Funding and Grant Opportunities

19 May – 13 June, 2014 – DAKAR, SENEGAL

microCo-sponsored by NSF and modeled after the Woods Hole MBL, MicroTrop is an intensive, one month advanced course for PhD students and post docs. About 12 leading soil and microbiology scientists (e.g. Dan Buckley, Cornell Univ., stable isotope probing; John Reeve, Ohio State Univ., extremophiles/Archaea; Jean-Luc Chotte, French Institute of Res. and Devel., microbial ecology in African ag. soils) will lecture on the role and manipulation of soil organisms to deliver services for tropical ecosystems and present current methods for soil ecology research. Lectures reinforce hands-on training in classic microbiology, bioinformatics, and state-of-the-art “ -omics’ ” methods. Experimental design and methods that are cost-effective and appropriate for scientists working in developing countries and tropical soils are presented. The capstone is a tropical soil, mini-research project designed by each participant that includes field sampling, lab work, data analysis, and write up. The living arrangement and social events of MicroTrop provide a unique opportunity for participants to personally interact with lecturers.  Field trips inform participants of environmental and agricultural challenges, culture, and village life in Senegal. A 2012 MicroTrop participant stated “MicroTrop was an amazing experience to meet scientists from diverse cultures, develop a network for future international collaborations, learn about research in the tropics, and to be immersed in the culture and environment of Senegal.” Ten competitively selected US participants will join 10 Africans and receive airfare, accommodations, participation fee, and living expenses. Applications submitted by email are due by November 1, 2013. For program information contact Richard Dick, Ohio State Univ. ( and applications, Amanda Davey at 614-292-3963 (


ARLINGTON, VA, January 12, 2012—The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), supports the demonstration of technologies that address priority DoD environmental requirements.  The goal of ESTCP is to promote the transfer of innovative environmental technologies through demonstrations that collect the data needed for regulatory and DoD end-user acceptance. Projects conduct formal demonstrations at DoD facilities and sites in operational settings to document and validate improved performance and cost savings.

ESTCP is seeking proposals for innovative environmental technology demonstrations as candidates for funding beginning in FY2013.  This solicitation requests pre-proposals via Calls for Proposals to Federal organizations and via a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Private Sector organizations.  PRE-PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012. 
Detailed instructions for DoD, Non-DoD Federal, and BAA proposers are available on the ESTCP web site:

DoD organizations (Service and Defense Agencies) may submit pre-proposals for demonstrations of innovative environmental technologies in the following topic areas:

  • Environmental Restoration – Technologies for the characterization, risk assessment, remediation, and management of contaminants in soil, sediments, and water. 
  • Munitions Response – Technologies for the detection, classification, and remediation of military munitions on U.S. lands and waters.
  • Resource Conservation – Tools, technologies, and methodologies that advance DoD’s management of its natural and cultural resources.
  • Weapons Systems and Platforms – Technologies to reduce, control, or eliminate the sources of wastes and emissions in the manufacturing, maintenance, and use of weapons systems and platforms.

The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) and Non-DoD Federal Call for Proposals (CFP) are seeking pre-proposals for environmental technologies in the following topic areas only:

  • Management of Contaminated Groundwater
  • Characterization, Control, and Treatment of Testing and Training Range Contamination
  • Military Munitions Detection, Classification, and Remediation
  • Watershed Management Models/Tools for DoD Installation Applications
  • Demonstration/Validation of Alternatives to Cadmium Plating in Manufacturing and Maintenance of Weapons Systems

WEBINAR – JANUARY 24: ESTCP Director Dr. Jeffrey Marqusee will conduct an online seminar ESTCP Funding Opportunities on January 24, 2012, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  This “How to play” briefing will offer valuable information for those interested in new ESTCP funding opportunities.  During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current ESTCP solicitation, and the proposal submission process.  Pre-registration for this webinar is required.  To register, visit

If you have any difficulties registering, please contact Jonathan Bunger at or 703-696-2126.



Ecology Ph.D. programs at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.  Fellowships, research, and teaching assistantships are available for students in Ecology at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.  The Center for Ecology ( and the Biology Department ( seek students interested in population, community, physiological, and/or evolutionary ecology.

Field, laboratory, and modeling opportunities abound in our diverse habitats which include forested woodlands, coastal prairies, freshwater swamps, coastal wetlands, and the Gulf of Mexico.  This dynamic region is impacted by human and natural forces such as hurricanes, climate change, oil spills, invasive species, and other environmental stressors that impact unique and valuable ecological communities.  For information about applying to our program, contact Dr. Susan Mopper, Director of the Ecology Center, at


National Park Service George Melendez Wright Climate Change Fellowship Program

On behalf of the National Park Service, the University of Washington College of the Environment is managing the George Melendez Wright Climate Change Fellowship Program. The 2012 Fellowship process will be open November 1, 2011. Applications are due before 5:00 p.m. PST, January 18, 2012.

