NOAA Cooperative Institutes are academic and non-profit research institutions that demonstrate the highest level of performance and conduct research that supports NOAA’s mission and strategic plan. Cooperative Institutes are located at institutions whose geographic expanse extends from Hawaii to Maine and from Alaska to Florida. Currently, NOAA supports 16 Cooperative Institutes consisting of 42 universities and research institutions across 23 states and the District of Columbia.
The Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER) is a research institute that is jointly sponsored by NOAA and the University of Michigan. CILER 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. CILER 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.
CILER’s primary NOAA research partner is the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) within the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). Our researchers are housed at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) and work in direct collaboration with GLERL scientists. CILER’s administration is co-located at the University of Michigan central campus and GLERL. Scientists from CILER, Consortium universities, and GLERL partner to study the most pressing issues in the Great Lakes, including climate change, harmful algal blooms, and protection of ecosystem services.
To date, NOAA has awarded 6 consecutive Cooperative Agreements to the University of Michigan for administration of CILER. The current CILER Cooperative Agreement with NOAA was awarded in 2007 to the University of Michigan and nine Consortium universities, with a 5-year renewal awarded in 2012.