The Illinois-Indiana and Wisconsin Sea Grant College Programs (IISG, WISG) issue this joint call for proposals that examine trends in the supply, demand, and policy issues relevant to sourcing locally-produced fish and seafood by individual consumers, restaurants, institutions, and markets in the Midwest. This may include aquaculture or wild-caught fish and seafood.
Priority research areas include:
- Assessment of local food systems and the feasibility of integrating locally-produced seafood, especially in urban centers (e.g., Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin, greater Chicago metropolitan area, Indianapolis, Indiana, and surrounding cities).
- Analysis of social, economic and/or policy opportunities and challenges to the development of a locally sourced seafood market into local food systems.
- Identification of policies or management actions needed to catalyze seafood market development into local food systems.
- Identification and assessment of education, outreach, and/or social initiatives needed to encourage the demand for locally-produced seafood, primarily aimed at local consumers, targeting restaurants, institutions, and permanent and seasonal markets.
Preproposals must demonstrate plans for collaboration between at least one Illinois- or Indiana-based researcher and at least one Wisconsin-based researcher. The deadline for submission to both programs is January 24, 4 pm EST (3 pm CST). The full RFP can be found at: http://www.iiseagrant.org/research/IISGWISG_2016RFP.pdf.
Anyone who is considering submitting a preproposal is invited to attend an informational webinar on Dec. 9 at 10:30 am Eastern Time (9:30 am Central Time).
For more information:
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant: contact Carolyn Foley (firstname.lastname@example.org , (765) 494-3601)
Wisconsin Sea Grant: contact Jennifer Hauxwell (email@example.com, (608) 262-0905)