North Carolina Sea Grant/Water Resources Research Institute Graduate Student Research Funding Opportunity

Funding Agency:
North Carolina Sea Grant

NC WRRI and NC Sea Grant announce a joint competitive funding opportunity for full time graduate students at NC’s colleges and universities. Highlights of this funding opportunity include an emphasis on diversity within applicants and in the areas where research is to be targeted.

Recognizing that some students and faculty have historically been underserved and under-targeted with research opportunities, and that some students and faculty are underrepresented in the sciences, we strongly encourage submissions by and/or collaborative partnerships with one or more of the following:

  • African American, Hispanic and Native American students and African American, Hispanic and Native American sponsoring faculty
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)

Furthermore, recognizing that some communities and geographical areas are underserved and often stand to gain significantly from meaningful applied research, we strongly encourage research projects that engage underserved communities, rural communities, communities of color, or low- or fixed-income communities.

Proposals may address research questions and methods in the fields of social science, education, communications, natural science, engineering, economics or policy, or a combination of these disciplines. We encourage proposals that include meaningful public engagement, public participation, or collaboration with members of the communities where research is to take place.

Deadline: May 1, 2017

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Research focus areas include:

  • Hurricane Matthew Response and Recovery
  • Groundwater Contamination and On-Site, Individual Water Infrastructure (Disconnected Wells and Septic Systems)
  • Community Development and Watershed Management

Proposed research must take place in the state of North Carolina. Furthermore, recognizing that some communities and geographical areas are underserved and often stand to gain significantly from meaningful applied research, we strongly encourage research projects that engage underserved communities, rural communities, communities of color, or low- or fixed-income communities. 

Proposals may address research questions and methods in the fields of social science, education, communications, natural science, engineering, economics or policy, or a combination of these disciplines (as applied to the focus areas below). We encourage proposals that include meaningful public engagement, public participation, or collaboration with members of the communities where research is to take place. 

Proposals must address a specific research question or address clear, need-based objectives (e.g. in the case of informational transfer projects) rather than simply characterize a community or situation. 

Projects not eligible for funding under this call include those focused on monitoring-only activities, projects focused only on ocean waters, and projects on health effects involving human subjects. Research that addresses the link between environmental and human health as related to the focus areas below is acceptable (which may require IRB approval from the applicant’s campus). 

Eligibility Requirements

Only enrolled graduate students in good academic standing attending an accredited college or university (public or private) in North Carolina may apply. Students must have a faculty sponsor who will serve as the official awardee for the project. WRRI and NCSG are not able to contract directly with students. Post-doctoral fellows are not eligible for funding under this RFP. Undergraduate students may not apply directly for funding, but undergraduate participation in the proposed projects is encouraged.

Only one proposal per student is allowed. There is no limit to the number of students for whom a faculty member may serve as the sponsoring applicant.

Amount

$10,000

Funding Type

Fellowship
Grant

Eligibility

Grad/Prof Students

Category

Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

May 1, 2017