The U.S. Department of State, the U.S. National Academies, and the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Science (IANAS) are pleased to announce a call for proposals for seed grants that are intended to support the continuation of research and collaboration under the IANAS Fellowship Program. The purpose of the IANAS seed grant program is to allow IANAS Fellows to enhance scientific collaboration with their U.S. counterparts, leverage research begun in the U.S., and strengthen research capacities at home. Grant funds must be used, as described below, to further the research conducted as part of the IANAS Fellowship.
The application period is now open.
Application deadline: 31 January 2013
You are eligible to apply for an IANAS Fellowship Seed Grant if you: 1) received an IANAS Fellowship award during the 2011-2012 program year, 2) completed your short-term research in the United States according to the terms of that award, and 3) submitted a final report.
Terms of the IANAS Fellowship
- Selected IANAS Fellows will receive a seed grant of up to $5000 that must be used to further research conducted as part of their IANAS Fellowship during the 2011-2012 program year. Use of grant funds may include, for example:
- Small equipment purchases or the purchase of research materials or supplies;
- Travel to domestic or international meetings to present the results of research conducted as part of the 2011-2012 IANAS Fellowship Program;
- Facilitation of exchanges such as hosting U.S. research staff at Fellows’ home institutions for specific technical training.
Note that seed grant funds may not be used to support Fellows’ travel back to the U.S. for another short-term visit.
- The Fellow’s home institution must agree to support the seed grant award by receiving and disbursing funds. In a letter of support, the home institution must state that it agrees to receive seed grant funds from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and will disburse the funds to the Fellow in a single payment or otherwise manage these funds on behalf of the Fellow without transaction fees or overhead.
- Fellows must submit a report on the status of the activities funded by the IANAS seed grant no later than June 15, 2013.
The Application Process
Before applying, you must:
- Confirm support from your home institution for a seed grant, if awarded.
- Confirm that you submitted a final report to the NRC upon the completion of your short-term visit to the United States during the 2011-2012 IANAS Fellowship program year.
A complete application, written in English only, consists of the following:
- IANAS Seed Grant Application Form (download here)
- Proposal; limited to 3 pages. Please address the following in your proposal:
a. Use of funds - Explain how you intend to use the seed grant funds, if awarded. Describe specific uses for equipment, supplies and materials, as they relate to your research collaboration as a Fellow. If funds will be used to attend a scientific meeting, provide an abstract of research that you will present and how that research is related to your collaboration as an IANAS Fellow. If a scientific exchange is proposed, describe the objectives of the exchange, the personnel involved, and the outcomes expected.
b. Describe how your proposed plan will help strengthen collaboration with U.S. counterparts.
c. Explain how the seed grant funds will help increase research capacity in your home country and leverage existing research outcomes from your recent IANAS Fellowship.
- Budget – Provide and itemized budget estimate listing costs for supplies and materials, equipment, travel, or other expenses proposed for this grant. Budget must not exceed $5000.
- Letter of support from your home institution confirming the institution’s willingness to accept the seed grant from the NAS and disburse the funds to you in a single payment or otherwise manage these funds on your behalf without transaction fees or overhead.
Applications should be sent via email to the Fellowships Office of the National Research Council (NRC) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the second page of the Application Form for more instructions on submitting your complete application.
The Selection Process
Applications submitted by the application deadline will be reviewed by the IANAS Oversight Committee, which will then select the awardees. A total of approximately 10 seed grants will be made. Grant funds will be dispersed by the end of February 2013.
Fellows will be required to submit a report on the status of the activities that are funded by the seed grant by June 15, 2013. The IANAS Status Report template can be downloaded here.