Small grants program

In 1996, Rice Creek Associates, established a program of small grants in support of research at Rice Creek Field Station. Most awards will be between $500 and $3,000. Grant funds may be used for supplies, equipment, publication costs or secretarial support, stipends, and travel. Additional funds may be available at the discretion of the RCA Board of Directors. No indirect costs will be considered. No more than 5% of the awarded funds should be spent outside its original proposed intent.  Proposals for the next round of funding will be due by April 20, 2020.  Awards will be announced on or about May 20.  Work can focus on any subject area appropriate to the facilities and resources available at Rice Creek.  Researchers do not have to be members of the SUNY Oswego faculty or staff.

For further information, see the last Call for Proposals (pdf) specifications, for year 2020.

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Before monies can be released for any awarded grants involving the study of vertebrates, a protocol detailing the research methods and care for all vertebrates involved with the grant’s proposal must be approved by the SUNY Oswego Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Failure to obtain IACUC approval for this work will result in a delay in transfer of funds to your departmental account and execution of your project. 

The  IACUC webpage is now available. On this site, applicants for the Rice Creek Field Station Small Grants program can find the resources, training instructions and the new protocol submission form. 

You are strongly encouraged to submit a protocol for approval to IACUC prior to submitting your grant application, as it can take up to one month for IACUC to convene and reach a decision on protocols submitted for review. For more information on how to prepare and submit an IACUC protocol, please contact Marcus Durso, Research Committee Coordinator (315) 312-2885;

Each fall students, faculty and community members share their Small Grants supported research during an afternoon of presentations at Rice Creek.

Seven (7) grants were awarded for 2019.  The projects supported are:

  • Understanding compositions and origins of the Glacial Sediments at the Rice Creek Field Station, Dr. Nick DiFrancesco and Dr. Justin Stroup, Dept. of Atmospheric and Geological Sciences, SUNY Oswego
  • Zoonotic parasites carried by domestic dogs infecting wildlife at Rice Creek Field Station, Jordyn Dala, Student - Dept. of Biological Sciences, SUNY Oswego
  • Establishing an environmental DNA sampling program for the Rice Creek Watershed: A model system to train students how to apply molecular sampling techniques, Dr. Nicolas Sard, Dept. of Biological Sciences, SUNY Oswego
  • A comparative study of eggshells of Passeriformes birds,Dr. Poongodi Geetha-Loganathan, Dept. of Biological Sciences, SUNY Oswego
  • Examining how variation in habitat characteristics and human disturbance affect nest box use, breeding success, and behavior of three bird species: Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis), Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor), and House Wren (Troglodytes aedon), Dr. Daniel Baldassarre, Dept. of Biological Sciences, SUNY Oswego
  • Characterization of The Microbiota of Freshwater Snails and Assessment of its Association with Infection by Trematode Parasites, Rebecca Wolff, Student - Dept. of Biological Sciences, SUNY Oswego
  • Examining how urbanization affects breeding success, behavior, and physiology in the Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis),Dr. Daniel Baldassarre, Dept. of Biological Sciences, SUNY Oswego

Three (3) grants were awarded for 2018.  The projects supported are:

  • Effects of temperature and day length on daily movements and home range of the Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans), Kervans Lerouge and Maria Sagot, SUNY Oswego

  • Effects of ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE) on the Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa cardui) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae), Joseph McCarthy  SUNY Oswego

  • Establishing the Rice Creek hydrological monitoring array, Justin Stroup, SUNY Oswego