Funding and Grants

DARPA Ecology/Evolution Opportunity

DARPA Ecology/Evolution Opportunity: Young Faculty Award - a 2-year grant for ~$500K to faculty who are 8 or less years into their job

DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) opportunity. YFAs is an accolade, but at its core is a 2-year grant for ~$500K to faculty who are 8 or less years into their job.

Please note topic #s 12 ("Ecological niche-preference Engineering) and 16 ("Novel Approaches to Reduce Agricultural Loss and Increase Crop Productivity"). This grant is a great opportunity to get kinda "out there" work funded.

From now until 1 November interested parties can submit short summaries that will get a "thumbs up/down" to help them move forward or not with their idea. After that proposals will open up and will be due on 18 January 2017.

Follow this link  ( ) to a PDF of the announcement and the supplementary materials.

For additional information, contact:

Jamin Dreyer, PhD
Strategic Analysis, Inc.
Staff Scientist
703 797 2265

New Phytologist - Tansley Medal

Howard L. McKee Ecology Residency

The Howard L. McKee Ecology Residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology:


Howard L. McKee was an environmentalist, architect, urban planner, and a visionary. Through the generosity of his family the Sitka Center is able to host scientists and researchers whose work is based in environmental or ecological concerns as part of the Howard L. McKee Ecology Residency. Selected applicants will be provided with working and living space free of charge on the Sitka campus for 3.5 months between October 2017 and May 2018. During this residency, Sitka imposes few restrictions on residents and instead hopes to provide uninterrupted time for creative and scientific inquiry. Past residents in the sciences have used the opportunity in a variety of ways. This can include conducting research in the surrounding natural areas including the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area and/or the completion writing based on their research.


To learn more and to apply, please visit
— The deadline for applications is April 18, 2017.


IDT Sustainability Award

Apply today for the 2016 IDT Sustainability Award that recognizes innovative research with the potential to make a global impact.
Award focus: Biodiversity


Prizes (IDT product credit):

  • 1st place: $14,000
  • 2nd place: $10,000
  • 3rd place: $6,000

Submission deadline is September 15, 2016.
Finalists may be asked to present a poster during the celebration event.
Eligibility region: Iowa and Illinois
For more information and to apply, visit:

National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

NEON, the National Ecological Observatory Network is requesting proposals for conducting a small-scale methods test in order to identify and quantify the potential variability of chlorophyll readings in fresh leaves of terrestrial plants that have been flash-frozen followed by storage at -800 C prior to being shipped to a remote laboratory for chlorophyll measurement. This work is designed to inform future protocols for continental scale sampling and will insure that proper methods for handling and processing samples are established. It is expected that publication of a white paper will be included in the scope of work.

All qualified PI’s, research institutions, and laboratories are invited to submit a proposal. Interested parties may obtain additional information, including the complete Request for Proposal by contacting the NEON Contract Administrator, Steve McCormick at (720) 330-1668 or and referencing RFP-0302-CLA.

International Council for Exploration of the Sea


Travel funding available for new U.S. participants.
Requests for Travel Funds by new U.S. participants due 15 June 2016
Deadline for submission of abstracts to ICES, 30 April 2016

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) is a leading forum for the promotion, coordination, and dissemination of research on physical, chemical, and biological systems in the North Atlantic and adjacent seas. ICES promotes the science of discovery in the marine realm. In addition, it provides advice on human impacts on marine ecosystems, including effects of fishing, but with strong emphasis on broader areas of concern in evolving ecosystem-based management. Information on ICES, its goals and activities is on the web at: U.S. Delegates to ICES, Dr. Steven Murawski (College of Marine Science, University of South Florida; email and Dr. William Karp (NOAA, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, email can provide further information about ICES and its activities.

How to apply
Limited funding to support travel to the Annual Science Conference, via a NSF grant to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, is available to encourage participation by researchers from U.S. academic institutions. Strong preference will be given to scientists within 7 years of receipt of the PhD who are first-time ICES participants. Potential participants should submit abstracts for oral presentations or posters in one of the 20 theme sessions listed below (instructions can be found at Applicants for travel funds should communicate with Dr. Andy Solow (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; email, with a cc to Mary Schumacher ( and provide a copy of their accepted abstract, a short statement of reasons for attending, and a brief biographical sketch. Decisions on travel awards will be made by 1 July 2016.

  1. Annual Science Conference: Theme Sessions Fisher collected acoustic data (FCAD)
  2. Conveners: Steve Barbeaux (USA)
    Martin Pastoors (the Netherlands)
    Sascha Fässler (the Netherlands)

  3. Predictably Irrational – a new scientific research field for the science underpinning marine-resource management

  4. Conveners: Sarah B. M. Kraak (Germany)
    Dorothy J. Dankel (Norway)

  5. From individuals to ecosystems: their ecology and evolution

  6. Conveners: Anna Kuparinen (Finland)
    Anne Maria Eikeset (Norway)
    Silva Uusi-Heikkilä (Finland)

  7. Ecosystem changes and impacts on diadromous and marine species productivity

  8. Conveners: Timothy Sheehan (USA)
    Katherine Mills (USA)
    Mark Payne (Denmark)

  9. The emerging science of ecological multimodel inference for informing fisheries management

  10. Conveners: Phillip Levin (USA)
    Stefan Neuenfeldt (Denmark)
    Tessa Francis (USA)

  11. Integrated ecosystems assessment and decision support to advance ecosystem-based fisheries management

  12. Conveners: John Pope (UK)
    Lena Bergström (Sweden)
    Melania Borit (Norway)

  13. The inshore challenge – management of recreational and commercial fisheries accounting for social benefits, economic value, and biological sustainability

