The Watershed Research and Education Program (WREP) at NAU seeks to fund student research in all fields related to environmental biology and water resource management in the watersheds, riparian areas, streams and rivers of Northern Arizona.
- WREP provides intramural support for student research projects with a budget of $2,500 or less in collaboration with NAU's Hooper Sustainability Grant Program!
- Watershed-related projects with a greater scope and correspondingly larger budget (up to $20,000) can be funded through the collaborative WREP/SRP Directed Research Program (applicaton and details given below).
Call for Proposals:
2013-2014 WREP Directed Research Grant Program
Overview: The Watershed Research and Education Program (WREP) at NAU and the Salt River Project seek proposals from undergraduate or graduate students to support research in water policy, water management and environmental regulation of aquatic systems, with a particular emphasis on projects related to (1) the hydrology, ecology and biology of the Verde River system and (2) the social and economic values and opportunities provided by a healthy Verde River system and watershed. This year preference will be given to projects which build on the results of previously funded studies; research that advances our understanding of groundwater systems in the Verde Valley; and research involving the hydrology, efficiency, operations, and a better understanding of the irrigation needs of ditch owners.
Award Range: $4,000 to $20,000 ($20,000 maximum, including the institutional overhead). Since $20,000 is available for funding projects, WREP anticipates that awards in the range of $5,000 to $10,000 are more likely to be funded. Exceptional projects may be funded at a higher level.
Performance Period: All WREP Directed Research Awards will have a period of performance from May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014.
Application Due Date: All application components MUST be submitted as a MS-Word or PDF files using the online application on or before 5:00PM, Friday, March 29, 2013. Be sure to follow the guidelines outlined in this document and use the forms provided below.
Award Notification: Notification will be given on or before April 15, 2013.
Dissemination of results: Undergraduate awardees are asked to present at NAU's Celebration of Undergraduate Research in April of 2014. All award recipients are strongly encouraged to make presentations at public venues or professional meetings and should mention all such presentations in the required progress and final reports.
Project Reporting: Each grantee must submit a brief progress report (due after the first six months) and a Final Project Report and Statement of Expenditures within 30 days of the completion of the project (but no later than April 30, 2014). Templates for reports will be provided to awardees on the WREP website.
Application Guidelines: Single- or double-spacing may be used, but must be consistent throughout document. A standard font (Times New Roman, Arial, etc.), type size 12-point or larger, is required. Page margins may be no less than one inch on all sides. All application components MUST be submitted as a MS-Word or PDF files using the online application.
- Cover Page: Applicant must use the cover page form provided (available online).
- Project Description (3 page limit): a clear and concise description of the proposed project including: Purpose/background, description of how the activities will be carried out, and expected outcomes/ benefits (including how project outcomes relate to WREP's mission),
- Project timeline (with milestones).
- References, if applicable.
- Statement of Interest (limit 1 page): A brief description of the applicant's interests and past activities relating to the proposed project. Please include information that describes why the applicant is well suited to carry out the proposed activity and how the project relates to the applicant's career objectives.
- Project Budget with Justification: Submit a completed budget form.
- Faculty Mentor Recommendation: This supporting document must be submitted separately by your faculty mentor to email@example.com. Contact Paul Gremillion (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions regarding this opportunity.