IISG provides funding to researchers in Illinois and Indiana who are working on issues of importance to the southern Lake Michigan region. In order to achieve meaningful and impactful outcomes, our outreach and education specialists rely on the latest research and related data to develop their programs. In turn, outreach and education specialists may help researchers connect to stakeholders who wish to use their findings.

Current and past research projects can be found on our research page. Press releases and news items about our research are also available.

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Funding Mechanisms

IISG Large Research Projects (or Omnibus funds): Joint Opportunity Open
Competitions typically occur every two years, with the next expected call for proposals in November 2018. Funding is typically $40,000-$120,000 per year for two years. A special joint opportunity to support collaborative research on Lake Michigan coastal dynamics is open: Preproposals are due January 11, 2019.

IISG Research and Outreach Development Proposals: Closed
Competitions happen as funding is available. Funding for development projects is typically $10,000-$25,000 for not more than one year. The next competition is expected to open in fall 2019.

National Strategic Investment Proposals: Closed
The National Sea Grant Office periodically requests proposals for research and outreach in a variety of regional and national issues including aquatic invasive species, aquaculture, and marine resource issues.

Researchers in Illinois and Indiana are eligible to apply for funding, typically through the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program. Funding can be in excess of $100,000 per year for two years or more. When these proposals are requested, the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) will be posted on the IISG home page and shared via our email list.

Depending on appropriations, NOAA National Sea Grant Program expects to have available a total of $7,000,000 to $11,500,000 across fiscal years 2018, 2019, 2020 as part of the Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative.


Carolyn Foley
Research Coordinator

Angela Archer
Fellowship Program Leader

Additional Funding Opportunities

Region 5 Funding Opportunities
Application Deadline: variable

National Science Foundation
Active Funding Opportunities
Application Deadline: ongoing

Great Lakes Protection Fund
Current Interests
Application Deadline: ongoing

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Purdue University
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033
University of Illinois Extensio
Sea Grant
Purdue University