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Research Grant Application

Grants are available for undergraduate or graduate student research in the environmental sciences (e.g., ecology, geology, atmospheric science, human-environment interactions) at the Indiana University Research and Teaching Preserve (RTP) properties. Up to three awards of as much as $2,000 each will be granted on a competitive basis.

The goals of this grant program are to encourage and advance student research and to develop a long-term environmental database for the RTP. Priority will be given to research projects without other external funding sources, but all interested students at the undergraduate or graduate level are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

All Indiana University students with full-time undergraduate or graduate status are eligible. It is expected that undergraduates will be in their junior or senior year when completing the research while graduate students may be at any stage. Students should be enrolled full-time during the period of the grant, although the research may carry over during summer sessions. An overall 3.0 GPA is required for undergraduates. For graduate students, an overall 3.0 GPA in their graduate program is required.

Selection Criteria

Awarding of the grants will be based on the following criteria:

  • The quality, feasibility, and appropriateness of the research being proposed
  • The promise of positive intellectual growth, regardless of the specific outcome of the research
  • Established academic credentials and background for conducting the proposed research
  • Academic and intellectual support available to student to complete the research
  • Support of the supervising faculty member
  • A significant field component based at one or more of the IU RTP properties

Research Summary and Information Dissemination

Upon the completion of the research project, the student will submit a short written report summarizing the research effort. Alternatively, a senior thesis or graduate thesis could substitute if appropriate. An accounting of how the grant funds were spent should also be provided at the completion of the project.

Application Procedure

Submission of the application form to the IU RTP office must be done by April 1, and notification of awards will be made by May 15.

The application form should be completed, including a specific research plan and a detailed budget (listing other sources of funding, including pending grant applications). If the applicant has previously received funding from this program, a description of those research results should also be included. The budget may include up to $750 for reimbursement of personal expenses related to the research project (travel to and from the site, purchase of books or research materials, etc.).

The application may be downloaded and sent to the IU RTP office.

Two supporting letters of recommendation are required. If submitting a hard-copy application, the letters of recommendation should be signed in sealed envelopes that accompany the application. If submitting an online application, the letters may be submitted via email from the recommender with their online signature.

Reseach Reports: Researchers will file annual (due in yearly increments based on the date of commencement of the project) reports to the RTP director that include: a brief description of research objectives and methods (first and final reports only), a summary of the results of the project(s), a list of data generated and contact information for those interested in the data, relevant images/photographs, and list of publications resulting from the project(s). An online report form is available. Reports may also be submitted in hard copy format to the IU RTP office or e-mailed as a PDF file to

Revised: March 21, 2011

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