The University of Michigan Water Center solicits applications for funding to support and enhance restoration efforts within the Great Lakes basin. Up to $3.7 million dollars will be awarded to high quality projects that can demonstrate specific benefits in terms of advancing restoration approaches in the Great Lakes.

This request for proposals is an important part of the Center’s efforts to enhance restoration activities by engaging the region’s best scientific minds in advancing evaluation and assessment of restoration projects. Through this process we also seek to improve restoration and protection technologies and techniques and develop a collective framework for large-scale restoration and protection efforts.


Submit all proposal materials online via the Water Center website.

Download full Request for Proposals (PDF).

Funding Categories

We seek projects that support existing restoration and protection efforts in the Great Lakes basin. Projects should emphasize synthesis and assessment of existing data/information, with little support provided for new data collection. Projects should address one or more of the following topic areas:

  1. Conducting assessments of economic and/or environmental outcomes for existing Canadian and/or U.S. restoration efforts such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI);
  2. Strengthening Great Lakes restoration projects through enhanced integration of science into restoration efforts that span multiple stressors and/or cover larger geographic areas in the Great Lakes basin. These projects should include elements that identify key science and management gaps;
  3. Improving restoration and protection science, techniques, and methods for the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.