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  • Grants in Aid of Research

    Melanie Colón

    The Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program was established in 1996 to provide supplemental awards to graduate students in support of their research in the fields of integrative and comparative biology.
    Students may apply to ONLY ONE program, either the Fellowship for Graduate Student Travel or Grants-in-Aid of Research.


    This program typically makes 25 awards for a total of approximately $24,000 to students from all divisions of the Society.


    Use of and eligibility for funding: Awards are made payable to the individual recipients. No part of an award may be used for the payment of indirect costs to the recipient's institution. All funds must be expended directly in support of the proposed investigation. Any equipment purchased shall be the property of the institution. Awards are made in amounts up to a maximum of $1,000. Previous recipients of any SICB award (GIAR or FGST) are not eligible.


    Awards are limited to graduate students currently enrolled in degree programs who are active members of SICB. Non-members must become members for the current grant year to be eligible to receive awards.
    If two or more applicants are working on part of a larger project but are applying separately for support, each one should identify the other applicant(s) of the project. Unless indicated to the contrary, the SSC will assume that failure to provide support for one applicant does not affect the ability of the other applicants to pursue their research.


    Electronic application process: All grant applications must be filed electronically using the forms provided at this website. All fields in the electronic form must be completed unless noted otherwise. The electronic submittal system will not accept any empty fields! Limits of field length apply.


    Proposal writing and evaluation:
    Proposed investigation (3000 characters maximum) is the most critical part of the proposal. This should be written by the applicant with feedback from the major professor.


    Suggestions for writing the proposal: In the first paragraph, state the focal problem clearly and concisely with an explicit research hypothesis that has been set in the context of a broader theory or model. Non-experts will be reading the proposal, so pertinent background information is necessary. The second paragraph should describe the proposed research methods and how the gathered data will relate to previous work in the field, the hypothesis, and the broader theory or model. The third paragraph should present the planned use of the funds. A well-proofread application indicates professionalism and credibility. Literature citations should be indicated, but used sparingly. Include the authors' names and date of publication (e.g., Darwin, 1859, rather than a number) in the narrative. The full citation should be given in the appropriate field using the format in the Journal of Integrative and Comparative Biology. Requested support should contribute directly to the success of the proposed study. The SSC attaches low priority to support for institutional and departmental equipment and facilities. Travel to field research sites and living expenses while doing field research (beyond those normally incurred at home) are considered fundable items.


    The following are NOT granted support: educational programs and curriculum development, stipends for applicants or assistants, manuscript preparation and publication costs, purchase of standard equipment and supplies that should normally be available in an institutional research laboratory, travel to scientific meetings or symposia, requests for a second award.


    The SSC is unable to provide feedback to applicants concerning their individual proposals.
    Application forms are open now through October 20 on this page: www.sicb.org/grants/gfforms/index.php.

    Edited by Melanie Colón

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