The goals of this student fellowship program are to support new and innovative research relevant to managing climate change impacts in US National Parks, including transboundary issues and comparisons to Mexican or Canadian protected areas. Awards will be made in the range of $5,000 to $20,000 per fellowship for research to be undertaken in calendar years 2012-13. Projects may consist of exploratory research that could lead to a larger project funded by other sources but must result in tangible outcomes that are aimed at informing resource decisions. Applications are encouraged for research in any area relevant to the
natural and cultural resources of units of the National Park System. Examples include projects addressing vulnerability and risk assessment; adaptation strategies; public perceptions and values; and impacts to natural resources and cultural resources (e.g., cultural landscapes, archeological, traditional cultural/ethnographic, and historic structures).

Eligibility: Students enrolled in Masters and PhD programs in the US, Canada, and Mexico may apply. Both U.S. citizens and non-citizens are eligible. NPS employees are not eligible to apply. Recipients of previous George Melendez Wright Climate Change Fellowships are not eligible to apply.

Requirements: Proposed research should be conducted on or around National Park lands and must be relevant to NPS resource management needs. Upon completion of the fellowship, students are required to provide a summary report of their results and one or more educational products or publications to help facilitate information transfer beyond the scientific audience. Deliverables may include a presentation to the site manager, public seminar, or non-technical article. Housing may be available within the park where research will be conducted. Requests for housing will be made as part of the application process and must be arranged through the park after the fellowship has been awarded and well in advance of the project start date.

The deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. PST, January 18, 2012. All applicants will be notified of selection decisions in mid-April, 2012. Proposals will be selected based on the following criteria: relevance and technical soundness of the proposed research; feasibility of the proposed study; qualifications of the student; and the clarity and completeness of the proposal. Research projects are to begin in the summer of 2012 and may be completed in one or two field seasons (summers of 2012 and 2013). Awardees will submit either a progress report or a final report by September 30, 2012. Final reports for projects conducted over two field seasons will be due by September 30, 2013.

Complete application packages must be received by 5:00 p.m. PST, January 18, 2012. For more information,
please go to:


MCED Award for Ecological Modeling

We would like to draw your attention to the newly established MCED award for ecological modeling. The award is announced in 2011 for the first time. Young modelers can apply, who finished their bachelor, masters, or PhD degree within the last 3 years. The best nominee will win *500 EUR* (~730 USD), the following prizes will be MCED textbooks.

The MCED editors together with Springer Publishing House invite young ecologists who:

  • analyze ecological phenomena using ecological modeling approaches in an innovative way.
  • apply new modelling methods and techniques and thereby contribute to applied or theoretical ecology
  • use modelling frameworks to bridge the gap between basic science and application enhance the understanding of complex ecological processes and dynamics

Detailed information on how to apply and what conditions must be fulfilled can be accessed under  .

please note, that for 2011 there is a short deadline: applications must be mailed in by July 31th 2011 at the latest


Wildlife Preservation Canada Conservation Grants

Wildlife Preservation Canada (WPC) is a dynamic non-profit charitable organization devoted to saving highly endangered animal species facing imminent extinction in Canada and internationally. Through our Conservation Grants program we support captive breeding, reintroduction and/or translocation in recovery efforts of terrestrial animal species at risk, primarily for Canadian species at risk. A special priority for WPC is training young scientists to create a network of skilled professionals to drive conservation efforts in Canada and around the world for decades to come.

Proposals for WPC Conservation Grants are due 15 October of each year and should be sent as a PDF Proposals should be about 5 pages in length and provide necessary background, methods, preliminary results, measurable objectives, benchmarks and a detailed budget (requests should not exceed $15,000). Application Guidelines are available on the WPC website (

For additional information please contact: Dr. Bridget Stutchbury (, Dept. of Biology, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto ON M3J 1P3


The Jasper Ridge Restoration Fellowship 

Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University’s biological field station, is pleased to announce a fellowship program to support a visiting scholar, focused on the emerging science of restoration ecology.

Pervasive impacts of human actions now affect all parts of the Earth, degrading its ability to provide critical goods and services. These impacts underscore the need for science-based approaches to sustaining or restoring ecosystems. Increasingly, the scientific challenges faced by ecologists extend beyond understanding the basic mechanisms that control the responses of unmanaged ecosystems. The fundamental science of ecology must develop the foundations to support thoughtful, sophisticated, and effective interventions, operating at a range of different scales. To support this development, the Jasper Ridge restoration fellowship will support visits by researchers ranging in seniority from post-docs to senior faculty.

