Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program Graduate Research & Outreach
Support Pre-Proposals

Program Description: The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program (IISG) has limited discretionary funds to support ongoing Graduate Student research in promising areas of research and outreach projects. For 2009, the IISG is especially interested in investing in graduate student research programs that would improve thesis or dissertation projects. Those projects that have a focus in one of our nine topic areas identified in our strategic plan are especially encouraged (please visit our Topics page for more information on our topic areas). The topics include:

• Aquaculture
• Aquatic Invasive Species
• Coastal Restoration
• Fish Consumption
• Great Lakes Health (especially Lake Michigan)
• Land Use Planning
• Pharmaceutical Disposal
• Water Quality
• Water Supply

We anticipate awarding Graduate Student support to 2-4 projects at $6,000 depending on how well projects align with our objectives, project need and rigor, the potential for project impact, and the degree to which the funds will improve the student’s research. Selected pre-proposals meeting award criteria will be invited to submit full documentation through appropriate institutional mechanisms (i.e., appropriate institutional grants and contract office). Funding is intended for improvement of the project and will be provided for one year from date of award and must be completed by September, 30 2010.

Eligibility: Graduate students enrolled in an educational or research institution of higher learning within Illinois or Indiana is eligible. Funds are not to be used to cover stipend, tuition, or fees.

Pre-proposal Submission: For full consideration, pre-proposals should be submitted by COB, August 7, 2009 to iisg@illinois.edu. Please indicate “2009 Graduate Student Research Support” on the subject line. Required forms are available on request or by visiting here. Attach only required documents for program pre-proposal consideration including:

1) 90-2 Project Summary Form - This form will serve as the project preproposal. A description of the Form 90-2 is available: Guidelines for 90-2. The student’s pre-proposal should outline a) description of the problem addressed by his/her research project - preferably tied to a specific IISG Strategic Objective; b) a description of the impact of the problem; c) a non-technical description of the methods to address the problem; d) expected results and project area impacts; and anticipated date of graduation.. Not all fields requested at the top of the Program Summary form are applicable to program development funding, therefore, only fill out the items for which are appropriate. For questions, contact, John Epifanio, IISG research coordinator at epifanio@illinois.edu or call 217-244-6916. The Project Summary Form should not exceed 4 pages in length. Please email all forms or documents in PDF File format.

2) 90-4 Budget Form (Required format). A description of the Form 90-4 and an Excel format budget worksheet are available here. Note that for Graduate Student Research Support, there is no matching requirement; however, the budget should include negotiated federal indirect cost rates.

3) Graduate student bio-sketch – Include a maximum 2-page bio-sketch or CV for the student highlighting applicable experiences and demonstrating excellence.

4) Graduate program transcripts – an unofficial copy is acceptable pending selection.

5) Letter of support – Include a letter of support from the student’s major advisor or Department chair/head certifying the student is in good standing, his/her status (i.e., date of thesis or dissertation proposal accepted or anticipated), and other sources of project support.

Final Reporting Requirements (Deliverables):
Upon completion of the funding, the student in cooperation with his/her advisor is required to submit a Final Project Report within 30 days of the award’s conclusion or by October 30, 2010.

Final reports should include the following information:
• Description of the research project’s accomplishments including: significant research findings; publications, presentations at conferences, and workshops; general impacts of the research; and,
• Description of how the funds improved the dissertation or thesis project. Questions regarding eligibility or pre-proposal requirements may be directed to the IISG research coordinator at epifanio@illinois.edu or by phone at 217-244-6916.