IISG Small Research Grants: Closed
The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program (IISG) has limited discretionary funds for the initial development of promising research and outreach projects. Requests for proposal (RFPs) are announced periodically and IISG accepts applications at that time. Ideas for developmental projects can also be submitted to the research coordinator for consideration for future RFPs.
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JUNE 2018 - REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Proposals should be submitted by 5 p.m. CDT (6 p.m. EDT) July 23, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include in your submission the following required documents. Templates for those marked with * can be downloaded from https://seagrant.noaa.gov/insideseagrant/Forms-and-Templates.
- 90-2 Project Summary (Long) Form* - download and submit as an Excel form. This information has been updated as of 7/16/2018. All projects should fill in the "S1-Start Here" tab, leaving the following fields blank: INSTITUTION, PREFIX, PROJECT NUMBER, READINESS LEVELS, MULTIPROGRAM. IISG staff will help complete these for projects that are recommended for funding, and will also review the CLASSIFICATION CODES, FOCUS AREAS, or PARTNERS for completeness. Projects that have subawardees should fill in an additional tab (i.e., S2, S3, etc.) for each subaward.
- Proposal Narrative – Submit as a PDF, no smaller than 11-point font, four pages maximum including figures, tables, and references. The Proposal Narrative should detail a) the problem (or critical informational uncertainty) to be addressed by the project tied to a specific IISG topic area, b) the impact of the problem, c) methods to address the problem, and d) expected results and project area impacts. This narrative should include a timeline for the project, including steps taken after project completion (i.e., submission to larger grant agency for seed funds; sharing of information for completion funds).
- Data Management Plan (where applicable) – Submit as PDF, no smaller than 11-point font, two pages maximum. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration requires that all environmental data (see full definition below) from funded projects be verified and made accessible, free of charge, or at no more than the cost of reproduction, within two years of completion of the project. To be considered for Sea Grant funds, researchers should outline how their data will be shared and maintained. The contents of the Data Management Plan (or absence thereof), and past performance regarding such plans, will be considered as part of proposal review. If a project does not generate environmental data, include this information in the 90-2 Project Summary Form (Long).
- Abbreviated Environmental Compliance Questionnaire* - download this as a word document and submit it as a PDF.
- 90-4 Budget Form* plus Budget Narrative –Investigators can request up to $10,000 from IISG for projects, but must provide at least 50 percent non-federal matching funds (e.g., $10,000 IISG + $5,000 match = at least $15,000 total for projects). Investigators who can provide greater than 50 percent match are invited to do so. Investigators should budget for the negotiated federal indirect costs rates for their home institutions.
- Investigator Bio-Sketches - include a maximum two-page bio-sketch or CV for each investigator. NIH or NSF format is acceptable.
- Purdue University Letter of Intent and Entity Profile forms - including these will speed up processing of awards for successful applicants.
Prospective PIs should also review the Guidelines for Project Reporting to become acquainted with our requirements.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration requires that all environmental data (defined below) from funded projects be verified and made accessible, free of charge or at no more than the cost of reproduction, within two years of completion of the project. In order to be considered for Sea Grant funds, researchers should outline how their data will be shared and maintained. Possibilities for data sharing include publication, sharing via publicly available data portals, or maintenance of data at your institution, but other options are also available. Accepted submission of data to the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) is one way to satisfy data sharing requirements; however, NCEI is not obligated to accept all submissions and may charge a fee, particularly for large or unusual datasets. A typical plan should not exceed two (2) pages in length, and should include descriptions of the types of environmental data and information expected to be created during the course of the project; the tentative date by which data will be shared; the standards to be used for data/metadata format and content; methods for providing data access; approximate total volume of data to be collected; and prior experience in making such data accessible. The contents of the Data Management Plan (or absence thereof), and past performance regarding such plans, will be considered as part of proposal review.
Definition of Environmental Data
Environmental Data are defined by NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 212-15: Management of Environmental Data and Information as recorded and derived observations and measurements of the physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical properties and conditions of the oceans, atmosphere, space environment, sun, and solid earth, as well as correlative data such as socio-economic data, related documentation, and metadata. Digital audio or video recordings of environmental phenomena (such as animal sounds or undersea video) are included in this definition. Numerical model outputs are included in this definition, particularly if they are used to support the conclusion of a peer-reviewed publication. Data collected in a laboratory or other controlled environment, such as measurements of animals and chemical processes, are included in this definition. This Directive does not apply to "laboratory notebooks, preliminary analyses, drafts of scientific papers, plans for future research, peer review reports, communications with colleagues, physical objects, such as laboratory specimens"
Additional Funding Opportunities
Region 5 Funding Opportunities
Application Deadline: variable
National Science Foundation
Active Funding Opportunities
Application Deadline: ongoing
Great Lakes Protection Fund
Application Deadline: ongoing