Wisconsin Research Grant Program Update

First Year of the Program: 2001-2002
The Environmental Research Forum met five times during the first year. Their work began with identification of research gap areas and development of a Request for Proposals to be distributed to the scientific community.

The Forum identified six research areas for inclusion in the Request for Proposals (RFP):

– The effect of mercury and other air pollutants on human health in Wisconsin from coal-fired power plants.

– Measurement and inventory of mercury in Wisconsin environment with regard to both sources and fate in the ecosystem.

– Deposition monitoring, modeling and fate of multiple pollutants (other than mercury) from Wisconsin power plants.

– Ecosystem impacts of electrical generation and transmission.

– Land-use issues resulting from electrical generation and transmission.

– Global climate change impacts and strategies for Wisconsin.
The Forum received twenty research proposals that met the RFP criteria, and recommended funding seven proposals, for a total of $666,788. The Department of Administration approved all seven projects for FY02 funding.

For information about the seven Environmental Research Grant Projects funded in 2002 (FY 2001), download:
Funded Environmental Research ProjectsFY02 ( 71KB)

Second Year of the Program: 2002-2003
A Request for Proposals for FY03 funding was issued in November of 2002. Research areas identified by the Forum for this year are as follows:

– Electrical Generation and Human Health:

a. Mercury: Body Burden and Levels of Exposure in Wisconsin.
b. Mercury in Wisconsin: On-site Measurement and Monitoring.
c. Fine Particulates in Wisconsin: On-site Measurement and Monitoring.
d. Hazardous Air Pollutants in Wisconsin: On-site Measurement and Monitoring-

– Carbon Sequestration/Greenhouse Gas Emissions:

a. Biotic model for Global Warming in Wisconsin.
b. Carbon and Greenhouse Gases Inventory
c. Environmental Impacts of Carbon and Greenhouse Gases Management

– The Siting of Energy Facilities:
a. Environmental Impacts of Wind Generation Siting
b. Environmental Impacts of Biomass Generation Siting
c. Transmission Lines: Ecology of Fragmentation and Transmission Line Siting; Impact of Transmission Line Construction Activity; Placement of Transmission Lines.

– Environmental Monitoring of Multiple Pollutants Including Mercury from Wisconsin Power Plants:
a. Deposition monitoring of multiple pollutants including mercury.
b. Biomonitoring of multiple pollutants including mercury.

The Forum received twenty-five research proposals that met the RFP criteria, and recommended funding ten proposals, for a total fo $965,556. The Department of Administration approved all ten projects for FY03 funding.

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