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 April Snyder, Associate Director of Operations, for more information.

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 a well-trained administrative grants staff who can help pull together your proposal. 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 flexible 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

If you are a graduate student interested in applying through IonE for an IDF for the next Academic Year, your application materials should be sent to April Snyder no later than noon on Monday, October 23, 2017. Late submissions and incomplete application packages will not be considered as this is a highly competitive process.

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.

Mini Grants

IonE Mini Grants spur new collaborative efforts by providing small amounts of funding to interdisciplinary groups of faculty, staff and students from across the University of Minnesota system. The purpose of the program is to encourage risk taking and experimentation across disciplines, units or campuses

Mini Grants have two regular funding cycles, Fall and Spring. Additionally, Emerging Issues proposals may be submitted at any time. Emerging Issues are defined by their discrete time of applicability, for example, a response to a natural disaster.

Please review the RFP carefully to note changes to the Mini Grant application process.

Deadlines for the 2017/2018 Academic Year are 01 November 2017 (fall) and 25 February 2018 (spring).

Mini Grant Request for Proposal (RFP)

Evaluation Rubric

View Past and Current Mini Grants