Applications are now open for the 2020 ForestGEO Research Grants Program.
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The Research Grants Program of the Smithsonian Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) funds research projects associated with the ForestGEO network of Forest Dynamics Sites.
The program is intended to provide opportunities for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career researchers (researchers who have completed their PhD within the last seven years) to use existing Forest Dynamics Sites and conduct research in collaboration with scientists currently associated with these sites.
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The Grants Program supports research directly tied to ForestGEO Forest Dynamics Sites, including projects requiring fieldwork, site data analysis, or the generation of complementary data that strengthens 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.
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Research projects up to $15,000 USD will be considered.
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Project duration can range from 3 months to 2 years.
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- Students, postdocs, and early career researchers (researchers who have completed their PhD within the last seven years) who are working directly in a ForestGEO Forest Dynamics Site, analyzing site data, or generating complementary data that strengthens ForestGEO programs are eligible to apply.
- Both social scientists and natural scientists are encouraged to apply.
- In rare cases, highly advanced undergraduate students will be considered.
- Applicants of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
- Priority will be given to researchers with less access to other institutional funds, projects that include multiple sites, and projects that include a strong educational/capacity-building component.
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- Applications are evaluated by a panel of scientists associated with the ForestGEO network. Outside scholars may also be called on to review grant proposals.
- Awards are made based on 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 timeframe, the extent to which ForestGEO sites contribute to the proposed research, and the broader significance of the project.
For more information, visit https://forestgeo.si.edu/opportunities/grants-program