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The CTFS-ForestGEO Grants Program provides opportunities for researchers, post doctorate fellows, and graduate students to use existing CTFS-ForestGEO plots to conduct research with scientists affiliated with them. Social scientists and natural scientists are encouraged to apply.
What types of projects will the CTFS-ForestGEO Grants Program support?
Anyone working directly in a CTFS-ForestGEO plot, analyzing plot data, or generating complementary data that strengthens CTFS-ForestGEO programs is eligible to apply. Projects can be field-oriented, herbarium- or laboratory-based, or analytical. Research projects can be either basic or applied in nature. Social scientists and natural scientists are encouraged to apply.

Who is eligible to apply?

The CTFS-ForestGEO Grants Program is open to all researchers, from graduate students to senior scientists. In some cases, advanced undergraduates will also be considered. Preference will be given to scientists in the countries with CTFS-ForestGEO sites and to all graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Applicants of all nationalities are welcome to apply.

How much funding can one request and for how long?

The majority of the CTFS-ForestGEO research grants will be in the $2,000-$15,000 range. The CTFS-ForestGEO Grants Program will make awards for projects three months to two years in length.

What expenses can be included in the grant proposal?

Funding is restricted to expenses directly related to field research, laboratory research, and data analysis. Examples of eligible expenses include travel, living expenses during fieldwork, supplies, research assistance, and resulting publications. Funds are not available for salary and/or fringe benefits of applicant, tuition, non-project personnel, or travel to meetings. In addition, the grants program will NOT support indirect costs for institutional support.

Does the CTFS-ForestGEO Grants Program support undergraduate and graduate study costs?

No. Funding cannot be applied to undergraduate and graduate expenses such as tuition, books, and fees.

What should be included in the application?

•The CTFS-ForestGEO Cover Letter must be the first page of your submission. Full proposals should be in one PDF attachment.

•Research Proposal (not to exceed 1000 words; strictly enforced). The proposal must describe the proposed research, indicate its relevance to one or more CTFS-ForestGEO plots, and explain the significance of the work to a broader discipline. The general format of the proposal should include: (1) objectives (including clearly stated hypotheses) and expected significance, (2) introduction, (3) research plan, including detailed methods, (4) anticipated outcomes, and (5) bibliography/references. Note: Bibliography should not be counted as part of the word limit for the proposal.

•List of Collaborators. Provide a list of collaborators on the project. For graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, an advisor is also necessary. Host-country collaborators are strongly recommended. Note: In addition, applicants must demonstrate that they have contacted plot directors BEFORE submitting a proposal (for example, though inclusion of email correspondence).

•Curriculum Vitae (limit 2 pages). An applicant's CV should include contact information, educational background, current and previous fellowships and grants, and research interests.

•Proposed Referees. Please provide contact information for two people that could review the proposed research but who are not current collaborators or advisors.

•Detailed Budget and Timeline. A budget should include all costs related to carrying out proposed research. Please see above for expenses that can be included in the proposal. A budget justification is also suggested. A timeline with the schedule for all research activities proposed should be included.

How will applications be evaluated?

Applicants are evaluated by a panel of scientists associated with the CTFS-ForestGEO network. Larger grant proposals may also be reviewed by outside scholars. Awards are made on the basis of 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 time frame, and the extent to which CTFS-ForestGEO plots contribute to the proposed research. Priority will be given to early-career researchers and researchers with less access to institutional funding.

When are applications due?

Applications are due by 5PM EDT on Friday, June 20, 2014.

How should proposals be submitted?

Please send all materials in pdf format to CTFS-ForestGEO Program Assistant Delaney Rakosnik at