Research Funding

B&P and Seed Grant Award

The purpose of the Business & Proposal (B&P) and Seed Grant funds are to develop proposals or pilot research ultimately leading to external funding (private, industry, government). Funds available each year will target $25,000. Typical amounts will range from $1,000 to $5,000, with a cap of $12,500 per call. There will be two application rounds each year in the spring and fall.  Awards are anticipated to be made within 30 days of the proposal deadline. Budget items appropriate for B&P requests include research faculty salary, faculty summer salary, and research staff salary directly related to proposal development. Budget items appropriate for Seed Grants include research faculty salary, faculty summer salary, student salary, research services (boat expenses, equipment rental, etc.) and expendable supplies.

Spring 2021 deadline: May 14, 2021

B&P and Seed Grants do NOT cover:

  • Conference travel or fees
  • Equipment
  • Professional development courses
  • Student tuition

Requirements

  • Applicant must be affiliated with SMSOE and be able to serve as an UNH PI.
  • No more than one application per PI (lead or co-I) in each review period, and only one grant per PI will be funded in any given year.
  • Proposal must provide some indication of the targeted.
  • Applicant must provide an assessment of the potential for return.
  • B&P applications only – must identify specific agency program or RFP, with proposal due date if known, for which the proposal is being developed.
  • Research requiring the use of SMSOE equipment or facilities must be approved by David Shay (dave.shay@unh.edu) and his written approval must be submitted with the application.
  • Proposals must include an outreach component.

Application

The application requires your name, title and affiliation, date, a description of research activity or identified proposal development, an itemized budget with explanation, an outreach plan and SMSOE facility approval (if applicable).  Download application.

Criteria and Review Process

  • Priority will be given to first-time applicants.
  • Priority will be given to interdisciplinary efforts that connect more than one program or department across UNH.
  • The request should ultimately serve the wider community or society as opposed to a focused single PI research program.
  • SMSOE Research Committee will review proposals with the exception of committee members with conflict of interest, and will recommend funding applications to the SMSOE Executive Committee.

Products

B&P: A copy of the externally submitted proposal developed as a result of the B&P funding must be submitted within six months of awarded funding. A copy of the submitted proposal will be forwarded to the SMSOE following proposal submission.

Seed Grant: Summary report of research results and identification of external funding opportunities eventually leading to external funding.

Reports to be submitted to the SMSOE within one year of award.

Awardees will be encouraged to participate as judges in the SMSOE Graduate Research Symposium held annually each Spring.

Contact Info

Class of 1937 Professorship in Marine Biology

The objective of the fund is to provide a continuing source of support to recognize excellence in teaching and research in marine biology within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering and its associated laboratories, with a preference for the Shoals Marine Laboratory. Individuals awarded this professorship may hold tenure-track or research faculty appointments in marine biology. Recipients of this professorship will be at any rank, with priority given to new or current faculty demonstrating particular achievement within the last two years. More than one individual may hold the professorship at any time. The maximum funding available is $10,000 per year. Awards will be for up to three years and are renewable.

 

This professorship was established through the generosity of members and friends of the University of New Hampshire’s Class of 1937 on the occasion of their 50th reunion.

As directed by the donors, the objective of the Fund is to provide a continuing source of support to recognize excellence in teaching and research in Marine Biology within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineeringand its associated laboratories with a preference for the Shoals Marine Laboratory. Individuals awarded this professorship may hold tenure-track or research faculty appointments in marine biology. Recipients of this professorship will be at any rank, with priority given to new or current faculty demonstrating particular achievement within the last two years. More than one individual may hold the professorship at any time. The maximum funding available is $10,000 per year. Awards will be for up to three years and are renewable.

Successful applicants will have a strong record of accomplishment in Marine Biology and present a plan for using Class of ’37 support to advance marine biological education and/or research at UNH. Preference will be given to proposals that clearly define a benefit for the greater Marine Biology community at UNH.

Applications (5 pages maximum) should provide a summary of the applicant’s contributions over the past 2-5 years (1 page maximum) and an overview of the applicant’s goals for the professorship (4 pages maximum). Applications must include a summary budget. Research requiring the use of SMSOE equipment or facilities must be approved by David Shay (dave.shay@unh.edu) and his written approval must be submitted with the application.

Awardees will be expected to submit a brief summary of their activities supported by the professorship annually. Any funds not expended by the end of the award period will revert to the Class of 1937 Fund to be redistributed as part of a future professorship.

Applications should be emailed to: marine.information@unh.edu.

  • 2019 - Present - Elizabeth Fairchild, Ph.D.
  • 2015 - 2019 - Gregg Moore, Ph.D.
  • 2011 - 2014 - David Burdick, Ph.D.
  • 2011 - 2014 - David Berlinsky, Ph.D.

Graduate Student Research Fund

The SMSOE Graduate Student Research  Fund can provide supplemental support for vessel use, supplies and/or undergraduate support for UNH graduate students who do not have other means of funding these expenses for marine related research. The SMSOE Research Committe will hold two RFP's in the Fall and Spring semesters. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for this funding well in advance of the need. The total amount of funding available for Spring 2021 is $15,000. Typical awards range from $1,000 - $3,000.

This fund was established through the generous donations received from the UNH 603 Challenge and the Hubbard Endowment. Watch for more information on how you can help support graduate student research at UNH through the 603 Challange.

Spring 2021 deadline: May 14, 2021

Applicant must:

  • complete the application available through the link below.
  • submit an abstract of your research project. The abstract should include a written justification of the research project objective and why funds are not available from other sources.
  • provide a detailed budget to include: Vessel rates (if applicable), supplies, travel expenses, and/or undergraduate support.
  • submit a letter of recommendation from an advisor or sponsor. This letter of recommendation can be sent directly to marine.information@unh.edu or submitted with application below.
  • if using a SMSOE supported facility (JEL, CML or UNH Pier) or equipment, you must receive written approval from David Shay (david.shay@unh.edu) before submitting your application. The written approval must be submitted with your application below.

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Requests for assistance will not be accepted post cruise/research. Applicants will only be reviewed if research expenses are not covered by other sources. Applicants are expected to justify why funding is not covered elsewhere. Funding is available only to current UNH graduate students and for research purposes only. Graduate student stipends will not be supported with this funding.
 

Recipients are expected to submit a brief (~1 page) report on the results of the research. Recipients of this funding are expected to participated in the SMSOE Graduate Research Symposium and Ocean Discovery Day, and may be asked to help in the SMSOE booths at conferences such as AGU and Ocean Sciences (if attending).

Marine Biology Graduate Program

The MBGP is eager to support research and educational projects related to marine biology. We are open to a wide variety of proposals and if you have any doubts about the appropriateness of your ideas, contact the Director(s) (Jenn Dijkstra and Nathan Furey). We will accept proposals from graduate students and faculty requesting funds that would be of benefit to the Marine Biology Graduate Program and its graduate students, with priority given to graduate students. Proposals that use the Judd Gregg Marine Complex and the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory are especially welcome.  Budget items appropriate for this request include up to $1,500 in graduate student summer salary, research services (boat expenses, equipment rental, etc.) and expendable supplies. Summer support will go to students with the greatest need. Priority will be given to students and/or faculty who have not received funds from this program in the past 12 months. The proposal deadline for Spring 2021 has passed.

NH Sea Grant Development Funds

N.H. Sea Grant Development Funds are available to faculty and researchers with principal investigator status at any institution of higher education and research in New Hampshire. Awards typically range from $1,000 to $7,500, and only one development award per year is usually approved per researcher.