The CTFS-SIGEO Grants Program provides opportunities for researchers, post doctorate fellows, and graduate students to use existing CTFS-SIGEO plots to conduct research with scientists affiliated with them. Social scientists and natural scientists are encouraged to apply.
What types of projects will the CTFS-SIGEO Grants Program support?
Anyone working directly in a CTFS-SIGEO plot, analyzing plot data, or generating complementary data that strengthens CTFS-SIGEO programs is eligible to apply. Projects can be field-oriented, herbarium- or laboratory-based, or analytical. Research projects can be either basic or applied in nature. Social scientists and natural scientists are encouraged to apply.
Who is eligible to apply?
The CTFS-SIGEO Grants Program is open to all researchers, from graduate students to senior scientists. In some cases, advanced undergraduates will also be considered. Preference will be given to scientists in the countries with CTFS-SIGEO sites and to all graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Applicants of all nationalities are welcome to apply.
How much funding can one request and for how long?
The majority of the CTFS-SIGEO research grants will be in the $2,000-$15,000 range. The CTFS-SIGEO Grants Program will make awards for projects three months to two years in length.
What expenses can be included in the grant proposal?
Funding is restricted to expenses directly related to field research, laboratory research, and data analysis. Examples of eligible expenses include travel, living expenses during fieldwork, supplies, research assistance, and resulting publications. Funds are not available for salary and/or fringe benefits of applicant, tuition, non-project personnel, or travel to meetings. In addition, the grants program will NOT support indirect costs for institutional support.
Does the CTFS-SIGEO Grants Program support undergraduate and graduate study costs?
No. Funding cannot be applied to undergraduate and graduate expenses such as tuition, books, and fees.
What should be included in the application?
·Cover Sheet. Include project title, name, contact information and nationality of principal investigator(s), duration of project, and status of PI(s). Please indicate study site(s) of proposed research.
·Research Proposal (not to exceed 1000 words; strictly enforced). The proposal must describe the proposed research, indicate its relevance to one or more CTFS-SIGEO plots, and explain the significance of the work to a broader discipline. The general format of the proposal should include: introduction, description of research project with clearly stated hypotheses, significance of research, detailed methods, anticipated outcomes, and bibliography/references. Note: Bibliography should not be counted as part of the word limit for the proposal.
·List of Collaborators. Provide a list of collaborators on the project. For graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, an advisor is also necessary. Host-country collaborators are strongly recommended. Note: In addition, applicants must demonstrate that they have contacted plot directors BEFORE submitting a proposal.
·Curriculum Vitae. An applicant's CV should include contact information, educational background, current and previous fellowships and grants, and research interests. Note: CV should not exceed two pages.
·Proposed Referees. Please provide contact information for two people that could review the proposed research but who are not current collaborators or advisors.
·Detailed Budget and Timeline. A budget should include all costs related to carrying out proposed research. Please see above for expenses that can be included in the proposal. A budget justification is also suggested. A chronogram with the schedule for all research activities proposed should be included.
How will applications be evaluated?
Applicants are evaluated by a panel of scientists associated with the CTFS-SIGEO network. Larger grant proposals may also be reviewed by outside scholars. Awards are made on the basis of the proposal’s merit, the applicant’s ability to carry out the proposed research, the likelihood that the research can be carried out in the proposed time frame, and the extent to which CTFS-SIGEO plots contribute to the proposed research. Priority will be given to early-career researchers and researchers with less access to institutional funding.
When are applications due?
Applications are due by 5PM EDT on June 14, 2013.
How should proposals be submitted?
Please send all materials in pdf format to CTFS-SIGEO Program Assistant Delaney Rakosnik at RakosnikD@si.edu