"Environment" research area

2018 MnDRIVE Environment Demonstration Grants

December 8, 2017
The deadline for this funding opportunity has passed.

Link to Application: Application 

The MnDRIVE initiative in Advancing Industry, Conserving Our Environment is now requesting proposals for new field-scale demonstration projects in the area of microbial systems for bioremediation.

Background and Goals of the MnDRIVE Environment initiative

The goal of this initiative is to improve the environment and enhance industrial applications through the use, augmentation, or alteration of microorganisms or microbial communities. Proposed research areas can span from basic to applied sciences, with an emphasis on translational research involving the use of microorganisms to clean the environment. Applicants will be selected based on proposal quality and alignment with the initiative’s goals. Example research projects supported by this initiative are the use of microorganisms for:

1. Reduction of the environmental impact of anthropogenic activities (such as those created by agriculture and industry).

2. Remediation/Cleanup of a broad variety of environments, including soil, water, and air.

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

Application Criteria for Environment Demonstration Grant RFP 

    • Research teams should include two or more principal investigators and sufficient support staff (postdocs, technicians, other staff) to accomplish the proposed research.
    • Awards can be for up to $500,000 for a two-year period.
    • Applications must emphasize relevance to Minnesota’s industry or environment.
    • The scientific feasibility and proof of concept for the project should already be demonstrated by prior laboratory work and/or peer-reviewed publications.
    • Additional consideration will be given to projects that can be extended beyond their initial proposed implementation period, and could be used as a platform for future research and funding.
    • A substantial partnership with a clearly identified Minnesota industry or state agency is a core requirement for this grant. Please indicate which company/agency will be partnering with you, how you plan to collaborate with them, how they are important in translating the research to the demonstration scale, and why that partnership is an integral part of this research.

University of Minnesota faculty on all UM campuses are invited to apply. A researcher may serve as PI on only one proposal. You may apply for a demonstration grant even if you previously applied for or received support through the MnDRIVE Seed Grant program. 

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

To Apply

Please submit a proposal document containing the following sections as a single merged pdf using our online application system by December 8th, 2017, 5 p.m. CST.

1. Title and summary (300 words maximum) on a single page.

2. Proposal document – 5 pages maximum (1-inch margins, 12 pt. font) which includes the following sections in no particular order:

a. Project description, including a brief background, objectives, and approach, with sufficient technical detail to pass review. 

b. Description of importance of the project to the state of Minnesota, and how the project aligns with the MnDRIVE Environment’s goals (http://mndrive.umn.edu/environment).

c. Description of the research team, including the roles and qualifications of the PIs and Co-PIs, postdocs, technicians and other support staff, and other personnel involved (including industry partners). This description should also demonstrate that members of the team have experience implementing field-scale research.

d. Project timeline and activity schedule (small table or graphic).

3. Literature cited.

4. Budget summary (<1 page) and justification (1 page), including salaries, supplies, equipment, etc. 

5. CV – 2 page CV for each PI and Co-PI.

6. Detailed letter(s) of collaboration or support from industry/agency partner.