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2017 RFA for Great Lakes Long-Term Biology Monitoring Program: Zooplankton, Benthos, Mysis and Chlorophyll a Components


Cornell University - Great Lakes Long-term Biological Monitoring Program 2017-2022 ($5,999,616)

Applications Received

Project titles and funding requests

  • Effect of Algal Bloom Pollutants on Innate Immunity ($749,327)
  • Great Lakes Zooplankton, Benthos, Mysis and Chl-a Monitoring ($5,826,270)
  • Great Lakes Long-term Biological Monitoring Program 2017-2022 ($5,999,616)

RFA Info

Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-R5-GL2017-ZBC

RFA Modification - posted Feb. 17, 2017 (see bullet list at bottom of page)

This Request for Applications (RFA) solicits applications from eligible entities for a cooperative agreement to be awarded pursuant to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan II.

EPA is seeking applications for a project to continue the long-term monitoring of zooplankton[1], benthos, Mysis and chlorophyll-a in the open waters of the Great Lakes. EPA is also seeking applications to supplement the long-term monitoring program with a synoptic whole lake assessment of benthos.

Up to $6.0 million may be awarded for one cooperative agreement to be incrementally funded at approximately $1,200,000 annually over a five-year period.  The awarding of this cooperative agreement is contingent upon funding availability, the quality of applications received and other applicable considerations.  However, EPA expressly reserves the right to make no awards under this RFA.  Proposed projects must be limited to the specified project duration.  All incrementally funded awards will be subject to the availability of funding, future appropriations, satisfactory performance of work, and other applicable considerations.

Related information

2017 GLRI Biomonitoring RFA Questions & Answers (xlsx)(1 pg, 11 K) posted Feb. 17, 2017

Estimated Annual Samples from Biannual Surveys
  Zooplankton Benthos Chlorophyll
Lake Michigan 64 55 186
Lake Huron 76 52 212
Lake Erie 100 39 235
Lake Ontario 46 30 131
Lake Superior 96 36 280
Totals 382 212 1044
Totals with 10% QC 420 233 1148
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