[Taxacom] Mini-ARTS awards competition from Society of Systematic Biologists

James Whitfield jwhitfie at life.illinois.edu
Sat Jan 28 16:48:31 CST 2012

SSB Mini-ARTS Grants

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:
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 (Chair,
Sydney Cameron) at ssb-apps at life.illinois.edu. 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

Please see the SSB website (http://systbio.org/?q=node/26) for any
updates or additional information about this award.

Application deadline is March 31, 2012

Rhiannon Peery <ssb-apps at life.illinois.edu>

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