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Great Waters Research Collaborative Requests Proposals for Shipboard Ballast Water Management System Evaluation

Great Waters Research Collaborative: Quality Data with a Freshwater Perspective

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.

  • Proposals are due Feb. 11, 2021 by 5:00 pm Central.
  • Email proposals to 
  • Please see the full RFP (PDF, 8 pp) for more information on how to submit a proposal, funding, applicant selection, and the proposed work timeline for selected applicants. 

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