"Environment" research area

2017 MnDRIVE Bioremediation Seed Grants

Deadline: 
December 9, 2016
The deadline for this funding opportunity has passed.

2017 MnDRIVE Bioremediation Seed Grants

Expression of Interest: Nov 18, 2016
Application Deadline: December 9, 2016

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

I. 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 and have completed your research project, including disbursement of all funds, by December 31, 2016. In cases where existing projects are near completion, but will not be done by year-end, proposals will be considered if PI’s can demonstrate that research will be completed and existing funds spent by April 30, 2016.This does not apply to funding for undergraduate scholars, which may be funded simultaneously with other projects.

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 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:

    1. Reduction of environmental impacts from anthropogenic activities (such as agriculture and industry).
    2. Remediation/clean-up of a broad variety of environments, including soil, water, and air.
    3. 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 integral to the 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 either a platform presentation or a poster presentation at our annual MnDRIVE Symposium, typically held early-to-mid spring semester.

II. Expression of Interest

PI’s must submit a 2-3 sentence expression of interest by Nov 18, 2016, describing their project and identifying and explaining the role of the industry partner. These should be emailed to bticom@umn.edu.

III. Categories

1. 2017 MnDRIVE Seed Grants for Postdoctoral Scholars

Deadline: Dec 9, 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 December 9, 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 $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 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.

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

Deadline: Dec 9, 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 December 9, 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.

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

Deadline: Dec 9, 2016

Link to Application: Undergraduate Research Scholars

To apply, faculty should submit a 1-page single-spaced proposal, including references, using our online application by Dec 9, 2016, 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.

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.

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.