Grants & Funding

Garden Grants

MORPH supported visits to botanical gardens for graduate students, postdoctorals, and junior faculty. These grants were targeted toward individuals with an interest in organismic and molecular evolutionary developmental studies to include broader sampling of plant biodiversity.  The primary goal of the grants program was to support individuals with a desire to bridge the gap between organismic and molecular aspects of plant evo-devo.

Each year, MORPH was able to fund up to ten botanical garden travel grants at $3,000 per grant.

Participating Institutions:

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Hortus Botanicus Leiden

Botanischer Garten München

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden


Botanical garden travel grants were evaluated quarterly. Deadlines were August 1, November 1, February 1, and May 1.

Application Materials:

  1. 1.A letter from the major advisor (for postdoctorals and graduate students).

  1. 2.A letter from the MORPH-affiliated contact person at the botanical garden (indicating willingness to host the applicatn and a consensus about the proposed activities of the visitor. The letter must include an explicit statement acknowledging that the host institution understands that MORPH funds may not be used to underwrite costs associated with the proposed research activities.

  1. 3.A letter from the applicant detailing research plans and proposed interactions.  This letter should indicated how the botanical garden visit will support ongoing research projects, and must demonstrate that this work cannot be supported by other NSF funding.

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

Each letter should be no more than two pages. The applicant letter must specifically document the fact that the botanical garden has representatives of a group of plants relating to an ongoing plant developmental evolution study in an organismic or a molecular laboratory. By NSF rules, the budget may not be use to directly fund costs associated with the proposed research activities (e.g., supplies).

How to Apply:

All application materials must be emailed as attached .pdf or Word documents to William (Ned) Friedman,


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