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 *April 29, 2019.  Awards will be announced on or about May 15.  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. Note: new Call for Proposal is updated annually, generally in January.

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*2019 deadline extension

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.

Three 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