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Background and Purpose
- The Arizona Native Plant Society (AZNPS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote knowledge, appreciation, conservation, and restoration of Arizona’s native plants and their habitats.
- The Tucson Chapter of the AZNPS maintains a research grant program through a generous bequest from long-time member Ginny Saylor.
- The purpose of this research grant is to support the costs of active research in the biology of native plants of Arizona and northwestern Mexico. Such research should enhance public understanding of native plants.
- Researchers from all levels of expertise are encouraged to participate (individuals, teachers on behalf of school children, undergraduates, graduate students, and professional researchers).
- Members of the AZNPS are encouraged to participate, but membership in AZNPS is not required for an individual to submit a proposal.
- One or more grants may be made each year. The total available for all grants is $2,000. The deadline for submission of grant proposals is November 10, 2019.
Criteria and Restrictions
- This grant is for research on native plants, not exotic species or the relationship of exotic species to native plants.
- The geographic area considered in the proposal must be within the State of Arizona or within northwestern Mexico.
- This grant award may be used to fund the entire cost of the proposal or to supplement the cost of a project receiving other funding. However, supplanting existing funding with this grant is not allowed.
- Funds are for research only and may not be used to attend conferences or symposia.
- Proposals requesting project funding for institutions, corporations or government agencies will not be considered.
Post Award Requirements
- Support by the AZNPS Ginny Saylor Research Grant should be acknowledged in any resulting papers, reports, and/or presentations. Example: Support provided in part by funding from the Arizona Native Plant Society Ginny Saylor Research Grant Program.
- The grant recipient will be expected to make either a presentation on the results of their research project to the Tucson Chapter at one of its monthly meetings, or to provide a short article for the AZNPS Plant Press, or make other arrangements for sharing their work with AZNPS.
The AZNPS Grant Review Committee will evaluate each proposal based on its compliance with the grant program purposes and eligibility criteria described above.
Complete proposals must be received by AZNPS-Tucson Chapter by 12:00am MST, Monday, November 18, 2019. Late proposals will not be considered. Submit proposals electronically (in Microsoft Word or PDF formats only) to AZNPS Grants Program Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line should include “2019 Research Grants.”
NOTE – Application Package Requirements:
- Cover Letter: Provide a one-page cover letter that gives an abbreviated description of the project, and states the amount requested.
- Proposal Narrative: Submit a proposal narrative, not exceeding 1,500 words, with 1-inch margins, at-least 10-point font, and single line spacing. The narrative must include the following:
- Contact information: Name, Institution (if applicable), Mailing Address, Email Address, Phone Number
- Description of the research proposal including: title, discussion of the issue/need for the research, description of the applicant’s relevant experience in addressing the issue or need
description of the research methods/protocols to be used, project goals and measures for assessing effectiveness
- Benefits expected from the research
- Proposed use of requested funds: note itemized use of requested funds, planned expenses from other sources of committed and anticipated revenue, if applicable, and plans for generating other revenue; identify targeted private and public-sector sources, if applicable
- Project timeline
- Targeted audience and geographic area to be served by this research project
- Anticipated publications or other plans to disseminate research findings
- Significance: Does the project address an important problem relevant to Arizona native plants? Will the project advance knowledge and practice in its discipline?
- Appropriateness of budget: Is there clear justification and rationale for the expenditure of the award monies? Can the proposed work be accomplished with the funds requested or is there evidence that additional expenses will be covered by other sources of funding?
- Research approach: The conceptual framework, design, methods, and planned analyses must be logical, sound, and appropriate.
- Audience: The proposal should be clear, understandable, and communicable to a wide audience and have implications for all members of AZNPS , including academics, professionals, and private citizens.
- Is the time frame realistic?
Proposal Attachments: Resume of principal investigator, Letter of support, Letter(s) of agreement, if collaborating with another