2020 Seed Grants
Alaska NSF EPSCoR will competitively award a series of seed grants to University of Alaska faculty, staff, and students. Faculty and students who have not previously received EPSCoR funding are encouraged to apply. Grant applications are still being accepted in two categories:
- Faculty Research Seed Grants of up to $20,000 each will be awarded to early- and mid-career, full-time faculty members of the University of Alaska to carry out proposals for new and innovative research projects that support the goals of the Alaska NSF EPSCoR “Fire and Ice” research project. For more information see the Faculty Research Seed Grant Solicitation. Click here to apply.
- Student Research Seed Grants of up to $4,000 each will be awarded to graduate or undergraduate students at the University of Alaska to carry out proposals for new and innovative research projects that support the goals of the Alaska NSF EPSCoR “Fire and Ice” research project. For more information see the Student Research Seed Grant Solicitation. Click here to apply.
Projects should address themes relevant to the “Fire and Ice” project, which consists of two research components: a Boreal Fires team studying climate-driven changes to fire regimes in the boreal forest, and a Coastal Margins team studying the impacts of climate-driven changes to nearshore ecosystems and organisms in the Gulf of Alaska. Research Seed Grant applicants will need to identify the component with which their proposed project best aligns. Applicants are strongly encouraged to speak with the appropriate component leads (Boreal Fires: Uma Bhatt or Todd Brinkman; Coastal Margins: Anne Beaudreau or Brenda Konar) to ensure that their proposed research fits within team goals. Research projects that strive to increase diversity in STEM engagement will be given priority over other, equally ranked proposals. Click here for full criteria for all three grants.
The deadline for submission of Research Grant proposals is midnight AKDT October 21, 2019. We plan to award up to 4 Faculty Research and 5 Student Research grants, with an expected award period of January 1 – September 30, 2020. Awards will be announced by November 27, 2019.
For more information, please contact Faye Gallant at firstname.lastname@example.org or (907) 474-6288.
Travel Award Recipients
23 faculty, staff and students from across the University of Alaska received Alaska NSF EPSCoR travel awards in 2019. The funds will enable the below individuals to present at conferences, or travel to collaborate on their research:
- UAF graduate students Rebecca Cates and Lia Domke will travel to the NCEAS Reproducible Research Techniques for Synthesis workshop in Santa Barbara, Calif. in November to learn about current data science techniques, with an emphasis on “R” software.
- UAF graduate student Jonathan Chriest will attend the American Meteorological Society’s Fire and Forest Meteorology Symposium in Palm Springs, California in May to present his research on “Convective precipitation as a proxy for lightning across Alaska.”
- UAF staff Patrick Church will attend the NCURA Conference in Washington, D.C. in August to expand his knowledge of post-award grant management.
- UAF graduate student Gail Dabaluz will attend the Association of American Indian Affairs Repatriation Conference in Fort McDowell, Ariz. In November to present research into the legal definition of the Native American Graves Protection Repatriation Act and its applicability to Alaska’s Tlingit and Haida tribes.
- UAF graduate student Emilia Grzesi will attend the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December in San Francisco to present her research into the impacts of an intensified fire regime on Interior Alaska’s black spruce-dominated landscape.
- UAA Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve staff Chris Guo will travel to Juneau in October to receive training from the UAF Coastal Fisheries Ecology Lab in data collection and sample processing of juvenile salmonid diets.
- UAF graduate student Luke Henslee will attend the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society meeting in Fairbanks in March to present his research into nearshore migration trends of salmon stocks in Norton Sound.
- UAF graduate student Julia Hnilicka will travel to multiple rural Alaska communities as part of a project to create a school curriculum based around PurpleAir air quality sensors.
- UAS faculty member Eran Hood will attend the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December in San Francisco to present data on physical and chemical properties of coastal rivers in Southeast Alaska.
- UAA faculty Britteny Howell will attend the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in Austin, Tex. in November to present findings on the impact of climate change to vulnerable older adults in Anchorage.
- UAA graduate student Jordan Jenckes will attend the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December in San Francisco to present his research on the impacts of freshwater and nutrients to the intertidal zone in the Gulf of Alaska.
- UAA faculty Eric Klein will attend the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December in San Francisco to present his research into how discharge across a gradient of glacially fed rivers varies as a function of climatic variables.
- UAF graduate student Nina Lundstrom will attend the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage in January and the Western Groundfish Conference in Juneau in April-May to share her research into the impacts of glacial meltwater on nearshore fish communities in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska.
- UAF graduate student Katie McCabe will attend the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage in January to present findings on the impact of glacial melt on estuarine ecosystems.
- UAF graduate student Margaret Rudolf will travel to Utqiagvik in January to serve as a participant-observer on a sea ice-related climate change adaptation project.
- UAF faculty Madhumita Sahoo will attend the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December in San Francisco to present research into modeling of soil nutrient movement in a warming climate.
- UAA faculty Jennifer Schmidt will attend the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December in San Francisco to present her research on assessing the effects of firebreaks on ecosystem services and wildfire risk.
- UAF graduate student Chris Smith will attend the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium in Waikoloa, Hawaii in July to present his research into using hyperspectral imagery and scale-up methods to produce more accurate fire fuel maps.
- UAA undergraduate Jeffrey Wagner will attend the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Course in Front Royal, Virginia in June to study camera trapping study design and data analysis.
- UAF graduate student Marina Washburn will attend the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage in January to present her research into the effects of ocean acidification on the Pacific razor clam.
- UAF undergraduate Emily Williamson will travel to Juneau twice in early 2020 to collaborate with a PhD student on a project to use homesteader journals as a source of historic streamflow data.
- UAF graduate student Jiake Zhou will travel to Fort Collins, Colo. and Jackson, Wyo. In October to meet with experts in agent-based modeling to strengthen his research into shrub expansion in the Arctic.
Here are the full judging criteria for all three lines of grant funding.