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Organizations and Institutions for Research Projects on Fishery Resources

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

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Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT)

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Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit governmental, tribal, 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 

The trust is reserving at least $500,000 of its 2022 fisheries research budget for lake whitefish research and intends to prioritize lake whitefish research through at least 2024. For more information, see

Additional Research Themes:

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

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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GrantWatch ID#: 177377

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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.

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications are due by Friday, January 14, 2022, at 5:00 PM EST.
- Invited full proposals will be due on Monday, April 11, 2022.
- The GLFT (and other fisheries scientists designated under the agreement), will review the preliminary proposals on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.
- Grants are targeted for award in August 2022.

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

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If you would like more information about this grant category or have any technical questions regarding your submission, you may contact GLFT staff at 517-371-7468 or

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

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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.

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

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