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NOAA names University of Michigan to host cooperative institute for Great Lakes region
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NOAA names University of Michigan to host cooperative institute for Great Lakes region

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today announced it has selected the University of Michigan to continue hosting NOAA’s cooperative institute in the Great Lakes region. 

NOAA made the selection after an open, competitive evaluation to continue funding the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR), formerly called the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research. 

Robot tests for harmful algae

Robot tests for harmful algae

NOAA and cooperative institute scientists lower a robot designed to sample for harmful algae. (NOAA)
The selection comes with a commitment of up to $20 million over the course of the five-year award, with the potential for renewal for another five years based on successful performance.

“Our cooperative institutes provide real partnership, expertise and flexibility, which is very important in achieving NOAA’s mission,” said Craig McLean, NOAA’s assistant administrator for NOAA Research. “They provide a talented body of scientists, diverse thinking, and nimble responsiveness to our needs while helping to train the next generation of researchers. Our nation's stewardship of the Great Lakes, which contain 90 percent of our nation's surface freshwater, is strengthened by this dynamic research collaboration.”

CIGLR will conduct research that encompasses the entire Great Lakes region, focusing on the four major areas that directly align with the scientific research at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory: 

     Observing systems and advanced technology

     Invasive species and food-web ecology

     Hydrometeorological and ecosystem forecasting

     Protection and restoration of resources 

NOAA supports 16 cooperative institutes consisting of 42 universities and research institutions across 23 states and the District of Columbia. These research institutions provide strong educational programs that promote student and postdoctoral scientist involvement in NOAA-funded research. 

Link to University of Michigan news release

For more information, please contact Monica Allen, director public affairs for NOAA Research, at 301-734-1123 or by email at

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