CIGLR consists of a Research Institute and a Regional Consortium, led by an administrative team and governed by an Executive
Board and Council of Fellows.
Hosted by the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), the CIGLR Research Institute complements NOAA’s workforce with a highly-skilled, permanent group of research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, technicians, and staff that expands NOAA’s research expertise and is fully-integrated into NOAA’s scientific enterprise. All CIGLR Research Institute personnel are collocated with our sponsor, the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL).
- CIGLR Research Scientists serve as principal investigators on CIGLR Cooperative Agreement (NOAA) and external proposals, engage in collaborative research with NOAA scientists and Regional Consortium partners, and mentor undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. CIGLR Research Scientists are faculty members in the University of Michigan SNRE.
- CIGLR postdoctoral fellows work with CIGLR and GLERL Research Scientists to receive early career training in a NOAA mission-related research topic in the Great Lakes.
- CIGLR research support staff work with CIGLR and GLERL principal investigators on technical aspects of their research projects.
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To maintain a successful cooperative institute, organization is key. CIGLR consists of a Research Institute and a Regional Consortium, led by an administrative team and governed by an Executive Board and Council of Fellows.
CIGLR complements its Research Institute with a Regional Consortium that expands our research capacity, intellectual expertise, and geographic scope, thus increasing GLERL’s ability to fulfill NOAA’s mission in the Great Lakes.
Nine University Partner institutions have committed to support research at NOAA GLERL by providing their research infrastructure (research vessels, labs) and intellectual capacity at uniformly-low research costs across the Great Lakes basin.
University Partners include:
In addition to the 9 University Partners, 25 universities that span the Great Lakes have joined CIGLR as University Affiliates. University Affiliates serve as essential collaborators for select PIs at NOAA GLERL but do not provide the consortium with reduced research costs or access to infrastructure.
University Affiliates Include:
Private Sector Partners
5 Private-sector Partners will help CIGLR and NOAA GLERL transition scientific research into application and help policy-makers and resource managers link science with public interests.
Private Sector Partners Include:
Supporting Initiatives and NOAA Programs
Several influential initiatives and programs in the Great Lakes support CIGLR and serve various functions in research, policy engagement, and public outreach and communications in the Great Lakes region.
Supporting Initiatives & NOAA Programs Include:
- Council of Great Lakes Industries
- Great Lakes Commission
- Great Lakes Observing System
- USGS Great Lakes Science Center
- International Joint Commission
- Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve
- Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve
- Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
- Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary
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The CIGLR Regional Consortium of over 40 institutions and organizations expands NOAA’s access to research expertise and infrastructure across the Great Lakes basin.