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 UofM Twin Cities, Morris, Moorhead and Duluth campuses. Our strength is rooted in our collaborations.

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 your proposal together. We have had 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 fellows 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.

If you are a graduate student interested in applying through IonE for an IDF, please contact Lewis Gilbert and April Snyder. In your email, please advise who your IonE fellow faculty or affiliate supporter will be. We will make our determination after we confirm endorsement from your supporter.

Mini Grants

IonE Mini Grants help spur new collaborations by providing small amounts of funding (up to a maximum of $3,000), administrative and logistical support (including organizing and staffing meetings) and space (for meetings, small conferences, new courses, reading groups, etc.) to interdisciplinary groups of faculty, staff and students from across the University of Minnesota system. The grants are meant to encourage collaboration across disciplines, units and campuses.

The application period for spring 2017 mini grants is now closed. Mini grant applications are accepted each October and March. To stay up to date with mini grant announcements and other IonE news sign up for our newsletter on this page.

Mini Grant Proposal Template

View Past and Current Mini Grants