NRS Research Grant Program
Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants
- A maximum of $38,000, with up to $3,000 per award, is available for Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants. Studies must be conducted on reserves in the Natural Reserve System. Applicants must be enrolled at a UC campus other than UCSF while conducting their research. In the case of summer research, enrollment during the preceding spring quarter/semester is acceptable.
- Joint submissions to multiple funding sources are encouraged and should be so noted in the proposal.
- Prior recipients of NRS student research grants are eligible for the 2015-16 competition. Please attach a brief progress report if such funding was received.
- Grants will be awarded on the basis of:
- the merits of the proposed research; and
- the feasibility of completing research as stated in the
Applicants must use the online application system
to get the application and instructions. The online system may also be used to monitor the status of an application during the review process. The application system is activated for the 2015-16 grant cycle. The deadline for submitting the application is 8:00 AM
on October 26, 2015
Applications should be accompanied by:
- a letter from the supervising faculty member indicating
his/her support of the proposed research, its merits for
funding by the NRS, and the ability of the student(s) to
conduct the research and meet established deadlines;
- a letter from the faculty or resident reserve manager
(as appropriate) authorizing use of the pertinent reserve
for the proposed research; and
- a copy of current curriculum vita for the student applicant(s)
(two pages maximum).
Campus NRS advisory committees will evaluate
and forward to the NRS Director, applications they consider
to be of particular excellence by mid-November.
The NRS Director, in consultation with a Universitywide
selection committee, will make final awards in mid-December.
Successful applicants must submit copies of
appropriate collecting permits, animal care committee approvals
and campus accounting information before awards will be disbursed.
Award funds may be carried forward past
June 30, 2015 upon approval of the NRS Director.
Awardees must submit a progress report to the
NRS Director, with copies to the campus coordinator and reserve
manager, by June 30, 2016. Applicants will be disqualified
from future NRS grant programs if they do not comply with this
The Systemwide Evaluation Committee shall use the following criteria
to evaluate Mathias proposals:
- Research Quality (10 pts). Evaluation
of research quality will be based on the importance of the problem,
originality, statement of research questions or hypothesis, sampling
design and analysis, preliminary data supporting the feasibility
of the proposed research, and likelihood of success.
- Reserve dependence (5 pts). Research
must take place on NRS reserve(s), or also the areas or regions
in which the reserve(s) is (are) located, and these may be used
more than the reserve(s) proper. Higher scores will be assigned
for research that takes advantage of special reserve conditions,
such as history of related research, occurrence of unique/ special
conditions or resources, need for protection of experimental treatments,
and so forth.
Primary proposal score will be the sum of criteria (1) and (2).
The following criteria will not be assigned numerical scores, but
will be taken into consideration when comparing similarly ranked proposals.
- Stage of student's career. Preference will be given to students
early in their career.
- Other funding. Preference will be given to projects lacking
- Relationship to dissertation research. Preference will be given
to proposals for research that is directly related to the student's
masters or dissertation research.
- Underrepresented disciplines. Preference will be given to disciplines
that do not normally take advantage of NRS sites and resources.
- Reserve research priorities. Preference will be given to research
that directly addresses an area that has clearly been identified
as a research priority for an NRS site.
At the systemwide level, an attempt will be made to balance funding
among campuses and reserve sites, consistent with the goal of supporting
the highest quality research proposals.