Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Graduate Research Support Grants

Aerial view of the Chesapeake Bay

 

Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) is pleased to announce the Graduate Research Support Grants program. This new program supports student research expenses (e.g., materials and supplies, analytic services, research travel expenses). Due Wednesday, April 25 at 5 PM. To be eligible, graduate students must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at a Maryland academic institution and engaged in research that is relevant to Maryland and the MDSG Strategic Plan 2018-2021. In addition to financial support, these opportunities will provide additional professional development opportunities in science communication, the science-to-management process, proposal/grantsmanship, and/or other relevant skills. 

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Full official announcement and details of the grants program can be found here.

Eligibility

Students must be enrolled in a full-time graduate or professional degree program at a Maryland academic institution at a graduate level. Students may be working toward any masters or Ph.D. degree, as long as their research is relevant to the mission and strategic plan of MDSG and has an emphasis on Chesapeake or coastal bays and their watersheds. 

Award Information

Applicants may request up to $10,000 to support a graduate student research project. Funds should be budgeted for up to a 12-month period starting September 1, 2018. These are small grant awards intended to support graduate student research projects. Appropriate budget items may include materials and supplies, travel for fieldwork or to present project results at a conference, analytic services, summer field assistant support, or other direct research costs. Graduate student stipend, benefits, and tuition are not allowable in these grant awards. Applicants are encouraged to contact the program to discuss budget specifics during proposal development.

These one year grant awards will be issued to the institution in the form of a reimbursable subaward agreement. Most university-sponsored research programs will require that the award be made to a faculty member (typically the student’s primary advisor). While MDSG will make all awards to the faculty member, students should have the primary leadership role in developing the grant proposal and participate with their faculty mentor in the grant’s management.

Requirements

Graduate student research grant recipients will be required to:

  • Participate in MDSG-sponsored professional development activities;
  • Contribute one entry per semester to the MDSG student blog, Fellowship Experiences;
  • Provide a final progress report to MDSG, as well as electronic copies of derived publications and their thesis or dissertation;
  • Acknowledge MDSG support in all relevant scientific presentations and publications.

How to Apply

Full application guidelines and submission requirements can be found in the official request for applications. All applications must adhere to the official guidelines, which include:

  1. Cover Sheet (1-page maximum)
  2. Project Description (4-page maximum), including Abstract, Introduction/Background/Objectives, General Approach and Methods, Anticipated Results and Impacts
  3. Literature Cited
  4. Timeline and Tasks
  5. Academic CV/Biosketch (2-page maximum)
  6. Budget and Budget Justification
  7. Data Management Plan
  8. Letter of recommendation (faculty advisor)

Font size can be no smaller than 12 point (Arial preferred) and margins must be 1 inch on standard 8.5x11 inch paper throughout the document. For your budget and budget justification, you must use the MDSG online worksheets within the eSeaGrant application portal.

Applications must be submitted online by Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm to MDSG’s proposal system, eSeaGrant. The submission system closes promptly and MDSG will not accept late proposals, so allow ample time to submit your proposal before the deadline. 

Contact

Dr. Michael Allen, Associate Director for Research and Administration
Maryland Sea Grant College
4321 Hartwick Road, Suite 300
College Park, Maryland 20740
phone (301) 405-7500
mallen@mdsg.umd.edu

Photograph, Nicole Lehming, Maryland Sea Grant

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