Graduate Student Competitive Grants Program
The College of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Competitive Grant Program is sponsored by the college's Office for Research and Graduate Education. Historically, the funding rate for the program is approximately 32%.
2015/2016 Fiscal Year Guidelines
It is anticipated that up to fifteen (15) awards of $2,500 will be awarded this fiscal year.
All doctoral candidates advised by CAS faculty, including students enrolled in college and intercollege programs, are eligible. Applicants may not have received a previous CAS Graduate Student Competitive Grant.
All applicants submitting proposals for the 2015/2016 fiscal year must have attended the Fall 2014 Workshop OR the upcoming workshop and information session scheduled for Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. in 107 Forest Resources Bldg.
Send your inquiry email to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance at last year’s workshop to be eligible to submit a proposal this year.
Deadlines and Funding Decisions
Electronically provide (in one pdf file) an approved application package to email@example.com, by 4 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2015. Only applications that are received by the deadline will be considered and evaluated. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of CAS graduate faculty and the decisions will be made in late November and announced in early December.
Application packages should include the following items, in order, as one pdf file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I. Cover Page: Review document to be certain that all certifications are complete and all required signatures have been obtained. This page will be developed by the Grants and Contracts Office, but signatures will be required.
II. Abstract: Limited to approximately 200 words. Use a separate sheet from body of proposal. This will be used for outreach purposes and should be written clearly so that it is understandable to a layperson. If selected for funding, this abstract will be uploaded to the CAS Research and Graduate Education website.
III. Proposal: Limit the body of the proposal to four pages and number your proposal pages and use 12 point Times Roman font and number your proposal pages. All graphs and images will be considered part of the four page proposal. Cover page, Abstract, Citations, Budget, Budget Justification, and Curriculum Vita are not part of the four page limit.
Use the following headings in following the proposal:
- Project Rationale: Introduce the research problem.
- Background Information: Selectively review literature of the research prblem.
- Description of Proposed Research: Include research questions and methodology.
- Impact of Research: Discuss the contribution that the research will make to societal issues.
IV. Budget: Must be developed in consultation with the CAS Grants and Contracts Office in 107 Ag Admin Building. To schedule a meeting to discuss and prepare your budget, please contact Betsy Hockenberry (email@example.com or 814-865-5419) no later than Wednesday, October 07, 2015.
The maximum budget for each award is $2,500. Expenditures can include, but are not limited to: lab supplies, wage payroll, animal care costs, DNA sequencing, analysis of soil samples, travel to research sites, and software for data analysis. Travel to attend scientific meetings is an unallowable expense. All expenditures must occur within the award time frame.
Awarded funds will be available by December 1, 2015 and must be expended by May 31, 2016; no extensions will be granted. Requests to re-budget funds must be made in advance by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
V. Budget Justification: Include as a separate page, a narrative paragraph(s) explaining briefly the rationale for each budget item requested.
VI. Curriculum Vita (CV): Two-page maximum.
Proposals are reviewed and evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Clarity of hypothesis or statement of problem
- Background information that frames the context of the proposal
- Whether the procedures address the objectives of the proposal
- Clarity of expression - writing style and proposal organization
If you have questions about the application process, please contact email@example.com.