MSU Center for Water Sciences
This program has closed and we are no longer accepting proposals.
The Center for Water Sciences and Environmental Science and Policy Program announce a new joint funding program for enhancing collaborations on campus that focus on water.
Click here to download a pdf file of the RFP.
The Innovation Grant Program will focus on stimulating advances in existing research nodes by providing funding to enable collaborative teams to advance sustainability science and become more competitive for external funding. We will fund proposals in four areas of water research:
This program will engage creative minds across disciplines in long term projects, perhaps partners who have not traditionally taken part in water research, to work on solutions that could lead to breakthrough advances in coupled human and aquatic systems research. Our goal for the Innovation Grants Program is to help faculty explore critical topics in water science, to foster collaborative teams that link multiple disciplines, and to position teams to be successful in pursuing external funding opportunities.
We expect grant recipients to generate a peer-reviewed publication and/or to submit at least one proposal to an external funding agency.
The program is open to all CWS and ESPP faculty members. If CWS members have received prior funding from the Center, all final reports must be submitted to receive additional funding.
Funds may be used for:
• Visiting scientists
• Workshops, symposia, and meetings
• Invited speakers
• Facilitation of team meetings
• Buy-out of faculty teaching time
• Summer salary
• Other activities in support of creating and enhancing collaborations
We expect to award up four Category 1 grants and up to two Category 2 grants.
Category 1: Team Building
Category 1 awards are incubation grants for building a collaborative team. Category 1 awards will focus on forming new collaborative teams, particularly teams that include or are led by junior faculty. Category 1 grants will provide up to $20,000 in funding for one year. We expect Category 1 grant recipients to submit at least one grant proposal to an external funding agency.
Category 2: Team Enhancing
Category 2 grants will focus on positioning teams to be successful in garnering external funding. Category 2 grants will provide up to $50,000 in funding for two years. We expect Category 2 teams to publish white papers, publish peer-reviewed literature, and/or to submit proposals to external funding agencies.
Proposals should be written for a general scientific audience. Proposals should include:
Proposals must be submitted as a single pdf file no later than 5pm March 31, 2011. Submit applications to Dr. Erin Dreelin at email@example.com.
Successful proposals are expected to broadly integrate across the biosciences, geosciences, social sciences, and engineering enabling a new interdisciplinary paradigm in water research using a systems science approach. In evaluating proposals, we will use the following review criteria:
Award decisions will be made by May 1, 2011. The lead PI will be awarded the funds and be responsible for account management.
CWS and ESPP will assist teams that receive funding by:
Faculty receiving funding will be expected to:
Erin A. Dreelin, Ph.D.
Center for Water Sciences
Michigan State University
301 Manly Miles Building
1405 S. Harrison Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823