"Environment" research area

2016-2017 MnDRIVE Bioremediation Seed Grants RFP

Deadline: 
April 11, 2016
The deadline for this funding opportunity has passed.

MnDRIVE: Advancing industry, conserving our environment, is requesting proposals for new research on microbial systems for bioremediation. 

Expression of Interest due March 29, 2016

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I. Requirements

1. New Research

Seed Grants are intended to support new research. Only new, unfunded projects will be considered. If you currently have MnDRIVE bioremediation funding, you are not eligible for funding this cycle. You may apply If you were funded in a previous cycle and have completed spending of all MnDRIVE funds. Researchers may submit one proposal in each category, but only one grant will be awarded to each PI. You may, however, be funded as co-PI on a second proposal. 

2. Strong Bioremediation Component

 Basic and applied research in the area of bioremediation will be considered. Preference will be given to translational research in the following areas:

a. Reduction of environmental impacts from anthropogenic activities (such as agriculture and industry).

b. Remediation/clean-up of a broad variety of environments, including soil, water, and air.

c. Development of new technologies or tools that enhance bioremediation.

3. Clear Industry Partnership

 Advances in bioremediation need to be embraced by industry to be put into practice. Proposals must have a clear, documented, and independent industry partner. 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.

4. Outreach

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 scholars and postdoctoral scholars should expect to spend a total of 5-10 hours on outreach. 

5. Participation in the annual MnDRIVE Symposium

Selected scholars will be required to make a presentation, either as a platform presentation or a poster presentation, at our annual MnDRIVE symposium, typically held in early-to-mid spring semester.

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II. Expression of Interest

PI’s must submit a 2-3 sentence expression of interest by March 29, 2016, describing their project and identifying and explaining the role of the industry partner. Expressions of interested should be emailed to bticom@umn.edu

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III. Q&AProgram 

Co-directors, Paige Novak and Mike Sadowsky will host a Q&A on March 25, 2016 at 11:00 am in Walter Library 402. Questions regarding the industry partnership component, outreach, or the appropriateness of various research ideas can be addressed in detail at that time. We will also try to assist researchers with locating an industry partner if needed. 

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IV. Categories

1. 2016 – 2017 Request for Proposals for MnDRIVE Seed Grants for Postdoctoral Scholars

Deadline: April 11, 2016

Link to Application: Postdoctoral Scholars
Faculty members may submit proposals to support new projects. Funds must not be used to support the ongoing work of postdocs currently at the University of Minnesota. 

Please submit a 2-page single-spaced proposal, including references, using our online application by April 11, 2016, five 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.

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 demonstration of excellent progress. The intention of this program is, however, to supply seed grant funding that can then be leveraged for other funding applications.

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, agency, and industry engineers and scientists.

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2. 2016 - 2017 Request for Proposals for MnDRIVE Seed Grants for Graduate Research Scholars
Deadline: April 11, 2016

Link to Application: Graduate Research Scholars

Faculty members may submit proposals to support new projects. Funds must not be used to support the ongoing work of graduate students currently at the University of Minnesota. 

To apply, please submit a 2-page single-spaced proposal, including references, using our online application by April 11, 2016, five 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.

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 demonstration of excellent progress. Again, the intention of this program is to supply seed grant funding to researchers to provide leverage for other funding applications.

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, agency, and industry engineers and scientists.