April 1, 2013



Lake Champlain Sea Grant

Request for Proposals for Research 2014 - 2016


The Lake Champlain Sea Grant (LCSG) requests proposals for applied research to improve understanding, use, and management of Lake Champlain and Lake George, the basin’s inland waters and the Great Lakes in general. 


Deadline for Full Proposal: Friday, June 28, 2013, 5pm


Submit by email to Elissa Schuett at elissa.schuett@uvm.edu


Proposals will be evaluated and Principal Investigators (PIs) informed of being recommended for funding on Friday, August 23, 2013




The focus areas of the National Sea Grant College Program are:

·       Healthy Coastal Ecosystems

·       Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

·       Resilient Communities and Economies

·       Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development


For additional information about these national focus areas please consult the National Sea Grant 2014-2017 Network Plan.


The specific goals for the LCSG Comprehensive Area Program  (CAP) are:

·       To promote ecosystem-based approaches that foster a healthy and diverse ecosystem and provide for sustainable human use and enjoyment of Lake Champlain, the basin, and surrounding waters;

·       To restore terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in the Lake Champlain Basin and surroundings

·       To strengthen the economic base of local communities through sustainable development, particularly of lake-dependent businesses and those industries offering tourism and recreation opportunities; and

·       To provide scientifically sound information about regional climate change and its potential impacts on local communities, and to help communities plan for and implement practices that mitigate these impacts.


We solicit proposals that will improve understanding by decision-makers, planners, and managers about basin ecosystem processes and the relationships between environmental stressors and long-term human and ecosystem health. We seek proposals that will provide knowledge to support ecosystem-based management, strategic planning, and decision-making, to reduce the effects of environmental stressors and promote restoration of degraded ecosystems. Stressors of particular concern in the basin include stormwater management, shoreline development, and aquatic invasive species.  In this call we are particularly interested in projects that address social science and socio-economic challenges in the basin.


The proposed research must be based upon clearly identified needs and the results must directly contribute to the resolution of important lake and watershed management issues. The expected significance and application of the research, as well as the target audience(s) (beyond other academics) must be identified. Proposals that identify bi-state, multi-disciplinary, business, municipalities, or inter-institutional collaborations among researchers and educators will also receive priority consideration. Research that substantially involves both New York and Vermont institutions will be given top priority.


Outreach is integral to the Sea Grant model.  Each funded project will be required to have a well-designed and clearly articulated outreach plan.  Investigators are strongly encouraged to contact LCSG Extension staff for additional resources and to discuss potential approaches, audiences, and intended outcomes.


Extension staff contacts and areas of responsibilities are:

Jurij.Homziak@uvm.edu-coastal development, water quality, land use and watershed management issues

Erin.Devries@uvm.edu- aquatic science literacy education and UVM Watershed Alliance

Mark.malchoff@plattsburgh.edu– fisheries, aquatic invasive species, sustainable tourism

Laura.Killian@uvm.edu- urban NPS pollution and stormwater education, Vermont Non-point source Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) 

See Funding Opportunities Page for Further Information. Feel free to contact Elissa Schuett at Elissa.Schuett@uvm.edu with any questions.