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DENIN Environmental Frontier Grants


Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 15, 2013
NOTE: This deadline has been extended to December 13 because the partial government shutdown has limited researchers' access to government agencies and websites.

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) invites applications from UD faculty for the Environmental Frontier Grants Program (EFGP). The purpose of the EFGP is to help build research teams who will be competitive for larger, follow-on competitions for federal, state, foundation or industry funding of environmentally focused research.

DENIN was established in October 2009, to conduct research and coordinate partnerships that integrate environmental science, engineering, and policy in order to provide strategies that address environmental challenges. The institute's goals are to initiate interdisciplinary research projects; support interdisciplinary academic programs; forge partnerships among government agencies, nonprofits, industry, policymakers, and the public to address environmental concerns; and coordinate and sponsor signature events and programs that provide opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction. Toward this mission and goals, DENIN is investing a portion of its internal funds to build interdisciplinary environmental research, through the EFGP.

EFGP grants will be awarded to teams of interdisciplinary environmental researchers to collect preliminary data, to formulate and confirm hypotheses, and to develop and validate methodology, as precursors to submitting multi-investigator, environmentally focused funding applications.

EFGP grants may focus on interdisciplinary environmental science and engineering, integrated natural and social science projects with an environmental focus, and/or projects including environmental humanities linked to a project’s science/engineering research focus.
Environmental research areas of particular interest in this solicitation include: climate, sea level rise, water quality, land use, soil contamination/remediation, sensing/monitoring, economics, ethics, environmental justice, history or policy. Proposals should make a clear and convincing argument for the future fundability and significance of the topic. Within the proposal, applicants should identify funding targets as part of a project timeline.

EFGP grants allow interdisciplinary teams to address gaps in knowledge that constitute a barrier to competitive funding applications. It is expected that teams will identify a crucial research focus that will strengthen a key area and will position the team well for the future. It is also expected that a team collaboration be sufficiently mature such that an EFGP grant is likely to be effective. EFGP applicants may include collaborators from academia, government, non-profits or industry.

Applicants may request up to $50,000 in direct costs. An Environmental Frontier Grant can support students or postdoctoral fellows, supplies, or travel directly related to the project. Faculty salary and F&A (indirect costs) are ineligible costs. Investigators may elect to spend grant funds over a one-year or two- year period. Applications from individual investigators who are not part of an interdisciplinary team will not be competitive. DENIN anticipates selecting up to five projects for funding this year.

We ask that each proposal be signed by the PI and the department chair or administrator. Applicants do not need to submit proposals via the UD Research Office. PIs of funded projects will be asked to provide brief reports at six-month intervals during the grant period, and annually for three years after the grant ends. Applicants should plan for a start date of February 1, 2014. We expect to announce awardees on or about January 20, 2014.

Download application materials in pdf format.