The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory maintains a diverse list of research partnerships. These include participating universities, municipalities, State, Federal, and international agencies, non-governmental institutions, and many others. These partnerships foster mutually beneficial research and collaboration, promote efficient information exchange and dissemination, and help identify and take advantage of shared resources and expertise.

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Onsite Partnerships

Onsite partnerships provide a unique opportunity for close collaboration, while sharing infrastructure costs, equipment, and personnel.

CILER logo Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR)
The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR), formerly the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER), is a research institute that is jointly sponsored by NOAA and the University of Michigan. This cooperative institute was established in 1989, with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Michigan and the Undersecretary of Oceans and Atmosphere in the United States Department of Commerce. CIGLR began in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan, but was moved to the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) in 2002. Scientists from CIGLR and GLERL partner to study the most pressing issues in the Great Lakes, including climate change, harmful algal blooms, and protection of ecosystem services.
GLOS logo Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS)
GLOS is one of 11 Regional Associations of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®), working to enhance the ability to collect, deliver, and use ocean and Great Lakes information. IOOS is a partnership among federal, regional, academic and private sector parties that work to provide data for tools and forecasts to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect our environment.
GLRI logo Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team
The NOAA Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team works across NOAA and its core grant-funded partners to identify, communicate, and respond to regional needs; catalyze collaboration and connect people and capabilities to advance NOAA’s mission and priorities specifically in the Great Lakes region. The Team focuses its work in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. The team includes representatives from NOAA programs with a significant interest in the Great Lakes and its core partners including the state coastal management programs, the Midwestern Regional Climate Center, CIGLR, CIMSS, Sea Grant, GLOS, and the National Estuarine Research Reserve program in the Great Lakes.
GLRI logo Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)
To contribute to the restoration of the Great Lakes, nearly $2.25 billion has been invested in the region since 2010 by means of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). As one of 13 Federal Agencies collaborating with U.S. EPA to implement this effort, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been allocated over $178 million since 2010 to help accomplish restoration goals using its ground-breaking science, data products and services, predictive capabilities, and partnerships.

NOAA is making significant contributions to the restoration of the Great Lakes through the GLRI by expanding and enhancing many existing programs and implementing new innovative projects that address the GLRI Action Plan.
MIchigan Sea Grant logo Great Lakes Sea Grant Extension Office
Sea Grant - a national network of universities - is a unique partnership of public and private sectors that combines research, education and technology transfer for public service. Through its network of Advisory Service (Extension) agents and its use of modern communications and education techniques, the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network plays a central role in supplying the region and the nation with usable solutions to pressing problems and providing the basic information needed to better manage Great Lakes resources.
IAGLR logo (IAGLR) International Association for Great Lakes Research.
The International Association for Great Lakes Research is a scientific organization made up of researchers studying the Laurentian Great Lakes and other large lakes of the world, as well as those with an interest in such research. IAGLR promotes all aspects of large lakes research, and communicate research findings through publications and meetings.
NOAA logo NOAA Habitat Conservation Restoration
The Restoration Center’s work in the region is focused on supporting community-identified restoration priorities in Areas of Concern—environmentally degraded areas within the Great Lakes basin. Much of this work is supported through the President’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and aims to improve fish passage, clean up marine debris, restore coastal wetlands, and remove invasive species. The Restoration Center also works to protect and restore Great Lakes coastal habitats through recovery of damages from natural resource damage claims.
National Marine Sanctuaries logoThunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries focuses on protecting our nation's ocean and Great Lakes resources - both natural and cultural. In October 2000, NOAA and the State of Michigan entered into an agreement to jointly manage the 448-square mile Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Expanded to 4,300 square-miles in 2014, the sanctuary protects shipwrecks ranging from nineteenth century wooden side-wheelers to twentieth century steel-hulled steamers.

Other Partnerships & Collaborations

International Agencies
Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Cooperative Institutes
Higher Education
Commissions & Environmental Groups