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Smart Great Lakes Mini-Grant Program

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and
Academic Institutions for Projects to Benefit Eligible Bodies of Water

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS)

Deadline Date:

03/12/21 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit and for-profit organizations, agencies, and academic institutions for projects to benefit eligible bodies of water. Funding is intended for technology development and deployment, data management, and the creation of information tools. Proposal projects must benefit the Great Lakes.

The Smart Great Lakes Mini-Grants program intends to advance: 1) the development and deployment of smart technologies to improve the monitoring of the ecological health of the Great Lakes, 2) the effective management of data, and 3) the creation of information tools that serve stakeholders’ needs.

GLOS would like to support work that 1) improves Great Lakes observations, data management, and/or information delivery, 2) contributes to the development of GLOS information technology platform to better address local, state, provincial, and/or regional Great Lakes information needs, and/or 3) helps advance real-time use and management of the lakes.

GLOS is soliciting proposals that address one or more of the following areas of interest:

  • Maintenance and/or upgrades of existing observing assets to be deployed during the 2021 field season in the Great Lakes.
  • Expansion of the Great Lakes observing network by deploying new observing assets in areas that are currently poorly observed, where data is wanted to serve stakeholders’ needs.
  • Consistent with Lakebed 2030, work towards mapping the 95% of the Great Lakes that remain unmapped as of 2019.
  • Development and/or testing of new innovative observing technologies, or data analytic tools that can help our understanding of the Great Lakes and serve stakeholders needs.
  • Development and/or improvement of numerical models used to provide decision-making information in the Great Lakes region.
  • Development and/or improvement of data management workflows and frameworks using cloud based technologies to handle data ingestion, storage, transformation and dissemination.

GLOS will also accept proposals for projects and pilot projects that address other observing and information challenges ranging from addressing specific technological observing issues to more general lake management challenges, including information and data gaps. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194091

Number of Grants:

Through this solicitation GLOS expects to fund about ten to fifteen projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The program will support projects ranging from $20,000 up to $150,000 USD, most of them around the average range of $50,000 USD.

Term of Contract:

The awards will be made in April 2021, and projects will run for twelve months starting in May 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

GLOS can support funding of governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and for-profit organizations. No awards will be made for projects that duplicate or significantly overlap existing programs.

Proposals can be submitted by one or more applicants, but at least one of the applicants must be a permanent employee of the organization that will receive the award.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: March 12, 2021 by 5:00 PM EST

Mini-Grant Project Timeline
- January 6, 2021: RFP release date
- March 12, 2021: Proposal submissions due
- April 2, 2021: Announcement of awards
- May 14, 2021: Project start date
- November 15, 2021: Progress report due
- May 16, 2022: Project end date
- June 16, 2022: Final report due

Multiple submissions from a single institution are acceptable and would be considered for funding if they review favorably. However, only one proposal per lead primary investigator (PI) is allowed.

Contact Information:

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

Proposals and questions/concerns should be sent electronically to

Great Lakes Observing System
4840 State Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

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Geographic Focus:

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;

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