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.
- 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 ForestGEO@si.edu.
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 ForestGEO@si.edu