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Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofit, Governmental, Tribal, and Educational Organizations and Institutions for Research Projects on Fishery Resources

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Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations (EHSFP): Ecological and Biological Research to Inform Management Grant

Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT)

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #177377

Grant Description

Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit, governmental, Tribal, and educational organizations and institutions for research projects on fishery resources in eligible regions. Applicants are required to submit a preliminary proposal prior to submitting a full proposal. Eligible projects are those that have benefits directed primarily to the Great Lakes.

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 broad goals of investments in ecological and biological research to inform fisheries management are to:

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

The key intended outcomes for fisheries research investments are to:

  • Enhance the ability of managers and their agencies to understand, anticipate, adapt, and 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 

In 2023, the GLFT’s primary interests in this research theme are:

  • Synthetic papers exploring bottlenecks to recruitment
  • Data-driven original research on bottlenecks to recruitment and early life history

For additional information on these research themes, see: https://portal.glft.org/documents/2637-2023_ecobioresearch_preproposal_guidance_doc-pdf#page=6

Additional Research Themes:

  • Fish recruitment
  • Ecosystem disruption
  • Habitat research and evaluation
  • Aquatic invasive species
  • Native species rehabilitation (lake sturgeon emphasis)
  • Emerging Issues

For additional information on these themes, see: https://portal.glft.org/documents/2637-2023_ecobioresearch_preproposal_guidance_doc-pdf#page=7

Funded activities include hypothesis-driven research, as well as tools, resources, and capacity-building efforts that support the development or use and application of research.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations eligible to apply for GLFT grants include nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (or nongovernmental organizations holding charitable status in their country), as well as educational and governmental (including tribal) organizations.

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

Research lacking clear management implications or management demand for the specific information to be generated by the research effort will generally not be funded, and in all cases will not compete favorably with research proposals clearly linked to implications for fishery managers.

Aquatic Invasive Species: The GLFT does not fund primary eradication of invasive plant species such as phragmites and does not fund sea lamprey control outside the limited context of research, development, and evaluation of innovative new technologies to control lamprey in fish passage/connectivity designs. Additionally, the GLFT does not fund primary monitoring efforts related to invasive species.

Emerging Issues: The GLFT will not fund, through this thematic area, research suited to one of its other established research theme areas. Additionally, the GLFT does not fund research related to sea lamprey control, inshore fisheries, or the human health effects of environmental toxins present in Great Lakes fish, nor does it fund activities or expenses that have been the traditional responsibility of state, federal, or tribal natural resource management agencies.

Additional Geographic Information:

Projects must provide benefits to the Great Lakes fishery. Projects with benefits (e.g., findings, protocols, new capacity) directed primarily to the Lake Michigan fishery are of higher priority than projects without significant benefit to the Lake Michigan fishery.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Applications are due by Friday, January 13, 2023, at 5:00 PM EST. Late preliminary proposals will not be accepted.
- Invited full proposals will be due on Monday, April 10, 2023. 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 2023.

Additional Funding Information:

Contact Information:

Apply Online: https://portal.glft.org/users/sign_up

If you have further questions about the funding process, please Kathryn Frens, grant manager, at 517-371-7468 or glft@glft.org.

Great Lakes Fishery Trust
230 N. Washington Square, Suite 300
Lansing, MI 48933

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