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Great Lakes Research Request For Proposals



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE				
Contact:  Mark Coscarelli
October 27, 1998						 	 517-335-4227

Proposals for economic research that improves the efficiency of Great Lakes protection are being sought for funding, according to the Department of Environmental Quality.

The Michigan Great Lakes Protection Fund has issued its 1998-99 supplemental request for proposals.  The fund will give highest priority to research that results in both policy-relevant and peer-reviewed publications.   A Michigan focus is desirable.

Fund's four priority areas are:

    1) benefits and costs of current and proposed environmental                policies;
    2) new approaches to environmental protection; 
    3) environmental costs and benefits of other types of public               policies; and
    4) linkages between the economy and the environment.

The Fund will award up to $1 million for projects during this supplemental funding cycle.  It is envisioned that successful proposals will be funded up to approximately $60,000 per year for a period of up to three years.  The fund is targeting both a mix of smaller, shorter projects and larger, longer ones.
	
The deadline for submitting two-page preliminary proposals is Thursday, December 3, 1998.
	
The fund's general request for proposals, addressing broader Great Lakes issues, will be distributed in February 1999.
	
To obtain a copy of the supplemental RFP, contact:  Mark Coscarelli, Manager, Michigan Great Lakes Protection Fund, Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 30473, Lansing, MI  48909-7973, 517-335-4056, fax: 517-335-4053, e-mail: coscarem@state.mi.us.
	
The supplemental request for proposals may be viewed on the Office of the Great Lakes' home page at:  www.deq.state.mi.us/ogl.