Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC)
February 2018 Letter from the Director
Hello from the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center!
A couple of months ago, we issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to address Minnesota’s highest priority research needs to prevent, control, and manage aquatic invasive species. This is our third competitive RFP, open to all Minnesota-based researchers and their collaborators. This process has served the state well, as it focuses research on high-priority needs and evaluates the quality of the science to ensure the best bang for the research buck.
This year, we received 20 proposals requesting a total of $4.2 million – both new records! This was a good new, bad news situation. It was amazing to see the innovation, creativity and value proposed by many of the researchers and I wanted to support many more than we could. Unfortunately, we only have the funding to support five projects this year and very hard decisions were made to select the top projects. Those investigators are currently working on full proposals that will be sent out for scientific peer-review in the coming months – stay tuned for details as they are finalized!