[Taxacom] Society of Systematic Biologists Mini-Arts Award Competition

James Whitfield jwhitfie at life.illinois.edu
Tue Feb 28 13:23:29 CST 2012

SSB: Mini-ARTS Grant

The Society of Systematic Biologists is pleased to announce the
availability of awards for  revisionary taxonomy and systematics, modeled
after the NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Advancing Revisionary Taxonomy and
Systematics (ARTS) recently developed within the Systematics and
Biodiversity Science Cluster. We are calling these 'mini-ARTS' grants.
These awards are designed to allow SSB members (students, post-docs, and
faculty) to spend a summer or semester apprenticed to an expert in a
particular taxonomic group or to enhance revisionary taxonomic and
systematics research in novel ways. Goals of this award program are to
address constraints on our knowledge of undescribed biodiversity, assist
in passing on taxonomic expertise before it is lost, increase the number
of students with broad training in organismal biology and systematics, and
support projects in biodiversity and taxonomy informatics as well as
monographic and revisionary taxonomy.  Activities can include a trip to
the taxonomist's laboratory, pay for the taxonomist to visit the
applicant's laboratory for a period of time, or pay for costs of computer
time or development of interactive keys for electronic dissemination of
systematics results. Requests for support may be in any amount up to
$3,000. We will fund two or three of these awards this year.

Please visit NSF's website
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11037/nsf11037.jsp for more information
about their ARTS program.

How to apply (deadline March 31, 2012)
A complete application includes 1) a brief description of the project,
including a separate section justifying the importance of the taxon and
the revisionary work, 2) an itemized budget, 3) the applicant's CV, and 4)
a letter of support from the taxonomic expert or collaborator. If the
applicant is a student or post-doc, please also include a reference letter
from the advisor. Applicants may be from any country, but must be members
of SSB, and are advised to join the Society as soon as possible to
facilitate their applications (to join go to:
http://systbio.org/?q=node/6). The narrative part of the application
should be no more than two pages, including the budget, but not including
the curriculum vitae and letter(s).

Grant applications should be sent to the SSB Awards Committee
(ssb-apps at life.illinois.edu), Committee Chair Sydney Cameron.  E-mail
submissions are required, and applicants should use pdf format for all
documents. In the subject line of the email, please indicate the SSB award
category as 'mini-ARTS'.

Please see the SSB website (http://systbio.org/?q=node/26) for any updates
or additional information about this award. Questions via email may be
addressed to Rhiannon Peery (ssb-apps at life.illinois.edu).


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