Smithsonian Institution- National Museum of Natural History
Request for Proposals for Research
Based on Collections of Polar Marine Invertebrates
Collections- Based Research Awards:
Max. award $10,000 (US)*4 equal payments upon completion of milestones.
12-24 month period.
This award is intended to fund original basic research into the
systematics, evolution, and biogeography of polar organisms. Priority will
be given to research projects that draw heavily on NMNH collections and are
applicable to our understanding of the systematics of the invertebrate fauna
collected in the current Palmer Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER)
Expected results: a publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
The publication of species descriptions and taxonomic keys or other
identification tools is encouraged.
Collection Improvement Awards:
Max. award $5,000 (US)*3 equal payments upon completion of milestones.
6-12 month period.
This award is intended to improve the curation level of the polar
collections, and thus the accessibility of the specimens and/or specimen
data. This includes technical or specialized sorting and identification,
taxonomic standardization, data enhancement, collection culling, etc.
Proposals for NMNH site visits to advise museum staff about culling and
disposal of USAP plankton samples are encouraged.
Expected results: a fully identified and curated collection, or a
completed data enhancement project.
Max. award $500 (US)
This award is intended to defray costs associated with the publication
of collection based Antarctic research (i.e. page charges, illustration
expenses, typing expenses).
Submit 8 copies of the proposal to:
USAP Project Coordinator
Department of Invertebrate Zoology
National Museum of Natural History
Washington, DC 20560-0163
Proposal Deadline: February 1, 2000
Award Notification: by June 1, 2000
Total Funding: $30,000 (3-5 proposals)
For complete announcement:
For complete announcement, available taxa list, or other information,
contact the USAP Project Coordinator at moser.william at nmnh.si.edu or the
Collections Manager at bright.cheryl at nmnh.si.edu