THE CORPORATION CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN MARINE SCIENCES – CEMarin
OPENS THE CALL No. 13 OF 2018
TO PROMOTE THE PREPARATION OF RESEARCH PROJECTS IN MARINE SCIENCES AND RELATED TOPICS
CEMarin is a mixed and non-profit Corporation, founded by Colombian institutions (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad de los Andes, Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Universidad del Valle, and Universidad de Antioquia) and by the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany,to performbasic and applied research in marine sciences, collectively solving problems that cannot be faced by isolated individuals or institutions.
This initiative that has been driven by the Colombian government, by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairsand by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD according to its German acronym) has making possible the scientific cooperation between researchers from the two countries and scientific training of young-doctoral level researchers. As part of activitiesto fulfill its mission CEMarin opens the Call No. 13of 2018,entitledSeed Grants.
The Seed Grant Programis intended to support CEMarin researchers in preparing a collaborative grant proposal in an emerging field of marine science. Among others, it aims at supporting national and international networking activities for establishing novel research questions, and at generating preliminary scientific data before the submission of a full grant proposal to a primary funding agency.The program is open to both early stage researchers supervised by CEMarin scientists as well as to senior researchers. The seed grants funds will be administered by CEMarin and will be paid directly to the researcher.
1) CALL OBJECTIVE:
The call supports groups of researchers from at least two CEMarin institutions in preparing a collaborative grant proposal addressing a novel research question in marine sciences.
2) ELIGIBILITY PROFILE:
Joint application of CEMarin researchers from at least two CEMarin institutions.
3) SEED GRANT AMOUNT:
A maximum of twelve million Colombian Pesos (COP 12.000.000) will be granted per proposal, to be executed within six months.
4) SPECIFIC CRITERIA FOR PROJECTS:
Some of the following criteria will be used to prioritize research projects for receiving seed grants funding:
- The project has to be carried out in partnership between CEMarin researchers from at least two CEMarin institutions and should involve interdisciplinary work. The project is of high scientific quality.
- Projects are expected to reach funding greater than US$ 50.000 per year.
- Seed money will not finance PhDstudents’ activities in finishing their current projects.
- Results that can solve a problem of fundamental importance or fill an information-gap in knowledge from the standpoint of marine sciences in the Caribbean or Pacific regions.
- Contain an outreach component with defined objectives and deliverables.
- Complements and enhances ongoing research by participating research institutions.
- The seed grant will generate a proposal to be submitted to a larger national or international funding agency (e.g., BID, USAID,GEF-7 or European Commission).
- The proposal fits at least one of the CEMarin interdisciplinary and interacting research lines.
- It is desirable to know in advance the funding source to apply.
5) STAGES OF THE SEED GRANT PROGRAM:
First stage. A CEMarin principal researcher requests the seed grant by submitting a short and concise research proposal, which is evaluated by CEMarin administrative staff and/or the Scientific Committee in an expedited process, according to the criteria outlined above. If two proposals compete by the same funding source, the Scientific Committeewill decide based on scientific merit which proposal will be granted. Conflict of Interest. Any member of CEMarin Scientific Committeewho desires involvement in any capacity with proposed or funded projects must inform to the Scientific Committeeand to CEMarin administrative staff to be excused during any deliberation or review leading to a vote related to the said proposal.
Second stage. Successful seed grants will commence funding in stage two, which has the objective of preparing an extensive proposal with the aim of being funded by a primary agency. Preparing the proposal for the second stage includes acquiring preliminary data, traveling, networking or performing meetings.
6) APPLICATION SCHEDULE:
The call willopen in 2018 and will run as long as funds remain.
The results of this call will regularly be published on the CEMarin website.
7) APPLICATION STEPS AND REQUIREMENTS:
a. The proposal must follow the format application attached at the end.
b.The proposal shall not exceed six (6) pages including the CV for principal researchers, budget, and references. Please use Times New Roman or Arial fonts with size 11, line spacing at single lines, and normal margins all around.
c.The application must be written in English.
d.Proposals that do not adhere to these requirements may be blocked from submission and review.
8) CONFIDENTIALITY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:
All applications will be treated as highly confidential. It is declared that none of the projects or part of it will be distributed, disclosed or replicated, nor will it be part of any other type of calls outside the current one.
9) COMMITMENTS AFTER RECEIVING THE SEED GRANT:
At the completion of the seed grant, the grantees must guarantee to submit the proposals to the funding source before the deadline.
The activities directed to build the proposal are defined independently by the grantees, though supervised administratively by CEMarin. The procedure for the execution of the grant will be defined by CEMarin according to the budget proposal approved.
For more information, please email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or callus at+57 1-3002715.
Check the terms of reference.
- Dr. Jaime Cantera (Universidad del Valle), Dr. Andrés Osorio (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), et al.
- Dr. Camilo García (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) & Dra. Mónica Puyana (Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano).
Last update: July 3th, 2019.
SEED GRANTS FORMAT APPLICATION
Funding source and closing date:
Duration of the project:
Total funding requested:
Investigators (add as many as you need)
Principal researcher name:
Researcher profile link (Google Scholar, ORCID or CvLAC):
Researcher profile link (Google Scholar, ORCID or CvLAC):
- Text limited to 600 words.
- The project summary contains the problem, challenge, and objectives your project is addressing or solving. Also, contains a theoretical background that situates a study in a body of research focusing a conceptual lens and synthesizing the current literature. Provide any relevant work done by investigators.
- It is expected to be a continuous text but structured (e.g., from general to specific, known to unknown or from problem to a solution). Within the text use word delimiters such as problem, purpose, background, justification, research gap, 5solution, methodology, originality, innovativeness, activities, goal, expected outcome or long-term effects.
- Itis recommended to answer the “Who cares?” questions. Why is this worth the attention of people? How does this impact the lives of real people? What difference will it make, and to whom?
- Objectives must be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-oriented.
- We suggest including money estimates if it is an economic issue.
- What is the benefit or potential benefit of a successful project.
- Text limited to 400 words.
- Descriptions of the procedures should correspond with each objective and should allow a reviewer to evaluate the methodology to be followed.
- The responsibilities and work assignments for each participating institution must be stated in the procedure for each objective.
- Describe the facilities available from each institution, the location of each facility and specific procedure(s) to be conducted at the location.
- If it is required, provide details of the research design of the project (quantitative, qualitative or mixed approaches) and their primary components (e.g., experimental units, replicates, sampling size, etc.).
- Text limited to 200 words.
- Expected results, predictions, deliverables or likely benefits from the project.
- Text limited to 200 words. Add a table if required.
- Must order chronologically the relevant activities of the research (implementation schedule, e.g., preparation, activity 1, activity 2).
- This template provides the general categories of expenses in the Seed Grant. Proposal authors can modify this template as needed
|Materials and supplies|
|Travel and accommodation|
|All other direct costs|
|Others (please define)|
|TOTAL SEED GRANT|