Call for Proposals: Research Grants Program 2020 by Smithsonian Forest Global Earth Observatory Networks: Submit by May 29

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The Smithsonian Forest Global Earth Observatory Networks now invites proposals for the Research Grants Program 2020. The Research Grants Program of the Smithsonian Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) funds research projects associated with the ForestGEO network of Forest Dynamics Sites.

The program is intended to provide opportunities for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career researchers (researchers who have completed their Ph.D. within the last seven years) to use existing Forest Dynamics Sites and conduct research in collaboration with scientists currently associated with these sites.

Focus Areas

The Grants Program supports research directly tied to ForestGEO Forest Dynamics Sites, including projects requiring fieldwork, site data analysis, or the generation of complementary data that strengthens ForestGEO programs. Projects can be field-oriented, herbarium- or laboratory-based, or analytical. Research projects can be basic or applied in nature and based around the social or natural sciences. Project duration can range from 3 months to 2 years.

Grants
  • Research projects up to $15,000 USD will be considered.
  • Funding is restricted to expenses directly related to field research, laboratory research, and data analysis. Examples of eligible expenses include travel, living expenses during fieldwork, supplies, research assistance, and publication fees.
  • Funding is not available for salary and/or fringe benefits of the applicant, indirect costs for institutional support, undergraduate or graduate study costs (e.g., tuition, textbooks, fees), non-project personnel, or travel to meetings.
Eligibility Criteria
  1. Students, postdocs, and early career researchers (researchers who have completed their Ph.D. within the last seven years) who are working directly in a ForestGEO Forest Dynamics Site, analyzing site data, or generating complementary data that strengthens ForestGEO programs are eligible to apply.
  2. Both social scientists and natural scientists are encouraged to apply.
  3. In rare cases, highly advanced undergraduate students will be considered. Applicants of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
  4. Priority will be given to researchers with less access to other institutional funds, projects that include multiple sites, and projects that include a strong educational/capacity-building component.
Evaluation Criteria

Applications are evaluated by a panel of scientists associated with the ForestGEO network. Outside scholars may also be called on to review grant proposals. Awards are made based on the proposal’s merit, the applicant’s ability to carry out the proposed research, the likelihood that the research can be carried out in the proposed timeframe, the extent to which ForestGEO sites contribute to the proposed research, and the broader significance of the project.

How to Apply?

Interested candidates can apply online by clicking here. Candidates also need to submit a single PDF Document containing the research proposals and send them via email to ForestGEO@si.edu.

The last date to submit your proposals is May 29, 2020.

Contact

Email ID: ForestGEO@si.edu

For further details, click here.

 

 

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