"Environment" research area

2015-2016 Seed Grants

Deadline: 
October 15, 2015
The deadline for this funding opportunity has passed.

As part of our University of Minnesota MnDRIVE Initiative: Advancing Industry, Conserving Our Environment, we now request proposals for new MnDRIVE research projects in the area of Microbial Systems for Bioremediation.

The goals of this University of Minnesota initiative are to improve the environment and enhance industrial applications through the augmentation or alteration of microorganisms or communities. Proposed research can span from basic to applied sciences, with an emphasis on translational research involving the use of microorganisms to clean the environment. These projects should be new, and funds should not be used to support existing studies. Applications must emphasize relevance to Minnesota’s industry or environment.

Example research projects supported by this initiative are the use of microorganisms for:

  • Reduction of the environmental impact of anthropogenic activities (such as agriculture and industry).
    Remediation/clean-up of a broad variety of environments, including soil, water, and air.
  • Development of new technologies or tools that enhance bioremediation.

2015-2016 Seed Grants are available in three categories outlined in detail below: post-doctoral research, graduate student research, and undergraduate research.

Researchers are encouraged to submit one post-doctoral or graduate student proposal per lab and only one grant will be awarded to each PI. You may, however, appear as co-PI on a second proposal. This restriction only applies to Postdoc and Graduate Student applications. You may also apply for an undergraduate award during this funding cycle.

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1. Seed Grants for Post-doctoral Scholars

Deadline: October 15, 2015

Post-doctoral Research Application

To be considered, proposals must come from faculty, not from postdocs. As such, proposals should be for new projects and are to be used to support postdocs not currently engaged at the University of Minnesota.

To apply, please submit a 2-page single-spaced proposal, including references, using our online application by October 15, 2015, 5 p.m. CST. The proposal should be written in 12 pt. font with 1-inch margins and should clearly indicate how the proposed research aligns with this MnDRIVE initiative’s goals (http://mndrive.umn.edu/environment). Applicants should also submit a 2-page CV.

A partnership with a specific Minnesota industry is a core requirement for this grant. Please indicate which company will be partnering with you, how you plan to collaborate with them, and why that partnership is an integral part of this research.

Each project must also include an outreach component. Examples of appropriate outreach projects are instructional programs in a K-12 setting, video presentations of research posted on the BTI video channel, or small group mentoring in a K-12 setting. Postdoctoral scholars should expect to spend a total of 5-10 hours on outreach, depending on the project.

Selected postdoctoral scholars will be required to make a presentation at our annual MnDRIVE symposium.

Applicants will be selected based on proposal quality and alignment with the initiative’s goals. Each award will be $65,000, which includes $50,000 for postdoctoral scholar salary and fringe and $15,000 for supplies/services. Initial awards will be for one year, and can be renewed for a second year contingent upon excellent progress.

University of Minnesota faculty on both the UM-TC and UMD campuses are invited to apply.

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee consisting of faculty, and agency and industry scientists.

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2. Seed Grants for Graduate Research Scholars

Deadline: October 15, 2015

Graduate Research Application

To be considered, proposals must come from faculty, not from students. As such, proposals should be for new projects and can be used to support graduate students not currently at the University of Minnesota.

To apply, please submit a 2-page single-spaced proposal, including references, using our online application by October 15, 2015, 5 p.m. CST. The proposal should be written in 12 pt. font with 1-inch margins and should clearly indicate how the proposed research aligns with this MnDRIVE initiative’s goals (http://mndrive.umn.edu/environment). Applicants should also submit a 2-page CV.

A partnership with a specific Minnesota industry is a core requirement for this grant. Please indicate which company will be partnering with you, how you plan to collaborate with them, and why that partnership is an integral part of this research.

Each project must also include an outreach component. Examples of appropriate outreach projects are instructional programs in a K-12 setting, video presentations of research posted on the BTI video channel, or small group mentoring in a K-12 setting. Graduate student scholars should expect to spend a total of 8-12 hours on outreach, depending on the project.

Selected graduate research scholars will be required to make a presentation at our annual MnDRIVE symposium.

Applicants will be selected based on proposal quality and alignment with the initiative’s goals. Each award will be $50,000, which includes $40,000 for graduate research scholar salary and fringe and $10,000 for supplies/services. Initial awards will be for one year, and can be renewed for a second year contingent upon excellent progress.

University of Minnesota faculty on both the UM-TC and UMD campuses are invited to apply.

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee consisting of faculty, and agency and industry scientists.

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3. Seed Grants for Undergraduate Scholars

Deadline: October 15, 2015

Undergraduate Research Application

To apply, faculty should submit a 1-page single-spaced proposal, including references, using our online application by October 15, 2015, 5 p.m. CST. The proposal should be written in 12 pt. font with 1-inch margins and should clearly indicate how the proposed research aligns with this MnDRIVE initiative’s goals (http://mndrive.umn.edu/environment) and the relevance of the research to the state of Minnesota. The proposed student need not be identified at the time of submission.

Each project must also include an outreach component. Examples of appropriate outreach projects are instructional programs in a K-12 setting, video presentations of research posted on the BTI video channel, or small group mentoring in a K-12 setting. Undergraduate scholars should expect to spend a total of 3-5 hours on outreach, depending on the project.

If faculty have any questions about this RFP, please email Michael Sadowsky and/or Paige Novak for clarification.

Applicants will be selected based on proposal quality and alignment with the initiative’s goals. Each MnDRIVE undergraduate scholar will be granted $5,000 to be used in support of their salary and up to $500 for supplies/services. Awards will be for two semesters in 2015-16.

University of Minnesota faculty on both the UM-TC and UMD campuses are invited to apply.

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee consisting of faculty, and agency and industry scientists.