Most of the research will be done by redirecting current efforts. Other major funding sources include:
$450,000 from NOAA Ship Support for chartering large research vessels including 45 days on EPA;s 180 foot R/V Lake Guardian
$450,000 in cost match from EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office, providing an extra 45 day of ship time on the R/V Lake Guardian.
$385,000 in NOAA IOOS funds for expanding GLERL's real-time observation network in Lake Erie.
$250,000 from the National Sea Grant College Program office, $25,000 each from the Ohio and New York Sea Grant , and $7,000 from the Pennsylvania Sea Grant College programs to fund competitive university collaborative research
Support is also being provided by GLERL, that includes > 170 days of R/V Laurentian and R/V Cyclops availability on Lake Erie, research scientists, and student interns for the project.
Funding was leveraged with partnerships providing in-kind collaboration such as access to research vessels and historical and newly collected data. Funding from National Sea Grant, several Sea Grant programs, and NOAA-GLERL were used to support non-GLERL researchers on the IFYLE program. The original RFP, as well as some background information on the program at the time of the call, are provided below.