Contact us at:
micromorphRCN@gmail.com

Inter-institutional undergraduate internships and graduate,
postdoctoral and early career faculty lab rotations

microMORPH is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for undergraduates ($5,000), and graduate students, postdoctorals, and assistant professors ($3,500) in plant development and plant evolution.
 
These grants are available to support cross-disciplinary visits between labs or institutions for a period of a few weeks to an entire semester.  We are committed to supporting diverse aspects of evo-devo related to questions or processes of microevolution.  In particular, we wish to encourage visits from evolutionary ecologists, systematists and morphologists to molecular developmental labs with the intention of developing tools to investigate diversifications of populations and closely related species – and visits from members of molecular developmental labs interested in learning of the biology and evolutionary ecology of non-model groups of species.  The interdisciplinary nature of these focused interactions will provide a unique opportunity for participants to integrate historically disparate fields and in turn develop research programs at the interfaces of evolutionary ecology, organismic biology, and developmental biology. 

The current proposal deadline is March 31st, 2014. We are accepting proposals from undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and early career faculty for cross-disciplinary visits (inter-institutional rotations). For information about proposal preparation and submission click here.

Proposals for undergraduate summer internships and grants will be due March 31st, 2014. For information about these internships click here.

Past Awardees:

2010 | 2011

Application Process

Undergraduate Summer Internships/Training Grants:

The microMORPH RCN promotes and fosters cross-disciplinary training and interaction through a series of small grants that allow undergraduates to visit labs and botanical gardens as well as gain invaluable laboratory experience while contributing to scientific discovery.

Award Amount

Each year, microMORPH is able to fund ten 10-week research internships/training grants for undergraduates. $5,000 is available per grant, which can be used for travel and housing for the period of the internship.

Evaluation

Undergraduate microMORPH training grant proposals are due on March 31st, 2014. Submissions are accepted until all annual funds have been committed.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a microMORPH undergraduate training grant you must fulfill one or more of the following requirements: 1) you must be a U.S. citizen or, 2) you must be affiliated with a U.S. college, university, or institution (in an ungraduate program), or 3) the lab you plan to visit for your training experience must be at a U.S. university of institution.

Application Materials

  1. A letter from the principle investigator of the prospective host lab (indicating a willingness to host consensus about the proposed activities of the visitor, and an explicit statement acknowledging that the host lab understands that the microMORPH RCN funds may not be used to underwrite the proposed research activities).
  1. A letter from the applicant detailing research plans and interaction (2-3 pages)

  1. A proposed budget for travel costs, per diem, lodging, and meals

  2. A letter of recommendation from the applicant's advisor or professor who is able to comment on the applicant's abilities and potential as they relate to the proposed project

  3. The applicant's CV

Each letter must be no more than three pages. The applicant letter must specifically document the fact that the training opportunity is aimed at integrating microevolutionary biology and developmental biology.  By NSF rules, the budget may not be used to directly fund costs associated with the proposed research activities (e.g., supplies).

How to Apply

All application materials must be emailed as attached Word (or equivalent) documents to Amie Evans (amieevans@fas.harvard.edu).

Proposal Evaluation

Two members of the steering committee (one organismic and one molecular) and a third individual from outside the core participants (chosen by the steering committee) are charged with evaluating applications.

Cross-Disciplinary Visits and Training:

The microMORPH RCN promotes and fosters cross-disciplinary training and interaction through a series of small grants that allow graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and early career faculty to visit labs and botanical gardens. Being listed on the microMORPH community web page is required of all successful applicants (and encouraged for everyone else!).

Award Amount
   
Each Year, microMORPH is able to fund five graduate student, post-doctoral, or early career faculty cross-training research opportunities for up to $3,500 to cover travel, lodging, and pier diem.

Evaluation
   
The next microMORPH Cross Disciplinary Training Grant deadline is March 31st, 2014. Submissions are accepted until all annual funds have been committed.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a microMORPH training grant you must fulfill one or more of the following requirements: 1) you must be a U.S. citizen or, 2) you must be affiliated with a U.S. university or institution (in a graduate program or working as a post-doc or faculty member), or 3) the lab you plan to visit for your training experience must be at a U.S. univeristy of institution.

Application Materials

1) A letter from the prospective host lab (indicating a willingness to host, consensus about the proposed activities of the visitor, and an explicit statement acknowledging that the host lab understands that the microMORPH RCN funds may not be used to underwrite the proposed research activities).

2) A letter from the Applicant detailing research plans and interaction

3) A proposed budget for travel costs, per diem, lodging, and meals

4) The applicant's CV

5) A letter of recommendation from the applicants advisor (if a graduate student) or principle investigator (if a post doctoral researcher). Junior faculty do not need a letter of recommendation

Each letter must be no more than three pages. The applicant letter must specifically document the fact that the training opportunity is aimed at integrating microevolutionary biology and developmental biology. By NSF rules, the budget may not be used to directly fund costs associated with the proposed research activities (e.g., supplies).

How to Apply

All application materials must be emailed as attached as Word or PDF documents to Amie Evans (amieevans@fas.harvard.edu).

Proposal Evaluation

Two members of the steering committee (one organismic and one molecular) and a third individual from outside the core participants (chosen by the steering committee) are charged with evaluating applications.