Fellows will be expected to maintain a diverse portfolio of activities. Restoration research, hopefully with a field component, should be the core. The research may also be based on synthesis or modeling. Fellows will likely spend some of their time in data analysis and writing, as well as in interacting with the Jasper Ridge and Stanford communities. Interactions with faculty, students, classes, and Jasper Ridge docents are all attractive options. Fellows may have the option of teaching classes or advising students. They are welcome to take advantage of the broad range of Stanford seminars and other offerings. To the extent possible, fellows are encouraged to develop long-term research projects involving Jasper Ridge. Fellows are also expected to make one presentation near the beginning of the fellowship on the question(s) to be addressed and another presentation near the end to present the initial findings.

Applications will be assessed based on an individual’s past accomplishments and on potential to take advantage of the ecosystems and past research at Jasper Ridge, as well as the intellectual community at Stanford. Field-based research at Jasper Ridge, collaborations with Stanford faculty, and an interest in interacting with students will all be assets.

The Jasper Ridge Restoration Fellowship will provide flexible support of up to $80,000. The funds can be used as a housing subsidy and research expenses for a sabbatical visitor, or they can be salary for a post-doc. Fellows will be expected to maintain their primary work location at Jasper Ridge, but will also have shared office space on campus. To apply, please submit a cv, a 3-page description of a proposed program, and contact information for 3 references.

Stanford University has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity. In that spirit, we particularly encourage applications from women, members of ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities. To be assured consideration for the 2011 competition, covering the 2011-2012 academic year, applications should be submitted by May 1.

For additional information or to submit an application, please contact: Dr. Philippe Cohen <>, Administrative Director, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, 4001 Sand Hill Road, Woodside, CA 94062. Applications should be submitted as email attachments.


Program in Science Technology and Environmental Policy at Princeton University – 2011-2012

Research Fellowship Program:

The Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (Michael Oppenheimer, Director) announces its 2011-2012 Fellowship Program. STEP will award one-year research positions (with the possibility of renewal for a second year) to eligible, talented researchers. These appointments, at the postdoctoral or more senior research level, are designed to promote basic policy-relevant research under the supervision of one or more STEP faculty members. STEP faculty is soliciting fellowship applications in the following areas of interest: 

  • David Wilcove: — identification and assessment of degraded lands in Southeast Asia for restoration or agricultural use (requires expertise in remote sensing); impact of bird and reptile trade on wild populations in Asia (modeling and field work); land-use changes and associated impacts on birds, mammals, and other taxa in East Africa or Asia. (field work)

The Research Fellows Program is open to all regardless of citizenship, but requires a completed doctorate and does not support work towards the completion of a degree.  STEP fellows will be eligible for salary and full employee benefits in accordance with University guidelines.

Applicants should send a CV and a cover letter indicating faculty they wish to apply with, describing their areas of expertise and interest via  (use requisition number 1000839) The review process will commence immediately and continue until positions are filled, although not all slots may be filled.

For more information about applying to Princeton please link to:

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


ORAU Request for Pre-Proposals


ORAU is soliciting pre-proposals from parties capable of providing ash management, processing, and/or marketing services at one or more of TVA’s coal-fueled generating plants in order to reduce the total amount of fly ash, bottom ash, boiler slag and FGD residues that are currently bound for disposal. Processes to be considered should take advantage of or enhance the CCPs’ characteristics such that they may be used beneficially in commercially viable applications.

This solicitation seeks interested parties who are capable of providing a variety of processes, either alone or through partnership with others to reduce the total volume of CCPs that require disposal. TVA has announced its intention to convert all of its wet CCP collection systems and ponds to dry disposal which may consist of dry collection of the material as it is produced or mechanical dewatering after the CCPs are collected. As TVA converts from wet handling to dry handling at various plants, additional technologies may become available to beneficially use these materials.

This request is not soliciting proposals for ash disposal capacity, for the sale of land, or for the purchase of land, and the scope of this solicitation is not limited to CCPs located at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

Details of this solicitation and how to submit proposals are available on this web site and can be accessed using the navigation bars to the left, or can be found in the full PDF announcement.


UNL IGERT is looking for Ph.D. applicants interested in ecology, limnology, or hydrology

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) was recently awarded an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant from the National Science Foundation. The UNL’s IGERT project is a multidisciplinary graduate training program in resilience and adaptive governance in stressed watersheds. Resolving complex water issues requires the best and clearest scientific information from interdisciplinary and integrative science. This program will train the next generation of natural and social scientists, managers, and policymakers by increasing scientific understanding of how resilience – the ability to withstand multiple stresses without losing critical structure and function – is generated in complex systems of people and nature. It will provide cross-disciplinary academic and experiential training for a diverse group of doctoral graduate students in natural, social and computational sciences. We envision critical contributions from students in ecology, limnology, and hydrology.

