2020 Transitions Lab

Student Engagement

Research Development Grants

An award program designed to support collaborative, interdisciplinary efforts of Indiana University students to develop new, externally-funded research related to sustainability.

Applications Due: March 8, 5:00 PM

These awards are designed to encourage and support sustainability research by currently enrolled Indiana University undergraduate and graduate students. Successful proposals have clearly stated goals and objectives, employ appropriate methods and tools, and address sustainability challenges, such as resource stewardship, assessment and mitigation of environmental impacts caused by human activity, and institutional and societal responses to ecological change.

Both basic and applied research is supported from the arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, and technical and policy studies. Special consideration is given to projects directed at campus, community, and/or regional research targets, although proposals that address global sustainability problems also are accepted. Priority will be given to high-quality interdisciplinary projects that include participants from multiple disciplines, as well as proposals that involve collaborative graduate-undergraduate student research teams.

This program is part of a growing array of initiatives supported by the Indiana University Office of Sustainability and the Integrated Program in the Environment.

Award Details

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Grant applicants and recipients must be enrolled undergraduate or graduate students in good standing and cannot be scheduled to graduate prior to project completion. The grants require the support of a full-time IUB faculty member who will write a letter of support for the applicant and be responsible for administering grant funding, should the proposal be accepted. If the student proposal is submitted by a research team, then additional faculty mentors associated with the project also should complete the recommendation form. Applicants who have had proposals declined in the past may reapply. However, previous Sustainability Research Development Grant awardees are ineligible.

For undergraduate research, awards may be up to $3,000. For graduate research, awards range from $2,000 to $10,000. Award funds can include graduate student fellowships (up to $3,000) or undergraduate student scholarships (up to $2,000), as well as funds for field, laboratory, computational, or library research. If multiple-investigator awards are made, recipients will share the award. Awardees are expected to engage with other fellows and members of the university sustainability community by preparing a poster for either the Sustainability Symposium in April and/or participating in the IPE Spring research conference. Awardees are also required to submit a summary report to the IUOS by the conclusion of the following spring semester.

Application Procedures

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Note: The Review Committee is composed of faculty who may not be specialists in the applicant’s field.

Applications must include:

  1. Project title, full name(s), major(s), and department(s) must be listed at the top of the application’s first page.
  2. An abstract of 200-250 words
  3. A research proposal written in clear and concise prose that includes all stipulations found within the Application Guidelines (1,500 words or less).
  4. Recommendation form (to be completed and submitted by faculty sponsor(s)): The faculty sponsor support statement should be completed using the form found within the Application Guidelines 

Application Guidelines and Faculty Support Form

Proposal Evaluation

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Members of the Review Committee are instructed to rate each proposal on the basis of the criteria described above. The applicant is therefore urged to discuss the proposed work in relation to each of the criteria, providing information about the project in the context of her/his department, the discipline, and the University. Undergraduate proposals will be evaluated separately, on the basis of both the quality of the research and the potential contributions of the project to the student’s undergraduate academic experience. Proposals that include graduate and undergraduate students will be evaluated in the graduate student proposal pool.

Review Process

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An interdisciplinary review committee convened by the IU Office of Sustainability will review applications within a month of the submission deadline. Funds will be provided to the faculty mentor’s research account and will be administered in accordance with university administrative and financial policies.

Proposals and letters of evaluation should be submitted electronically (in PDF format) to: Education and Research Working Group email: erwg@indiana.edu

For questions related to the grant or application process, email or call Andrew Predmore: sapredmo@indiana.edu, 812-855-2818