2021 RFA for Great Lakes Biology Monitoring Program: Zooplankton, Mysis, and Benthic Components
This Request for Applications is expected to result in the award of grants and/or cooperative agreements to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan III Focus Area 5: Foundations for Future Restoration Actions, Objective 5.2: Conduct comprehensive science programs and projects. RFA closes Oct. 29, 2021.
Request for Applications (closes Oct.29, 2021)
- 2021 GLRI Request for Applications [EPA-R5-GL2021-ZMB] (pdf) - Aug. 30, 2021
- View this funding opportunity on Grants.gov
- GLBMP RFA Questions and Answers (pdf)
Standard Operating Procedures
- General Science Operations SOP (pdf) - March 2021
- Rosette Sampling SOP (pdf) - March 2021
- Zooplankton Sampling SOP (pdf) - October 2020
- Dropdown Camera SOP (pdf) - March 2021
- Benthos Analysis SOP (pdf) - April 2015
- Benthos Sampling SOP (pdf) - January 2021
- Zooplankton Analysis SOP (pdf) - July 2019
- Mysid Lab Analysis SOP (pdf) - July 2019
Great Lakes Biology Monitoring Program: Zooplankton, Mysis, and Benthic Components
Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-R5-GL2021-ZMB
This RFA solicits applications from eligible entities for a cooperative agreement to be awarded pursuant to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan III (pdf) . EPA is requesting applications for a project to complete sample collection and analyses in support of the Zooplankton, Mysis, and Benthic components of the Great Lakes Biology Monitoring Program.
Under this competition, approximately $6,750,000 may be awarded for one cooperative agreement over approximately five years, consisting of incremental funding of about $1,350,000 per year.
Applications should specify a start date on or around January 17, 2022 and should specify an end date that will allow for the collection, processing and analysis of the 2022-2026 field seasons. All incrementally funded awards will be subject to the availability of funding, future appropriations, satisfactory performance of work, and other applicable considerations.
Our responses to questions about the RFA will be updated frequently and posted in the
EPA recognizes that it is important to engage all available minds to address the environmental challenges the nation faces. At the same time, EPA seeks to expand the environmental conversation by including members of communities which may have not previously participated in such dialogues to participate in EPA programs. For this reason, EPA strongly encourages all eligible applicants identified in Section III of the RFA, including minority serving institutions (MSIs), to apply under this opportunity.
Administrative, eligibility, and other general RFA questions:
Ben Alsip (email@example.com)
For technical questions about the monitoring program:
Matthew Pawlowski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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- Oct. 29, 2021 - Application deadline.
- Applications must be submitted to EPA through grants.gov by 10:59 pm Central / 11:59 pm Eastern.
- December 2021 - EPA will begin notifying finalists.
- January 2022 - EPA will begin making official awards.