"Environment" research area

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

Deadline: 
June 20, 2019
The deadline for this funding opportunity has passed.

I. Goals

The goal of the seed grant program is to improve bioremediation/biodegradation strategies and their industrial applications through improved understanding, 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 and biodegradation. 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 August 1, 2019. 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/Biodegradation Component

Basic and applied research in the area of bioremediation and/or biodegradation 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, mining, and industry).

b. Bioremediation/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/biodegradation need to be embraced by industry or organizational practitioners in order to be implemented. Proposals must have a clear, documented, and independent industry/organizational (i.e., state agency) partner. Please indicate which company, agency, or organization will be partnering with you and provide documentation of this partnership via a letter of support. You also must document and how you plan to work with them to achieve project goals. Please be specific.

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, collaboration with the Bell Museum, college-level outreach initiatives, or collaboration with an artist. 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. 2019 MnDRIVE Seed Grants for Postdoctoral Scholars
Deadline: June 20, 2019
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 June 20, 2019, five p.m. The proposal should be written in 12 pt. font with 1-inch margins and should clearly indicate how the proposed research aligns with the 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 all UM 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, Paige Novak, or Jeff Standish for clarification.

 

2. 2019 MnDRIVE Seed Grants for Graduate Research Scholars
Deadline: June 20, 2019
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 June 20, 2019, 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 the 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, which includes $10,000 for supplies/services and up to $45,000 for graduate research scholar stipend and fringe (the actual amount depending on the home departmental norms). 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 all UM 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, Paige Novak, or Jeff Standish for clarification.

 

3. 2019 Request for MnDRIVE Seed Grants for Undergraduate Scholars
Deadline: June 20, 2019
Link to Application: Undergraduate Research Scholars

To apply, faculty should submit a 1-page single-spaced proposal, including references, using our online application by June 20, 2019, 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 the 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, small group mentoring in a K-12 setting, or collaboration with an artist. If faculty have any questions about this RFP, please email Michael Sadowsky, Paige Novak, and/orJeff Standish 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. University of Minnesota faculty on all UM campuses are invited to apply. Proposals will be evaluated by a committee consisting of faculty, agency, and industry scientists.