IonE and the Provost’s office announce major new water-related funding opportunity
The Institute on the Environment (IonE) is pleased to jointly announce — with the University of Minnesota Provost’s office — an enhanced opportunity for research funding that expands upon the recent Grand Challenges Research Call for Competitive Proposals.
Using additional criteria that privilege impact and societal translation in the Grand Challenge area of “Assuring Clean Water and Sustainability Ecosystems,” IonE will provide $750,000 over three years to an integrated team of researchers drawn from the pool of applicants responding to the Grand Challenges Research Call for Competitive Proposals.
The Institute on the Environment funds are in addition to those made available to Grand Challenges Research through strategic planning implementation. Potential applicants should refer to the guidelines for Grand Challenges Research pre-proposals and note that proposals should identify specific knowledge barriers needed to overcome a critical water sustainability goal.
The leader of submitted proposals must be PI-eligible within the greater University of Minnesota system, including all campuses. External participants, including knowledge partners in other organizations, as co-PIs are encouraged. Project leaders should seek to become Fellows of the Institute on the Environment after the grant is awarded, if they are not already Fellows. Pre-proposals should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, March 20.
In addition, the Grand Challenge Research Phase 2 call includes a track of “Collaboratives” or groups of interdisciplinary faculty working over the course of a year toward the creation of new projects or other objectives. Collaboratives will be housed either at the Institute on the Environment or the Institute for Advanced Study, depending on scope and mission fit.
“We felt it timely to join forces with others on campus to raise the profile and impact of water research at the University,” said IonE Director, Jessica Hellmann. “Beginning in 2016, the IonE directed its Discovery Grant funds to strategic areas with larger awards for integrated teams of scholars. This year we are partnering with Grand Challenges to achieve that goal.”