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DENIN offers Environmental Frontier grants for UD faculty


(Editor's note: This story was amended Oct. 10 to reflect a new deadline of Friday, Dec.13, necessitated by the partial government shutdown that has limited researchers' access to federal agencies and websites.)

2:49 p.m., Oct. 9, 2013--The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) invites applications from University of Delaware faculty members for the Environmental Frontier Grants Program. The purpose of the program is to build research teams that will be competitive for larger, follow-on competitions for federal, state, foundation or industry funding of environmentally focused research.

DENIN anticipates selecting up to five projects for funding this year. 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. Investigators may elect to spend grant funds over a one- or two-year period. 

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“The Environmental Frontier grants may be used to collect preliminary data, to formulate and confirm hypotheses, and to develop and validate methodology,” said Donald L. Sparks, director of DENIN. “They’re meant to enable interdisciplinary teams to address gaps in knowledge that constitute a barrier to successful funding proposals.”

For this reason, Sparks said, teams must identify at least one future grant target as part of the application process. Teams may include collaborators from academia, government, nonprofits or industry.

Applicants may focus on interdisciplinary environmental science and engineering, integrated natural and social science projects with an environmental focus, and/or projects that include environmental humanities linked to a science or engineering focus. Research areas of particular interest include climate, sea level rise, water quality, land use, soil contamination and remediation, sensing or monitoring of the environment, economics, ethics, environmental justice, history or policy.

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, Dec.13. Awards will be announced on or about Jan. 20, 2014, with projects expected to begin Feb. 1. Visit the grant program website for complete details or to download application materials.

Article by Beth Chajes

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