Request for Preproposals - Information Technology and Environmental Outcomes

**Thank you to all who submitted preproposals in response to this RFP.**

The Great Lakes Protection Fund seeks to support a suite of projects that design, deploy, and evaluate information technology-supported initiatives that permit individuals, institutions, and/or private corporations to make healthier choices for the Great Lakes ecosystem. The Fund believes that new or existing information technology can connect behaviors to ecosystem outcomes and push the collection of individual, seemingly isolated behaviors towards a tipping point that improves Great Lakes health. We want to support a number of project teams willing to test specific applications of this hypothesis.

Projects should use new or available technology to present opportunities for basin residents, businesses and governments to undertake seemingly inconsequential activities that, in aggregate, can lead to ecologically meaningful results.

Like all Fund supported work, these projects should be team-based, collaborative efforts that lead to meaningful actions to restore Great Lakes’ health. The most successful teams will mobilize information technology skills, conservation leadership, and commercial partners willing to work together.

The Fund will not support advocacy campaigns, provide operating support or replace government funds.

Five page preproposals are due by Midnight, February 3, 2013. The Fund will begin review upon receipt and earlier submittals are encouraged. In late February 2013, project teams from the selected preproposals will be invited to submit a more detailed full proposal. Funding decisions will be made in June 2013.

Request for Preproposals (pdf)

Preproposal Cover Sheet (Word doc, must accompany all submittals)

Possible Project Ideas (webpage)

Additional Resources (webpage)

Frequently Asked Questions *Updated* (webpage)

Policy on Intellectual Property (webpage)

General Funding Guidelines (webpage)

We encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have concerning your submittal or our process.