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.  Additional funds in support of living expenses for visiting scholars may be available at the discretion of the RCA Board of Directors.  Grant funds may be used for stipends, travel, supplies, equipment, publication costs or secretarial support necessary to carry out research at the Field Station.  Proposals for the next round of funding will be due by  March 16, 2018.  Awards will be announced on or about April 16.  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 latest Call for Proposals (pdf) specifications.

Questions or comments, contact:

Dr. Michael L. Schummer
Department of Biological Sciences
SUNY Oswego
Oswego, NY  13126
(315) 312-6608

Important information for 2018 Small Grants proposals, received from campus-wide Research Committee  - January 2018 

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.

Five grants were awarded for 2017.  The projects supported are:

  • Development of a field guide for common birds of Rice Creek Field Station, Joanna Follett, SUNY Oswego
  • Effects of seasonality on the foraging patterns of the North American beaver, Castor canadensis, at Rice Creek Field Station, Imran Razik, SUNY Oswego
  • Field guide for local insects, Rocco Saya, SUNY Oswego
  • Measuring toxic effect of atrazine on fresh water mussels (Elliptio complanata), Poongodi Geetha-Loganathan, SUNY Oswego
  • Sex and immunity in Lithobates clamitans: Is Ranavirus a sexually transmitted pathogen or are females more susceptible to disease?, Sofia Windstam, Jennifer Olori, Nathan Mckean, Jason Lowery, SUNY Oswego