Grant program announced for graduate students

A small grants program has been announced for URI graduate students working on ocean and estuarine science and policy projects.

The program is called The Nature Conservancy Global Marine Initiative and is aimed at graduate students doing scholarly research in collaboration with URI faculty.

Applicants may request two years of funding (a maximum of $12,000 per year), however approval for a second year is contingent upon progress and funding availability.

Proposals should describe the development of tangible products (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles, outreach materials such as white papers, popular articles, symposia or conference proceedings) that serve to advance the state of knowledge in one of the following topics of particular importance to The Nature Conservancy.  This year’s solicitation will focus on the following topics:

  • Restoration and conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems and the ecosystem services they provide.
  • Integrated ocean planning and management to meet multiple societal objectives.
  • Quantitative assessment and/or analysis of management and policy strategies to achieve effective restoration and conservation of marine ecosystems.

Research proposals can cover any biogeographic extent, from local to global systems.  Of particular interest are proposals that will provide the TNC insights into effective methods for advancing the conservation and restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems in geographies where TNC works, including RI and southern New England.

For more information, visit www.ci.uri.edu/projects/tncmarine.