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Wasatch Environmental Observatory Seed Grant Program

The GCSC is seeking proposals from small teams consisting of both faculty and students to conduct interdisciplinary research at the intersection of Wasatch Front air, water, and health. Projects must utilize and build from WEO data resources and include ecological and/or environmental justice perspectives. See WEO data resources at this link.

Proposals are due December 10, 2021 for projects to be completed between January 1 – December 31, 2022.

Please use the application below to apply, providing:

  1. A one page list of the research team members and a brief description of how each will contribute to the project.
    A single GCSC affiliated faculty PI* must lead each team, and teams may include other faculty collaborators from across campus, postdocs, and students. Each individual may only be a participant on one proposal. Teams must include at least one student and one faculty member and must include participants from at least two different departments or disciplines. Collaboration with community partners is encouraged.
  2. A two to three page summary of the research plan.
    The research plan should describe the problem or question to be addressed, the approach to be taken, how WEO resources will be used, the potential impact of the interdisciplinary collaboration, and the anticipated products and outcomes of the project. A single figure / image / or graphic may also be included (and does not count towards the page limit).
  3. A one page budget summary with a table of all costs and a description of how the funds will be used.
    We anticipate funding projects at the $10,000-15,000 level, however proposals up to $30,000 may be considered.  Teams may choose to budget for technician time if they need assistance accessing WEO tools. The following items are non-allowable expenses: computers, tuition, or graduate student salary-related expenses and benefits.

Proposals will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of experts, and decisions will be made in early January 2022.  Priority will be given to projects with a significant positive impact in terms of collaborations between academic units, new scholarship or knowledge, enhanced environmental justice, or future extramural funding. The GCSC will request a report of the accomplishments at the end of the project and student participants will be expected to present the research at the GCSC’s annual Environment and Sustainability Research Symposium. 

*GCSC will transferr grant funds to be administered by the PI’s home department