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Grants-In-Aid of Graduate Research Program Request for Proposals
The Texas Sea Grant College Program’s Grants-In-Aid of Graduate Research Program aims to promote scientific excellence and achievement by providing small grants in support of their research to graduate students enrolled in one of three Texas A&M University (TAMU) institutions.
The grants are intended to provide financial assistance to graduate students currently enrolled in Master’s or Ph.D. programs at TAMU in College Station, TAMU at Galveston (TAMUG) or TAMU-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) whose marine- or coastal-related research in any field of study is relevant to Texas, though not necessarily based in Texas.
Grants are based on merit and, in part, on the financial needs of the applicant.
Both U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in graduate programs (Master’s or equivalent, or Ph.D.) at TAMU in College Station, TAMUG or TAMUCC.
Each proposal will be scored on the following criteria:
- Student’s academic and employment history (0-10 points)
- Intellectual merit of the proposal (0-30 points)
- Broader impacts of the proposed study (0-30 points)
- Student’s statement of career goals in 500 words or less (0-20 points)
- Reference letters (0-10 points)
Only one proposal will be accepted per applicant. The decision of the Texas Sea Grant Grants-In-Aid of Research Committee is final.
Grants range from $500-$2,000 (with an average award of $1,200) and are to be applied to expenses directly related to student’s thesis work, such as fieldwork, laboratory analysis, purchase of testing materials, etc. Funds are not to be used for travel to present at meetings or conferences, capital equipment, software, salaries, tuition, or room and board during the school year.
To apply for a grant, you will need to:
- Complete an online proposal.
- Provide two reference email addresses (including Project Supervisor or Department Chair) and arrange to send the letters directly to Dr. Mona Behl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Send your undergraduate and graduate transcripts (scanned official transcripts are acceptable). Please have your school send official transcripts via email to email@example.com. If your institution does not offer this service, please ensure it mails your official transcripts postmarked by April 4, 2014.
- March 10, 2014: Call for proposals released
- April 4, 2014: Proposals due to Texas Sea Grant by 5:00 PM Central Time
- May 23, 2014: Applicants notified
- June 2, 2014: Grant initiation
- May 31, 2015: Grant completion
Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM Central Time on April 4, 2014. The system will shut down automatically at 5:00 PM, and no proposals will be accepted after that time. No exceptions can be made.
Interested students should submit an online proposal that contains the following information in one single document in an electronic format (word or PDF):
1. proposal (1,200 words or less) that includes:
- a cover sheet indicating the title of the project, name, address, phone number, and email address of the investigator;
- an abstract of 100 words or less summarizing the project;
- the purpose, rationale, and significance of the project;
- procedures to be employed;
- specific amount requested, including a detailed budget; and
2. resume/CV (limit 2 pages); and
3. statement of career goals (500 words or less).
All proposals must be submitted via eSeaGrant by the deadline. eSeaGrant can be accessed at the following URL:
Instructions on how to register to use the system and how to navigate the system are available here.