Contact: Dr. Jenna Jorns, Program Manager, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA),


The Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) is proud to announce the 12 winners of its 2019 small grants competition!

GLISA is awarding $20,000 each to organizations to partner with them to address the risks of climate variability and change in the Great Lakes region. Grantees will engage directly with decision makers from a diverse range of sectors and communities to implement climate adaptation projects in the Great Lakes using GLISA’s existing climate information services.

The goals of GLISA’s 2019 competition are to sustain and strengthen GLISA’s network of boundary organizations, foster close interaction between and among GLISA knowledge brokers and grantees, learn what GLISA products and services are ready to scale-up in the region and beyond, and to increase GLISA’s impact in the Great Lakes. Funded one-year projects are a partnership between GLISA and the grantee.

Projects will start in two phases, 7 in fall 2019 and 5 in spring 2020. The 2019 small grant competition winners include (in alphabetical order by start date):

Starting November 1, 2019:

  • Alliance for the Great Lakes
    • Project title: Calumet Connect – Modernizing the Calumet River Industrial Corridor 
    • Principal Investigator: Angela Larsen, Community Planning Director
  • American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP)
    • Protect title: Bringing For-Profit Companies into the Boundary Chain Model
    • Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Gibbons, Executive Director
  • Friends of the Shiawassee River
    • Project title: Responding to Climate Change in the Diverse Shiawassee River Watershed
    • Principal Investigator: Lorraine Austin, Executive Director
  • Michigan State University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
    • Project title: Using Climate Data to Better Manage Within-Field Unstable Yield Zones in Row-Crops
    • Principal Investigator: Bruno Basso, University Foundation Professor
  • Michigan State University Extension and AgBioResearch Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center
    • Project Title: Using Impact Scenarios and Dialogue to Enhance the Climate Resilience of Organic Dry Bean Production Systems in Michigan
    • Principal Investigator: James Dedecker, Director
  • Michigan Technological University
    • Project title: Great Lakes State Climate Change Summaries for Agriculture
    • Principal Investigator: Patricia Leopold, Research Scientist
  • Minnesota Department of Health
    • Project title: Advancing Disaster Resiliency for Minnesota Tribal Communities Through Climate Data Co-Production and Scenario Planning
    • Principal Investigator: Brenda Hoppe, Senior Research Scientist

Starting April 1, 2020:

  • American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP)
    • Protect title: Climate Change Opportunities Phase I – Creating Two Methodologies for Anticipating Growth in the Great Lakes Region
    • Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Gibbons, Executive Director
  • The Network for Public Health Law (by and through its fiscal sponsor TSNE MissionWorks)
    • Project title: Expanding Capacity to Utilize Public Health Law to Advance Climate Adaption in the Great Lakes Region
    • Principal Investigator: Jill Krueger, Northern Region Director
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    • Project title: Preparing Duluth Community Sectors for the Changing Climate
    • Principal Investigator: Julie McDonnell, Coastal Program Specialist
  • Pennsylvania Sea Grant
    • Project title: Preparing Erie, Pennsylvania for Extreme Weather – What to Do and Where to Start
    • Principal Investigator: Sara Stahlman, Extension Leader
  • Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
    • Project title: Applying Climate Information to Build Resilience: Translating Technical Results into Practical Tools for Community Decision Makers
    • Principal Investigator: Glenn Milner, Project Manager

The call for letters of intent was released on March 20, 2019 and select applicants were invited to submit full proposals. For more information on the small grants competition – and to view project abstracts for the 2019 competition winners – please visit GLISA’s website.

GLISA is one of eleven Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) teams supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) dedicated to helping the nation prepare for and adapt to climate variability and change. Through research and service, we build capacity to respond to climate-related risks in the Great Lakes region by increasing the usability of climate information for decision making. GLISA is a partnership between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University and serves the eight states in the Great Lakes basin in the United States and the Province of Ontario in Canada.