HHMI Student Research Grant Program Competition
Letter of Intent - September 19, 2014 by 11:59 p.m. EST
Faculty Support Letter & Proposal - October 3, 2014 by 11:59 p.m. EST
October 1, 2014 – May 8, 2015 or May 23 - July 29, 2015
Students in good standing and in their (rising) junior or senior year at Spelman are eligible to apply. Graduated students cannot apply for summer support.
SMART Scholars and RAP Trainees along with other motivated STEM majors, are encouraged to develop and submit original research grants for funding through a competitive process. This is a novel approach to promote students who show the initiative to advance their innovative ideas. Any student interested in applying will have to: (1) attend a grant writing workshop offered by the HHMI Program at the start of the school year; (2) submit a “letter of intent” briefly outlining their research at that time; (3) submit a letter of support from a faculty research mentor willing to work with the student; and (4) submit a proposal following published guidelines. Funding can cover either an academic year or 10 weeks during the summer.
One student PI or two co-PIs can submit a grant with a maximum budget of $8,000 (with a minimum of two proposals being awarded each year.) A faculty research mentor can serve as a “consultant” on the proposed project but the research must be student-generated and not merely a reiteration of a current faculty project. Students can request funds for: stipends, consultant fees, research supplies, travel, and publication costs.
Grants will be reviewed by the HHMI Internal Advisory Board, with awards being granted no later than October 1
of a given year. Outcomes of this program include: (a) providing incentives for students to model and meet, early in their careers, the requirements for succeeding in the competition for funds by clearly defining a problem, a project, and a realistic budget; (b) furthering student professional progress by providing funds for research publications, presentations, and professional networking; and (c) increasing student competitiveness for graduate school.