The University of Michigan has been awarded a five-year, $53 million renewal agreement from the federal government to continue and expand the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, with the goal of helping to conserve and manage the region’s natural resources.
Since 1989, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded eight consecutive multiyear cooperative agreements to U-M to help the federal agency accomplish its mission in the Great Lakes region.
The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) is hosted by U-M’s School for Environment and Sustainability and the new $53 million renewal—which more than doubles the funding level of the previous five-year period—is the largest sponsored award in the school’s history.
CIGLR scientists and their students work alongside researchers at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor to seek solutions for some of the most pressing Great Lakes issues, including a changing regional climate, extreme weather events, invasive species, harmful algal blooms and ecosystem protection.
“I look forward to continuing our work with GLERL,” said U-M environmental microbiologist and CIGLR Director Gregory Dick, a professor at the School for Environment and Sustainability and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. “The renewal of our cooperative agreement will allow us to expand our research to meet key scientific challenges in the Great Lakes.”