Great Lakes Higher Education Partnership Pilot Fund: Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals: Protection and Sustainable Use of the Waters of the Great Lakes Watershed

Deadline: November 30, 2021

The Great Lakes Higher Education Consortium (GLHEC) was launched in 2020 to facilitate a new
era of cross-border, institutional collaboration in the Great Lakes region with a focus on three
overarching priorities for strengthening the region’s long-term competitiveness and sustainability
– skills and talent development, research and innovation, and entrepreneurship. The Consortium
will solve real world problems to support sustainable growth and inclusive economic development
and will advance a shared commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

The Consortium, with funding from the United States Mission in Canada to the Council of the
Great Lakes Region, is piloting a dedicated Great Lakes Higher Education Partnership Fund and
Grant to facilitate the creation of binational partnerships and programs between higher education
institutions (HEIs), government, and businesses in the region.

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the
United States and Canada in 2022, the first Call for Proposals from the Consortium is seeking
proposals that support the formation of new collaborations, or grow existing ones, which respond
to the protection and sustainable use of water in the Great Lakes watershed as well as the
broader Great Lakes mega-region.

Ideal proposals would seek to address legacy and emerging water quality and use risks in the Great
Lakes watershed and the broader region through binational projects that embrace collaborative
research, student skills development and workforce development, the creation of novel water
protection and conservation approaches or technologies, and/or the transformation of innovative
water solutions into new Great Lakes enterprises. Ideal proposals would also seek to develop, or
include, collaborations with industry, government agencies, and/or other water clusters or centres
of excellence in the region.

See the full Call for Proposals here.

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