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Research Grants Program of the Center for Tropical Forest Science - Forest Global Earth Observatories, USA


June 15, 2015

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Deadline: 5PM EDT, Monday, June 15th, 2015

The Research Grants Program of the Center for Tropical Forest Science - Forest Global Earth Observatories (CTFS-ForestGEO) funds research projects associated with the CTFS-ForestGEO network of Forest Dynamics Plots. The program is intended to provide opportunities for senior researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to use existing Forest Dynamics Plots and conduct research in collaboration with scientists currently associated with these plots.

The Grants Program supports research directly tied to CTFS-ForestGEO Forest Dynamics Plots, including projects requiring field work, plot data analysis, or the generation of complementary data that strengthens CTFS-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.

Anyone working directly in a CTFS-ForestGEO Forest Dynamics Plot, analyzing plot data, or generating complementary data that strengthens CTFS-ForestGEO programs is eligible to apply.Priority will be given to early-career researchers, researchers with less access to other institutional funds, and to projects that include multiple plots. In rare cases, highly advanced undergraduate students will be considered. Social scientists and natural scientists are encourage to apply. Applicants of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

Research projects ranging from ~$2,000-$15,000 USD

 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, text books, fees), non-project personnel, or travel to meetings.

Applications must be one, single PDF document.

Applications must include, in the following order:

  • A CTFS-ForestGEO cover form 
  • A research proposal (1000-word limit), including:
    • introduction
    • description of the proposed research that includes the relevance to one or more of the CTFS - ForestGEO Forest Dynamics Plots
    • research objectives, including clearly stated hypotheses and expected significance
    • research plan, including detailed methods
    • anticipated outcomes
    • significance of the work to a broader discipline
    • references (not included in the word limit)
  • A list of project collaborators. For students and postdoctoral research, this includes an advisor. Host-country collaborators are strongly recommended.
  • Proof that the applicant has contacted plot Principal Investigators BEFORE submitting a proposal (e.g., through inclusion of email correspondence)
  • A Curriculum Vitae (limit 2 pages), including the applicant's contact information, educational background, current and previous fellowships and grants, and research interests.
  • A detailed budget and project timeline. The budget should include all costs related to carrying out the proposed research. See the above Budget Information for expenses that can be included in the proposal. Include a budget justification for any unclear expenses. A timeline with the schedule for proposed research activities should be included.
  • Potential referees. Provide contact information for two people who could review the proposed research but are not current collaborators or advisors.

 To be considered, applications MUST follow the above Application Instructions. Submit a single PDF document with all application materials by 5PM EDT, Monday, June 15th, 2015 to 

Applications are evaluated by a panel of scientists associated with the CTFS-ForestGEO network. Larger grant proposals may also be reviewed by outside scholars. Awards are made on the basis of 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 time frame, and the extent to which CTFS-ForestGEO plots contribute to the proposed research. Priority will be given to early-career researchers, researchers with less access to other institutional funds, and projects that include multiple plots.

Further questions?: Send an email to

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