Lake Champlain Sea Grant Seeks Research Proposals

By Julianna White, Research Program Coordinator (Email the author)
January 06, 2021

Lake Champlain Sea Grant seeks proposals, due March 5, 2021, for research projects to begin in February 2022. Research will inform policy decisions and management practices for the benefit of the environment and economies in the Lake Champlain basin, and Sea Grant anticipates that up to $600,000 in awards will be made.

Research project proposals on the following topics are encouraged:

  • Socio-economic influences on lake use and management, especially those with an environmental justice component
  • Use of non-traditional knowledge for lake use and management, especially Indigenous knowledge
  • Community hazard resiliency, climate change adaptation, emergency preparedness
  • Opportunities for aquaculture and fisheries to contribute to local food production and food security
  • Shoreline habitat protection, restoration, and management
  • Green infrastructure and clean water initiatives
  • Lake food webs, including aquatic non-native species
  • Sources of nutrients and pollutants that affect lake ecosystems

Researchers may request up to $75,000 in federal funding per year for one or two years, and they must demonstrate non-federal support of at least 50% of the federal budget requested.

Lead investigators must be from institutions of higher education, government agencies, non-profit organizations, or private for-profit companies. Researchers from outside the Lake Champlain basin are eligible to submit a proposal, but the research being proposed must be conducted, at least in part, in the Lake Champlain basin. Both single investigators and multiple investigator research teams from different institutions are encouraged to apply. Lake Champlain Sea Grant encourages participation from both the natural science and social science research communities.

Applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, colors, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, educational levels, job classifications, veteran status types, and income and socioeconomic status types are encouraged to apply for this competitive research opportunity.

Lake Champlain Sea Grant is a cooperative effort of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont (UVM) and the Lake Champlain Research Institute at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. It operates with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and through partnerships with UVM Extension, state and local government agencies, and numerous other local organizations.

More information on this request for proposals is available on the Lake Champlain Sea Grant website. Inquiries can be emailed to seagrant [at]