Grants and Funding Announcements

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The Institute on the Environment’s fellowships and grants provide support for people and projects across the University of Minnesota system. For the latest information on current and upcoming funding opportunities, please sign up for announcements here or contact Jennifer Thissen, Grants and Contracts Coordinator.

Mini Grants

IonE is now accepting applications for our Fall 2019 Mini Grants! The Request for Proposals (RFP) provides detailed instructions for submitting an application. Please note that we are working to align our Mini Grant funding priorities to our Strategic Plan and the evaluation rubric has changed significantly. 

Mini Grants have been offered twice a year (fall/spring) every year since 2011. They are small awards of $3,000 or less, intended to spur new collaborative efforts on environmental topics across the University of Minnesota System. We have funded workshops, speakers, seed funding for larger projects, public engagement events, and dozens of other unique projects.

Here is a link to the projects IonE funded from the Fall 2018 application round!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grant

The Institute on the Environment’s mission is to lead the way toward a future in which people and the environment prosper together. To further that mission, we acknowledge the role social inequality has played in perpetuating disproportionate environmental outcomes and have established a pilot fund of $30,000 to accelerate 3-6 projects that help people and the environment prosper together more equitably and justly.

The funding opportunity is currently closed. We will release the next RFP in Spring 2020.

Sponsored Projects

IonE has worked with Faculty and Staff members from units and colleges that span the entire University of Minnesota system. Our strength is rooted in our collaborations across campuses.

Do you have a sponsored project that you’d like to partner with IonE on? We can help you get it done – from beginning to end. We have coordinated sponsored projects with everyone from large governmental agencies (UDSA, NSF, NIH, etc.) to local non-profit agencies, and everyone in between. We specialize in finding creative ways to do unique and collaborative projects.

For further information see the attached document or contact Jen Thissen.

Institute Fellowships

The IonE Affiliates Program provides funds for scholars to engage in innovative research and problem solving and pursue leadership training. IonE fellowships are open to faculty on all University of Minnesota campuses.

Project Grants

IonE Project Grants (formerly known as Discovery Grants) help highly innovative, world-class research activities get off the ground with a one-time investment of venture capital funding. We look for projects that will make a transformative difference in interdisciplinary research and discovery.

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships

IonE hosts Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships for graduate students whose dissertation work spans disciplinary boundaries. These fellowships are sponsored by the University of Minnesota Graduate School.

IonE supports our IDFs with:

  • $2,000 in research funding support
  • Access to IonE programs & personnel
  • Work space in our facility on the St. Paul campus

Application materials must include:

  • Nominee’s application
  • Nominee’s CV
  • Nominee’s research proposal (draft okay)
  • LOS from faculty mentor in IonE
    • Must be a faculty member, a list of our affiliate faculty members may be found here
  • LOS from advisor/co-advisor
  • Unofficial UMN graduate transcript, with explanation of incompletes

Your email should:

  • Have the subject “IDF Application: YourLastName, YourMajor”
  • Include a brief explanation of why you chose IonE as your host center
  • The deadline in which your graduate program requires your application materials (usually well in advance of the November 13th deadline)
If you are selected, we will return our endorsement letter to you prior to your graduate program’s deadline. You will be responsible for submitting the completed package to your graduate program for final submission.
See the FAQs for further guidance, or you may contact April Snyder with IonE specific questions.