Request For Proposals:
O.N. Allen Soil and Environmental Microbiology Small-Grants Program 2018
We are pleased to announce a small-grant opportunity for UW-Madison graduate students and postdocs studying soil and environmental microbiology, supported by the O.N. Allen professorship in Soil Science, the WID Multi-Omics Hub, the Department of Plant Pathology, and the Department of Bacteriology. We are requesting proposals for up to $2,500 to support research in soil and environmental microbiology. Proposals will be reviewed by an NSF-style panel of students and postdocs with broad scientific backgrounds, and we expect to make up to 15 awards in 2018.
These awards are intended to develop and support grant-writing, reviewing, and independent research skills in a broad range of early-career scientists and to connect researchers across colleges, bringing together diverse areas of environmental microbiology, including soil, water, animal, and plant microbiome research. Applicants who are selected to receive small grants will be required to participate in a campus-wide environmental microbiology symposium in the spring of 2019, where they and other researchers across campus will present their research in short talks and a poster session.
All proposal materials MUST be received by 11:59 PM on Friday, May 25, 2018.
We encourage applicants to attend the grant-writing peer workshop in conjunction with the Writing Center, which will be held in Soils 357 on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, from 11:30AM-1PM. Participants should bring their drafts of their proposals (the further along the better). We will provide pizza. Workshop RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org would be appreciated to help us estimate numbers of attendees, but all are welcome to attend.
Graduate students and postdocs who are not submitting proposals but are interested in gaining hands-on NSF-style review panel experience are encouraged to join the review panel. Please contact email@example.com with your name and field of research.
Eligibility and Responsibilities
UW-Madison graduate students and postdocs from any field with research interests in soil and environmental microbiology are encouraged to apply. We encourage dual- or multi-investigator proposals, particularly when the investigators bridge two or more different fields. The program does not fund human/medical or model organism microbial research.
The O.N. Allen Soil and Environmental Microbiology Small-Grants Program will fund only research and travel costs associated with the proposed research. It cannot provide support for graduate student stipends, conference or workshop attendance/travel, computer purchases, or equipment typically available in the laboratories of associated faculty. Funds cannot be used to pay journal page charges. The expectation is that requested funds will be for projects designed by the applicant(s), allowing them to conduct independent research additional to that already supported by their advisor’s program. Applicants are encouraged to use a hypothesis-driven approach, and to include functional measurements where appropriate; applicants are discouraged from requesting funds solely for sequencing microbial communities.
All funds must be spent by June 30, 2019. We do not anticipate awarding extensions. As a condition of accepting this award it is expected that awardees will:
- Complete a short final report
- Participate in future review panels evaluating research proposals
- Participate fully in the Soil and Environmental Microbiology Symposium in the spring of 2019
Send a single PDF document (saved as Lastname_Firstname_SmallGrant_Spring2018, e.g., Smith_John_SmallGrant_Spring2018.pdf or Vasquez_Carlotta_Smith_John_SmallGrant_Spring2018.pdf) including the following:
- Cover page: Complete the attached cover page form, including signature of approval from major research advisor. (1 page per investigator)
- Research interests: Provide a brief description of your background, your current graduate or postdoctoral research project, and your long-term scientific goals. (1 page per investigator)
- Research proposal: Introduce the background and rationale for your project, describe your objectives/questions and your proposed experimental approach. (3 pages)
- References: Use a standard citation format of your choosing.
- CV: (1 page per investigator)
- Budget and current and pending funding: Provide a budget for your proposal. (1 page total) Provide the title, amount, duration, and source for all grants that currently support your research. Demonstration of need and lack of other funding will be critical for success. (1 page per investigator)
Assemble one PDF file with all of these parts in the above order, each starting on a separate page. All text within the proposal must be either single-spaced or 1.5 spaced, in size 12 font, Times New Roman, and with all margins 1 inch. Figures may be included but the page limits remain the same. (Proposals not compliant with this format will be returned without review.)
The single PDF should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 11:59 PM on Friday, May 25, 2018.
Funding decisions will be made on the basis of overall scientific merit, relevance to the fields of soil and environmental microbiology, and availability of funds. A sample evaluation template is included in the proposal document. We expect the review panel will be held late May / early June, and funds should be made available mid-June 2018.
Please contact Dr. Thea Whitman (email@example.com) or Jamie Woolet (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.