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Undergraduate Fellowship Opportunity

The Rhode Island NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) will award at least 35 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) to qualified undergraduate students interested in participating in a 10-week mentored research project in the marine life sciences and climate change. In addition to receiving professional research experience and training, SURFs will be awarded a stipend of $4200, plus $500 for research supplies. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2012. For more information, visit their website.

Student Research Opportunities in Ireland: Summer 2012

The NSF issued a grant through the *International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program* to bring U.S. students to Ireland. Four outstanding American students per year (*2 undergraduate and 2 graduate students*) will conduct marin ecological research with foreign colleagues at Europe’s first statutory marine reserve (Lough Hyne Marine Reserve) that is faced with imminent change due to large-scale alterations in the lough biota.

IRES students will participate in a pre-trip 5-day orientation workshop at OIMB and then will travel together to Ireland for the 4-week project period between summer and fall academic terms. Students will work at the University College Cork Renouf Lab, a small field station accessible by boat, and live in a nearby cottage. Each IRES student will take the lead on one aspect of the rapid, community-level changes of lough biota.

The grant will provide stipend, airfare and ground transportation to OIMB for pre-trip workshop, dorm and meal costs at OIMB, transportation costs to/from Ireland. Covered subsistence costs during the project will include lodging at Lough Hyne, health and accident insurance, and bench fees.

Project details and application forms are posted at:
http://pages.uoregon.edu/oimb/Faculty/Trowbridge.htm

*The 2012 participation dates are 19 August – 22 September. The application deadline is 1 February for the 2012 trip.*

Student Research Opportunities in Ireland: Summer 2012

The NSF issued a grant through the *International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program* to bring U.S. students to Ireland. Four outstanding American students per year (*2 undergraduate and 2 graduate students*) will conduct marin ecological research with foreign colleagues at Europe’s first statutory marine reserve (Lough Hyne Marine Reserve) that is faced with imminent change due to large-scale alterations in the lough biota.

IRES students will participate in a pre-trip 5-day orientation workshop at OIMB and then will travel together to Ireland for the 4-week project period between summer and fall academic terms. Students will work at the University College Cork Renouf Lab, a small field station accessible by boat, and live in a nearby cottage. Each IRES student will take the lead on one aspect of the rapid, community-level changes of lough biota.

The grant will provide stipend, airfare and ground transportation to OIMB for pre-trip workshop, dorm and meal costs at OIMB, transportation costs to/from Ireland. Covered subsistence costs during the project will include lodging at Lough Hyne, health and accident insurance, and bench fees.

Project details and application forms are posted at:
http://pages.uoregon.edu/oimb/Faculty/Trowbridge.htm

*The 2012 participation dates are 19 August – 22 September. The application deadline is 1 February for the 2012 trip.*

Mini-Grants Funding Opportunity

COSEE Ocean Systems and NEOSEC Collaboration
Mini-grants Funding Opportunity
Request for Proposals

October 2011

Background

NEOSEC is a collaboration of more than forty institutions from across New England, including aquariums, museums, universities, government entities and science and research centers, that share a commitment to making Ocean Literacy a goal for all of New England.

Member institutions work together under the joint mission of leveraging and strengthening the region’s extraordinary ocean science and educational assets to advance understanding of the vital connections between people and the ocean. Our combined expertise, resources, and networks in turn strengthen our member institutions and their programs and services in support of their own missions. Ocean Systems (COSEE-OS) is one of 14 Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Center’s goal is to help the COSEE Network reach rural and inland audiences. COSEE-OS creates and evaluates tools and techniques that broaden understanding of oceans in the context of the earth and solar systems.

NEOSEC is collaborating with COSEE-OS to:

  1. Increase involvement of scientists in NEOSEC collaborative programs and within individual NEOSEC institutional programs
  2. Support NEOSEC institutions in working with individual ocean scientists on fulfilling their broader impact requirements
  3. Leverage COSEE-OS content resources and concept mapping tools in content areas such as climate change
  4. Help to document and disseminate NEOSEC’s model for collaboration

Mini-grants Program and Goals
A specific activity under this partnership is distribution of mini-grants to fund NEOSEC collaborations with scientists centered on developing museum or aquarium exhibits, formal classroom activities, and informal educational programming.

The goal of the mini-grant program is to support individual institutions in work directly with ocean scientists to advance ocean literacy, achieve broader impacts of ocean research, and expand partnerships between scientists and educators.

Funding and eligibility
A maximum of $15,000 is available, from which we expect to award several mini-grants of $3,000 to $5,000.

Grants will be awarded to an organization or group of organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • The project must be a partnership involving one or more educational institutions, and scientist(s) from one or more research institutions.
  • At least one partner organization must be an institutional member of NEOSEC that conducts education and outreach programs
  • At least one ocean scientist must be involved (anyone doing marine or aquatic research in a scientific discipline at a graduate or post-graduate level). Preference will be given to scientists or organizations that receive NSF research funding.
  • The program or activity proposed must focus on achieving broader impacts of ocean science research. See the NSF website (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/nsf07046/nsf07046.jsp) for a definition of broader impacts.

    Funds may be used to partially defray staffing and other program development and implementation costs at the participating institutions.

    Funds are for direct costs only, i.e., no institutional overhead should be included.

    Funded projects will also receive support from NEOSEC staff in the form of:

    • a collaborative project design and planning workshop with other grantees
    • assistance with forming and facilitating partnerships
    • support for project evaluation

    To apply
    To be considered for funding, send a proposal in electronic form (preferably MS Word) by 5:00 ET on December 15, 2011 to Billy Spitzer at bspitzer@neaq.org. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel consisting of representatives from COSEE-OS and NEOSEC staff. Awards will be announced by January 5, 2012.

    Proposals must be no more than three pages in total (including budget) and include the following:

    • Description of the proposed program including:
      • Purpose—what is the specific goal of the proposed project?
      • Inputs—who will be involved in the project? What resources are required?
      • Outputs—what program or product will the project produce? How might they be useful to future collaborators?
      • Outcomes—what do you hope the project will achieve? Will the program be sustainable or have other longer term impacts?
      • Timeframe—when will the program occur?
    • Amount requested, with a simple budget
    • How you will evaluate the success of the project
    • How you will share the process and results of the project
    • Contact information (name, organizational affiliation, email address, phone number) of primary applicant

    For more information
    If you have questions, please contact Billy Spitzer at bspitzer@neaq.org

NSF Funding Website

The National Science Foundation offers a funding website which allows you to search for grants and funding.  Visitors can search by keyword, program area, current offerings, and through an advanced search.  There are categories for undergraduates and graduates, K-12 educators, and more.  The website also offers a Grant Proposal Guide and a helpful Grants.gov Application Guide.  Upcoming grants include ITEST (see below), teacher scholarship, Antarctic research, and many more.  Be sure to check this out if you haven’t visited before.  Visit the NSF funding website