Research Exchange Program

Funding Agency:
Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigation

C-DEBI facilitates scientific coordination and collaborations by supporting student, postdoctoral, and faculty exchanges to build, educate and train the deep subseafloor biosphere community. We award small research exchange grants for Center participants. These grants may be used to support research, travel for presenting C-DEBI research at meetings, or travel exchanges to other partner institutions or institutions that have new tools and techniques that can be applied to C-DEBI research. We anticipate ~10 awards of $500-5000 with additional matched funds to be granted annually.

Research exchanges establish direct linkages among groups within individual institutions, which are intended to result in a well-connected community and the development of future deep subseafloor biosphere researchers and leaders. These exchanges allow a C-DEBI researcher (student/postdoctoral/faculty) to spend 1-6 months at a participating C-DEBI community host laboratory to carry out experiments, use analytical equipment, learn a new tool, and/or join a research cruise.

Financial support for exchanges through C-DEBI will be ~50% of the total cost. Matching funds for travel could come from a travel award from any program that supports student awards in this way (e.g., Geological Society of America, NASA Lewis and Clark fellowships), or by other means, such as matching support from the researcher’s institution or from a postdoctoral supervisor. Research exchange proposals to support travel to a lab to start a collaboration can support up to $500 in research costs, up to $3500 for domestic travel and up to $4500 for international travel, such that with the match, the total budget is limited to $8000 for a domestic exchange or $10,000 for an international exchange. Undergraduate students who have participated in CC-RISE or C4 are eligible to apply for a research exchange grant with funding provided as student stipends (e.g., up to $12.50/hour over an academic year) and the host lab responsible for matching research costs (lab costs, supplies, etc.).

C-DEBI welcomes proposals from applicants who would enhance diversity in C-DEBI and STEM fields.

This is a rolling call.

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Areas of Interest


Eligibility Requirements

This funding is only available to individuals sponsored in US institutions.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Post Doctoral Fellows
Women and minorities encouraged


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences