Ecological and Biological Fisheries Research to Inform Management

The GLFT pursues its fisheries research efforts through competitive grantmaking within established research themes. Fundable activities include hypothesis-driven research as well as tools, resources, and capacity-building efforts that support the development or use and application of research.

Funding Priorities

The GLFT will support research that:

  • Builds research capacity and management expertise needed to understand and manage the Great Lakes ecosystem for sustainable production of valuable species
  • Enhances the ability of managers and agencies to respond to changes in the fishery and ecosystem
  • Reduces the cost of fishery management in relation to benefits provided

Focal Research Themes

The main theme areas for the GLFT’s grantmaking in Ecological and Biological Fisheries Research are:

All themes may not be funded every year, and are not necessarily funded at comparable levels. At its discretion, the GLFT may also offer RFPs emphasizing targeted questions for one or more given research themes.


How to Apply

Visit our apply page to submit an application. The forms and instructions necessary to guide you through the application process are provided in the application guidance document.

The GLFT Scientific Advisory Team (SAT), consisting of 12 members representing parties to the Settlement Agreement that established the GLFT (and other fisheries scientists designated under the agreement), will review the pre-proposals based upon the GLFT’s funding criteria (found in the 2013 Application Guidance document) in February of each year. Invited full proposals are due in April. Full proposals will be subjected to external peer review and be evaluated by the SAT. The Scientific Advisory team will then conduct peer reviews and make funding recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Grants are targeted for award in August.

If you have further questions about the funding process, please contact Jonathon Beard, Grant Manager, at (517) 371-7468