  14. Conveners: Kieran Hyder (UK)
    Harry Strehlow (Germany)
    Estanis Mugerza (Spain)
    Maria Spedicato (Italy)

  15. Looking backwards to move ahead: how the wider application of new technologies to interpret scale, otolith, statolith and other biomineralised age-registering structures could improve management of natural resources

  16. Conveners: Ewan Hunter (UK)
    Vladimir Laptikhovsky (UK)
    Philip Hollyman (UK)

  17. Seasonal-to-decadal prediction of marine systems: opportunities, approaches, and applications. (Co-sponsored by PICES)

  18. Conveners: Mark Payne (Denmark)
    Desiree Tommasi (USA)
    Alistair Hobday (Australia)

  19. What is a good pelagic habitat?

  20. Conveners: Mark Dickey-Collas (ICES)
    Abigail McQuatters-Gollop (UK)
    Verena Trenkel (France)

  21. Make marine sediment extraction sustainable by mitigation of related processes with potential negative impacts

  22. Conveners: Ad Stolk (the Netherlands)
    Keith Cooper (UK)
    Michel Desprez (France)

  23. Integration challenges in maritime spatial planning – approaches, science gaps, and communication demands

  24. Conveners: Andreas Kannen (Germany)
    Matt Gubbins (UK)
    Michael Gilek (Sweden)

  25. The role of zooplankton in exploited ecosystems: top-down and bottom-up stresses on pelagic food webs

  26. Conveners: Angus Atkinson (UK)
    Webjoern Melle (Norway)

  27. Long-term phytoplankton trends in the ICES area: regional distribution, bloom dynamics and response to environmental drivers

  28. Conveners: Alexandra Kraberg (Germany)
    Eileen Bresnan (UK)
    Marie Johansen (Sweden)

  29. “When is enough, enough?” Methods for optimising, evaluating, and prioritising of marine data collection

    Co-sponsored by PICES

  30. Conveners: J.H. Vølstad (Norway)
    Mike Armstrong (UK)
    Marie Storr-Paulsen (Denmark)
    Robyn Forrest (USA)

  31. Arctic Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities (Co-sponsored by AMAP, EU-PolarNet, and ICES)

  32. Conveners: Jeremy Mathis (USA)
    Kriss Rokkan Iversen (Norway)

  33. Harvest control rules: beyond FMSY for an ecosystem approach to fisheries?

  34. Conveners: Didier Gascuel (France)
    Lisa Borges (Belgium)
    Dave Reid (Ireland)

  35. Integrating humanities and social sciences into marine ecosystem management - first steps

  36. Conveners: David Goldsborough (the Netherlands)
    Jörn Schmidt (Germany)
    Patricia Clay (USA)

Call for Proposals - Funding Opportunity

Company: Instrumentl (

Call for Proposals: Instrumentl seeks crowdfunding proposals from scientists who need funding to pursue their research projects. Crowdfunding through Instrumentl not only allows researchers to raise funds by connecting with the resources of their communities, but also provides a platform for communicating their research with the general public. We pride ourselves in supporting our researchers every step of the way. Interested researchers can contact or Log In and visit the Create your Campaign page on our website for more information.


Forest Global Earth Observatory -
The Center for Tropical Forest Science
Smithsonian Institution 

The Smithsonian’s Forest Global Earth Observatory - Center for Tropical Forest Science (ForestGEO-CTFS) is a global network of research plots focused on the dynamics and diversity of forests. Over the past three decades, the ForestGEO-CTFS network, involving hundreds of scientists from dozens of institutions, has established 53 standardized large-scale long-term forest monitoring plots in 23 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. This international collaboration is now monitoring the growth and survival of over 5 million trees in 10,000 species. 

One post-doctoral fellow is sought by ForestGEO-CTFS to conduct analyses of data from the network of large forest plots, focusing on the dynamics of Asian forests. Candidates should have a strong analytical background, an established record of research and scholarly publication in forest science. Research topics may include any related to the dynamics of tropical or temperate forests, emphasizing comparative studies among forests. For more information on ForestGEO-CTFS see

Applications should include a brief statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names of three references. Submit applications by e-mail to: Delaney Rakosnik, ForestGEO-CTFS Program Assistant ( The successful applicants will be based at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. 

This announcement will stay open until the positions are filled.

 Questions can be addressed to Stuart Davies, ForestGEO-CTFS Director ( 

 The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Graduate Fellowship Opportunities at UC Riverside

The Department of Environmental Sciences at UC Riverside is seeking graduate students to work on NSF-sponsored investigations of paleolimnology, aquatic ecology and isotope biogeochemistry of Sierra Nevada lakes. This work builds on the more than 30-year record of limnological and watershed research conducted at Emerald Lake in Sequoia National Park ( These Fellowships (MS and Ph.D) include a monthly stipend, full tuition and fees and funds to conduct research.

Education and experience – An MS or BS degree in aquatic ecology, hydrology, limnology, or similar discipline is required. Experience in aquatic ecology, paleolimnology and stable isotopes desired. Candidates must have the ability to work at remote field sites. Applicants should e-mail, in a single pdf file, to Dr. James Sickman at UC Riverside ( i) a cover letter describing their education, research experience and career goals, ii) a CV and iii) list of references including contact information.

For more information about the position please contact:
James O. Sickman
Associate Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of California, Riverside
Room 2324 Geology
Riverside, California 92521
Office: (951) 827-4552
Fax: (951) 827-3993

Facility for Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (FIRMS):