[Taxacom] SSB Mini-ARTS grant

Brady, Sean BRADYS at si.edu
Thu Feb 13 11:44:54 CST 2014

SSB Mini-ARTS grant

The Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB) 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. Please visit NSF’s website http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11037/nsf11037.jsp for more information about their ARTS program.
Requests for support may be in any amount up to $3,000. We will fund 1-3 of these awards this year. 

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 curriculum vitae; 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 Sean Brady, Chair of the SSB Awards Committee (bradys at si.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 ’mini-ARTS’. All documents, INCLUDING ALL SUPPORTING LETTERS, MUST be received by March 31, 2014 for consideration.

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


Sean Brady
Chair, Department of Entomology
Curator of Hymenoptera
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
bradys at si.edu

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