"Environment" research area

2017- 2018 MnDRIVE: Environment Industrial Partnership Bioremediation Seed Grants

Deadline: 
July 1, 2017

MnDRIVE: Advancing Industry, Conserving Our Environment invites proposals for FY18 Industrial Partnership Bioremediation Seed Grants. 

I. Goals

The goal of the seed grant program is to improve bioremediation strategies and industrial applications through the augmentation or alteration of microorganisms or microbial communities. Faculty research may include basic and applied components, though preference will be given to translational research using microorganisms in environmental cleanup. Only new projects will be considered and seed grant funds may not be used to support existing studies. Applications should emphasize relevance to Minnesota’s industry and environment. 
 

II. Requirements

1. New Research
Seed Grants are intended to support new research in the area of bioremediation. 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, have completed your research project, and submitted a final report. In cases where existing projects are near completion, proposals will be considered if the PI can demonstrate that research will be completed and existing funds spent by September 1, 2017.

Researchers may submit one proposal in each category (postdoctoral and graduate research) but only one grant will be awarded to each PI. You may, however, be funded as co-PI on one additional proposal.

These restrictions do not apply to funding for undergraduate scholars, which may be funded simultaneously with other projects.

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/cleanup 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 and how you plan to work with them to achieve project goals.

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, participation in Market Science, Bell Museum, or college-level outreach initiatives. Graduate scholars and postdoctoral scholars should expect to spend a total of 5-10 hours on outreach in addition to preparation time.

5. Participation in the Annual MnDRIVE Symposium 

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

III.Categories

1. 2017 MnDRIVE Seed Grants for Postdoctoral Scholars 

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 July 1, 2017, 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. 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 $67,000, which includes $57,000 for postdoctoral 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. 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 UMN-TC and UMD campuses are invited to apply. Proposals will be evaluated by a committee consisting of faculty, agency, and industry engineers and scientists. If faculty have any questions about this RFP, please email Michael Sadowsky or Paige Novak for clarification. 

2. 2017 MnDRIVE Seed Grants for Graduate Research Scholars

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 July 1, 2017, 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. 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 up to $55,000 and will include 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 UMN-TC and UMD campuses are invited to apply. Proposals will be evaluated by a committee consisting of faculty, agency, and industry engineers and scientists. If faculty have any questions about this RFP, please email Michael Sadowsky or Paige Novak for clarification.

3. 2017 Request for MnDRIVE Seed Grants for Undergraduate Scholars

Link to Application: Undergraduate Research Scholars

To apply, faculty should submit a 1-page single-spaced proposal, including references, using our online application by July 1, 2017, 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 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.

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 2017-2018. University of Minnesota faculty on both the UMN-TC and UMD campuses are invited to apply. Proposals will be evaluated by a committee consisting of faculty, agency, and industry scientists.