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2018 Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations: Social, Economic, and Technology (SET) Research to Inform Policy and Practice

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies
for Research to Improve Great Lakes Fisheries Management

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Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT)

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Deadline Date:

04/13/18 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal agencies, and educational institutions for economic, social, and technology research addressing fish populations and ecosystem health in the Great Lakes. Preliminary proposals are due January 12. Canadian applicants must contact program staff prior to applying.

Mission and Goals of the GLFT’s Investments in Fisheries Research:

The mission of the GLFT is to provide funding to enhance, protect, and rehabilitate Great Lakes fishery resources to compensate for lost use and enjoyment caused by the operation of the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant. The GLFT pursues these goals through investments in three broad categories: access to the Great Lakes fishery, Great Lakes stewardship, and ecosystem health and sustainable fish populations.

Fisheries research is one element of the GLFT’s healthy ecosystems and sustainable fish populations funding stream. The broad goals of these investments are to:

-Create a more resilient and stable fish community
-Increase the sustainable value of the fishery to stakeholders
-Preserve self-sustaining fish populations

Specifically, the key intended outcomes for fisheries research investments are to:
-Enhance the ability of managers/agencies to respond to changes in the fishery and ecosystem
-Build research capacity and management expertise needed to understand and manage the Great Lakes ecosystem for sustainable production of valuable species
-Reduce the cost of fishery management in relation to benefits provided

Research Themes:

The GLFT pursues its fisheries research efforts through competitive grantmaking within established thematic areas.

Aquatic Invasive Species:

The GLFT’s primary interests in this category are in innovative research, development, or analysis leading to prevention of the introduction of invasive species in the Great Lakes, or the control or suppression of established species.

Supported projects may include:
-Research, development, and evaluation of innovative new technologies to curtail new introductions through established vectors (e.g., ballast water), or to control established invasive species
-Explorations of strategies to encourage compliance with, and effective implementation of, those prevention and suppression strategies with a compliance element
-Workshops, conferences, data-sharing efforts, and other relevant capacity-building activities related to the theme

The GLFT does not fund primary eradication of invasive plant species such as phragmites.

Aquatic Connectivity Decision Support Tools:

The GLFT’s primary interests in this category are in the development of desktop decision support tools, or supporting modules, that enable managers and regulatory agencies to evaluate potential social-cultural, biological, and ecological trade-offs of barrier removal projects (dams and road-stream crossings) within and among watersheds.

In 2014, the GLFT convened an aquatic connectivity workshop to identify the types of decision support tools that resource managers and agency regulators would find useful. The workshop identified research needs and information gaps as well as ways to enhance existing tools to support more effective decision making which are summarized in the Developing Decision-Support Tools to Enhance Aquatic Connectivity in the Great Lakes Basin: Results of a Workshop Sponsored by the Great Lakes Fishery Trust proceedings document.

In 2018, the GLFT is soliciting proposals that support the following priorities identified through the workshop:
-Development of a desktop barrier removal decision-support tool or supporting modules to enable managers and regulatory agencies to evaluate potential social- cultural, biological, and ecological trade-offs of removal projects within and among watersheds. Competitive proposals will build off existing platforms of information such as (but not limited to) the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Framework, Fishwerks, and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission Barrier Removal Collaboration Suite. Proposals should not duplicate previously funded projects.

Supporting modules include but are not limited to:
-Development of an economic benefits framework and/or module that evaluates connectivity projects from multiple perspectives (such as property values, recreation/tourism, ecosystem system services and others).
-An economic assessment comparing the lifespan and cost of properly and improperly placed road-stream crossing structures that would inform placement of design alternatives.

Socioeconomics of the Fishery:

The GLFT’s primary interests in this category are in efforts that:
-Document the economic (such as tourism, commercial fishing, etc.), environmental, and/or social/recreational/subsistence value offered by various elements of the fishery
-Explore social and economic factors that affect capacity to respond to aquatic invasive species (e.g., social/policy research on current shipping practices or regulations)
-Examine the costs of aquatic invasive species

Particular priority will be placed on efforts that focus on current issues, values, and challenges and are germane to audiences including policymakers, environmental and conservation groups, and commercial interests.

Management of invasive species is a priority for public agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as private and nonprofit organizations throughout the Great Lakes region. The GLFT places particular value on invasive species efforts that consider, and engage thoughtfully with, the existing and emerging plans and goals of the several Great Lakes states, federal agencies involved in Great Lakes fisheries, local and regional authorities, and/or environmental collaboratives and partnerships.

Dissemination of information generated through GLFT investment in social, economic, and technology efforts is critical to these undertakings and will be proactively managed and supported by the GLFT to ensure intended audiences are connected to relevant information.

The GLFT believes in the importance of sharing project information in forms that are accessible, understandable, and digestible by key audiences.

Key Outcomes:

The key intended outcomes for the GLFT’s investments in social, economic, and technology research are to:
-Build awareness and understanding of the impacts and costs of invasive species
-Leverage new resources to combat invasive species and support the fishery
-Build knowledge and capacity for the suppression of existing invasive species and prevention of new introductions
-Understand the social, economic, and recreational values provided by the fishery

The GLFT believes strongly in the importance of scientific merit when selecting projects for funding. Social and economic research efforts that fail to employ rigorous, valid, and reliable methodology, or to build on existing knowledge, will not be supported, regardless of the quality of fit between the proposed research and Great Lakes information needs.

The next sections will assist you with the preliminary proposal requirements and funding criteria.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177378

Estimated Size of Grant:

There are no cost or time limitations on grant requests; however, projects will be evaluated on the cost versus the expected benefits as well as upon the reasonableness of the time requested to complete the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals are encouraged from educational, governmental, tribal, and nonprofit institutions with a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS.

Canadian public and nonprofit organizations also may be eligible, but should contact GLFT staff prior to submitting a preliminary proposal.

Pre-Application Information:

Canadian public and nonprofit organizations should contact GLFT staff prior to submitting a proposal.

The GLFT will accept questions about the submission and review process as well as funding priorities via email. Questions received by January 5, 2018, will be posted to the website with a response so all prospective applicants may benefit from the inquiry and response.

Applications (preliminary proposals) are due by Friday, January 12, 2018, at 5:00 PM EST. Late preliminary proposals will not be accepted.

The GLFT’s Scientific Advisory Team (SAT) will review the preliminary proposals and invite a subset of applicants to submit full proposals for funding consideration based upon the criteria identified herein.

Invited full proposals will be due on Friday, April 13, 2018. Full proposals will be subjected to
external peer review and be evaluated by the SAT. The SAT will then make funding recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Grants are targeted for award in August 2018.

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Contact Information:

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

Applications must be submitted through the GLFT’s Web-based grant management system:

Jonathon Beard, Grant Manager
(517) 371-7468

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon