Rice Creek Associates offers small grant support for field station research

Rice Creek Associates, a citizen support group for SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station, has called for applications for its 16th annual small grants program.

The deadline for proposals is March 15; awardees will be announced on or about April 15.

Applicants for the grants—which support research, education and public service projects—can be educators, scientists and students, but need not be affiliated with Rice Creek or SUNY Oswego. RCA welcomes applications from student-professor teams, high school science professors and members of the community.

Projects must be done at the field station, a biologically diverse, 400-acre tract off Thompson Road south of the main campus.

The association’s Small Grant Review Committee will consider proposals oriented toward basic and applied research in field biology, the natural sciences, earth sciences, education, social sciences and/or service projects.

The committee seeks research emphasizing the documentation of biodiversity and invasive species. Areas of special interest include projects proposing to enhance knowledge of current or past ecological processes, analysis of climate parameters, the history of Rice Creek land use and geographical information system analysis of habitat changes.

Most awards will be between $500 and $2,000, which is an increase over previous years’ maximum grant of $1,000.

Grant funds can be used for stipends, travel, supplies, equipment, publication costs or secretarial support. RCA encourages applicants to seek matching funds, including those for projects seeking support for the collection of pilot data that can lead to larger projects.

For more information and an application, visit http://www.oswego.edu/facultygrants.

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(Posted: Feb 17, 2011)