The Lake Superior Research Institute - Great Waters Research Collaborative and the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration are seeking proposals for work under Research Area 1 – Project 3 of the Great Lakes Ballast Water Research and Development Plan (PDF, 56 pp).
The goal of the Shipboard Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) Evaluation Project is to increase the publicly-available data on BWMS performance under real-world operational conditions and in a variety of Great Lakes commercial ports.
A total of $1,825,000 is being offered. Funding will support shipboard platforms and BWMS manufacturers interested in partnering to determine the biological and operational effectiveness of market-ready and type-approved BWMS onboard vessels operating within the Great Lakes System. Funding is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.