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.

Applications being accepted until April 3, 2020 5:00 pm.

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.

Application

The application requires your name, title and affiliation, date, a description of research activity or identified proposal development, and an itemized budget with explanation.  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.

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. The application window for this award is now closed. This award will be advertised in Spring 2021.

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.

The SMSOE Research Committee will review applications and make a recommendation to the SMSOE Executive Committee. If the applicant is in doubt about the suitability of their idea for use of the Professorship, she/he is encouraged to consult with the Jennifer Miksis-Olds (j.miksisolds@unh.edu) prior to submission.

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.

The application window for this award is now closed and will reopen about in 2021.

  • 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 Vessel Fund

The SMSOE Graduate Student Research Vessel Fund can provide support for vessel use to graduate students who do not have other means of funding these expenses. This includes supplemental support if a graduate student needs a larger more expensive vessel (e.g., Gulf Challenger) during winter months, than a smaller vessel (e.g., Galen J) that may be covered by an existing grant

Graduate students are encouraged to apply for this funding well in advance of the need and should seek to partner with existing cruises where possible.

The SMSOE Research Committee will have an annual call for applications during the Spring semester.  Applications may be accepted at other times of the year if unplanned new/unique opportunities arise.

Applications are currently being accepted until February 28, 2020.

This fund was established through the generous donations received from the 2019 UNH 603 Challenge. The 2020 UNH 603 Challenge will take place April 3 – 7, 2020. Watch for more information on how you can help support graduate student research at UNH.

Applications can be submitted online. Please have the following information ready when applying.

  • Abstract of your research.
  • A detailed budget to include: Vessel rates, number of uses/trips, duration of trip(s), fuel costs, and any additional equipment fees.
  • A written justification of the trip objective and why funds are not available from other sources.
  • Letter of recommendation from their advisor or sponsor. This letter of recommendation can be sent directly to marine.information@unh.edu. The letter of recommendation can also be submitted with application.

Apply here

Requests for assistance will not be accepted post cruise. Applicants will only be reviewed if cruise 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.
 

Recipients are expected to submit a brief (~1 page) report on the results of the vessel use. 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 Drs. Jenn Dijkstra and Nathan Furey. We will accept proposals from UNH graduate students and faculty requesting funds that would be of benefit to the UNH Marine Biology Graduate Program and graduate students whose research focus is estuarine and marine biology. Proposals that use the Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex and the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory are especially welcome.
We will fund both students and faculty members. Priority will be given to proposals that: 1) Enhance the Marine Biology Graduate Option in some manner; 2) Will improve the ability of graduate students who study marine and estuarine biology to obtain funding from other sources, for example by collecting preliminary data; 3) Make it possible for a graduate student to initiate or complete an important piece of research.

This call is open until February 28, 2020.

Full RFP and application instructions.

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.