IGERT doctoral students will receive academic training in resilience and adaptive management and will participate in externships and workshops that expose them to real-world applications that transfer knowledge in a way that is useful to policymakers. Local, state and federal agencies will help shape curricula in natural science, policy and law by developing student research externships. Students will benefit from an international experience comparing compromised watersheds in the Great Plains of the United States to similarly challenged watersheds in Europe. This program will assist in fundamentally changing academic culture by coalescing students and faculty from natural science, social science, computational science and law around a common goal: the responsible management of over-appropriated watersheds. IGERT is an NSF-wide program intended to meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers with the interdisciplinary background, deep knowledge in a chosen discipline, and the technical, professional, and personal skills needed for the career demands of the future.  Stipends for graduate study are $30,000 per year, for up to three years, along with tuition remission. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

For more information about the UNL IGERT project, see and/or For questions or more information please contact Dr. Craig Allen at or any of the other members of the coordinating committee listed on the website.


National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) – 2010 Application Now Open

NSF - East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes

The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) is a flagship international fellowship program for developing the next generation of globally-engaged U.S. scientists and engineers knowledgeable about the Asian and Pacific regions. The Summer Institutes are hosted by foreign counterparts committed to increasing opportunities for young U.S. researchers to work in research facilities and with host mentors abroad. Fellows are supported to participate in eight-week research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan (10 weeks), Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan from June to August. The program provides a $5,000 summer stipend, round-trip airfare to the host location, living expenses abroad, and an introduction to the society, culture, language, and research environment of the host location.

The 2010 application is now open and will close December 8, 2009. Application instructions are available online For further information concerning benefits, eligibility, and tips on applying, applicants are encouraged to or

NSF recognizes the importance of enabling U.S. researchers and educators to advance their work through international collaborations and the value of ensuring that future generations of U.S. scientists and engineers gain professional experience beyond this nation’s borders early in their careers. The program is intended for U.S. graduate students pursuing studies in fields supported by the National Science Foundation. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for the EAPSI. Applicants must be enrolled in a research-oriented master’s or PhD program and be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents by the application deadline date. Students in combined bachelor/master degree programs must have matriculated from the undergraduate degree program at time of application.

The first Summer Institutes began in Japan in 1990, and to date approximately 1,800 U.S. graduate students have participated in the program. For the 2009 competition, NSF received 317 applications and issued 187 awards. EAPSI applicants are representative of most U.S. states and territories. The 2009 awardees pool included representation from 95 universities and 40 states.
The NSF-EAPSI Operations Center is administered by the American Society for Engineering Education ([

Should you inquire additional information, please contact Mr. Ergys Ramaj by email at or by phone at 1-866-501-2922.


United States Golf Association Wildlife Links

Funding cutting edge research and management projects that help golf courses become part of the conservation landscape.


Project Area: North America.

The purpose of the Wildlife Links program is to fund research, management, and education projects that will enhance wildlife management on golf courses on at least a state-wide, and preferably a region-wide or national basis. Funding is not available for habitat improvements on individual courses (butterfly gardens, nest box trails, etc.).

Research projects must be applied in nature and hold the promise of practical outcomes that will benefit wildlife conservation through golf course design and management. Applicants should clearly demonstrate communication with appropriate representatives within the golf industry to ensure the practicality of proposed projects. Letters of support from superintendents at golf courses where research is being considered will be required.
Native pollinators, aquatic invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians, birds, and small mammals are all priorities for Wildlife Links.
Preference will be given to projects that:

  • build upon previous Wildlife Links grants;
  • support State Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies;
  • complement other ongoing conservation programs, such as Partners in Flight, Partners for   Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, etc.
  • enhance recovery efforts for declining species;
  • help keep common species common;
  • examine course management and design options for increasing biodiversity;
  • determine the roles of habitat characteristics in the designation of golf courses as wildlife corridors or barriers;
  • study the impact of golf course maintenance activities on wildlife.

Grant Size
Not to exceed $30,000 annually; funds may be requested for up to two years ($60,000 total). Funding for Wildlife Links may be either private from USGA or federal from NFWF, or some combination of both.

All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. The ratio of matching funds is one criterion considered during the review process.

Pre-proposal deadline: April 1. Only electronic pre-proposals submitted through the on-line application will be considered. Following a review period of about eight weeks, appropriate pre-proposals will be selected and applicants invited to submit full proposals. Deadline for full proposals: June 1. Following a review of about five months, final decisions will be made.  Please visit for further information.


CALFED Bay-Delta Program Research Grants

CalFed Bay-Delta Program Research Grants