ND-LEEF Grants

The Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF) research grants serve as a mechanism for graduate and postdoctoral students to test novel ideas using the facility. Grants are limited to $1,500 and include a waiver of user fees.  The Full RFP can be viewed HERE

PRIORITIES

Proposals for both aquatic and terrestrial research that effectively and creatively use the facilities at ND-LEEF are encouraged.

ELIGIBILITY

The following categories are eligible to apply for this program:

  • Graduate Students (any institution)
  • Postdoctoral Researchers (any institution)

BUDGET REQUESTS

The following are allowable budget requests:

  • Personnel: Student or Technician
  • Supplies/Equipment
  • Travel 

DEADLINE

The application period closes on April 3rd, 2020 at 5 p.m. EST. Proposals must be emailed to Brett Peters at bpeters2@nd.edu.

GRANT PERIOD

The funding duration is one year. It's preferred that projects start in the spring of the same year the proposal is submitted and no later than September 1. Ultimately, strong proposals show potential to deliver high impact results quickly.  

PROPOSAL FORMAT AND SUBMISSION

Each proposal must include the following items in the order listed:

  1. Title, lead investigator and other investigators (all with departmental affiliation in parentheses)
  2. Goal and/or questions to be addressed
  3. Importance of topic
  4. Likely impact and influence in the research community
  5. Goals and mechanisms for translation of products to management or policy
  6. Approach and methods
  7. A timeline of activities and deliverables
  8. Budget and other resources needed in each category below.
    1. Title, lead investigator and other investigators (all with departmental affiliation in parentheses)
    2. Goal and/or questions to be addressed
    3. Importance of topic
    4. Approach and methods
    5. A timeline of activities and deliverables
    6. Budget and other resources needed in each category: Personnel (Student or Technician), Supplies/Equipment, Travel
    7. Optional- Supplemental Undergraduate Research Fellowship (one page):
      1. Goal and/or questions to be addressed
      2. Approach and methods
      3. Budget and other resources needed in each category: Personnel (Undergraduate Researcher), Supplies/Equipment, Travel

Proposals must be emailed to Brett Peters at bpeters2@nd.edu. Proposals are reviewed by an ad hoc panel of Notre Dame faculty with final decisions made by the ND-ECI Director and ND-LEEF Assistant Director, with input from the ND-LEEF Advisory Board.

ACCEPTANCE CONDITIONS

As part of ND-ECI's commitment to outreach, each awardee must create a short video interpreting their research for a general audience. Videos will be showcased on the touch-screen display at ND-LEEF's Education and Outreach Pavilion. Examples of past research videos can be seen by clicking here.

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NEED MORE INFORMATION?

For more information on ND-LEEF grants, please contact Brett Peters.