GLAA.

Collaborative: Project must foster communication and cooperative action between New York’s colleges and universities, state and local government, business and industry, and environmental or conservation organizations. Collaborative projects involving more than one institution and those providing support for internships working with local government and community organizations are strongly encouraged.

Effective: Proposals must demonstrate how the project will (a) promote ecosystembased management or science-informed decision-making and (b) lead to measurable progress in achieving the goals and priorities of the GLAA.

Productive: The project must have defined qualitative or quantitative outcomes. Projects must clearly identify the potential to grow into larger projects consistent with the GLAA goals and purposes.

Relevant: Projects should describe their relevance to New York State Great Lakes efforts as described in the GLAA. This action agenda brings together new priorities, as well as existing environmental, social and economic goals previously identified for New York's Great Lakes region, using an ecosystem-based management approach. Priorities include:

(a) Virtually eliminate discharges of persistent toxic substances,
(b) Control sediment, nutrient and pathogen releases,
(c) Accelerate the delisting of New York's Areas of Concern,
(d) Combat invasive species,
(e) Conserve and restore fish and wildlife,
(f) Conserve Great Lakes water supplies,
(g) Enhance coastal resiliency and ecosystem integrity,
(h) Promote smart growth, redevelopment and adaptive reuse,
(i) Enhance recreation and tourism opportunities and
(j) Plan for future energy development. In addition, the GLAA includes four cross-cutting priorities to
(k) Support and promote partnerships among stakeholders,
(l) Coordinate monitoring and information management,
(m) Support environmental education and outreach, and to work towards
(n) Climate change adaptation and mitigation.

A major goal of this program is to facilitate new and emerging technologies and uses that can be applied in support of the New York State Great Lakes Action agenda. Applicants should look at the respective websites for the NYGLPF (https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/25582.html) and the interim GLAA report (see Supporting Documents below) for guidance on how their project can further these goals.

The Great Lakes Research Consortium is an organization of 18 colleges and universities in New York, with nine affiliate campuses in Ontario, dedicated to collaborative research and education on the Great Lakes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167141

Number of Grants:

5

Estimated Size of Grant:

Pending availability of funds, the maximum amount for an individual grant is $25,000. However, projects asking for less than the maximum are encouraged.

Term of Contract:

Funding period will be April 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Projects must be consistent with the goals and purposes of the New York’s Great Lakes Basin Interim Action Agenda.

Projects must foster communication and cooperative action between New York’s colleges and universities, state and local government, business and industry, and environmental or conservation organizations.

Projects from new faculty members at the GLRC member campuses are highly encouraged. Collaborative projects involving more than one institution and those providing support for internships working with local government and community organizations are strongly encouraged.

All Water Quality Assessment and Monitoring projects, as defined in NYS Public Health Law Section 502 (http://codes.findlaw.com/ny/public-healthlaw/pbh-sec-502.html) and funded by NYS DEC, must have a Data Assurance Plan. Projects that fall under the requirement for data assurance plan are not the intended target of this request for proposals. (If the proposed project does not involve the assessment or monitoring of water quality, the applicant must include a statement that indicates that the project does not fall under these requirements and indicate why. Failure to address these concerns may result in the project being disqualified without review.)

Projects should not duplicate existing programs or be used for base program support of ongoing monitoring and infrastructure projects. One-time site-specific infrastructure projects are not appropriate topics.

No indirect costs are allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

The RFP is due January 23, 2019. Electronic versions of the proposals should be received no later than midnight on that date.

Proposal submissions should be sent electronically as a single PDF file attachment to the Great Lakes Research Consortium. Documents should be checked for viruses or malware prior to sending and any documents that fail the campus security screening will be deleted without opening.

Proposed projects that do not involve the assessment or monitoring of water quality must include a statement with the application indicating that the project does not fall under the States's Data Assurance Plan requirements, and why. Failure to address these concerns may result in the project being disqualified without review.

Prior to funding, all successful recipients will be asked to submit an original signed copy of the proposal to the Consortium.

Award decisions are expected in March 2019.

Matching funds are not required and should not be included in the budget.

Questions may be addressed to Greg Boyer, Director of the GLRC.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the application via email to:

Great Lakes Research Consortium
GLRC@esf.edu

Submit an original signed copy of the application prior to funding to:

Great Lakes Research Consortium
SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
253 Baker Lab
Syracuse, NY 13210

For questions:

Greg Boyer, Director of the GLRC
GLRC@esf.edu
315-470-6720

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Great Lakes Basin