Smithsonian and Affiliated Researcher Funding Opportunities

2019 GGI Rolling Awards Program - OPEN

The GGI Rolling Awards Program is open year-round as funding permits and is geared towards smaller proposals. Areas of focus include but are not limited to: expeditionary field work, acquisition of new genomic collections, and sequencing of understudied or genomically “dark” taxa.

Requests for $10,000 or below are strongly preferred and will be evaluated by the GGI Director and GGI Working Group Chair. Requests for up to $30,000 will also be considered, but are subject to additional peer review and stricter scrutiny. Whenever possible, larger proposals should be submitted to the Peer-Review Awards Program.

For the full Call for Proposals, application materials, and other resources, please visit the GGI Resources page.


2019 GGI Peer-Review Awards Program - CLOSED

The GGI Peer-Review Awards Program seeks ambitious projects that make substantial contributions to the goals of GGI. This includes but is not limited to: expeditionary field work, acquisition of significant new genomic collections, testing new genomic protocols or pipelines, and innovative genomics research in the fields of phylogeny or comparative genomics.

Requests for up to $30,000 will be considered. Proposals will be evaluated by a committee composed of Smithsonian researchers appointed by GGI.  

The submission deadline for Peer-Review Award proposals was December 16, 2018. Please check back for additional funding opportunities.


2019 Smithsonian Institute DNA Barcode Network (SIBN) Awards Program - CLOSED

The SIBN Awards program provides funding for DNA barcoding projects that utilize existing SI collections (specimens are already accessioned or in the pipline for accession). The Proposal Review Committee will consider requests for up to $12,000. Budget requests are for consumables/reagents and SIBN does not provide funding for travel, new field collections, salaries, or stipends. SIBN can provide in-kind technical support for lab processing and sequence QC and analyses. SIBN supports all Smithsonian units and science initiatives (e.g. ForestGEO, MarineGEO). All SI staff, affiliated agency staff, resident research associates, and fellows (fellows' advisors required as co-PI's), who are pursuing science-related scholarship or seek to build and improve the DNA barcode reference library, are eligible to apply. Proposals will be evaluated by a committee composed of Smithsonian researchers appointed by SIBN. ***Please Note: The submission deadline for proposals in this awards cycle has been extended to February 15, 2019. ***

This awards cycle is now closed. Please check back for additional opportunities.


Institution Funding Opportunities

2019 GGBN-GGI Awards Program - OPEN

The GGBN-GGI Awards Program sponsored by the Global Genome Initiative provides funding in support of projects that promote the discoverability of new genetic collections through the Global Genome Biodiversity Network’s Data Portal (http://www.ggbn.org/ ). Any institution with non-human genetic resources, to include both current and prospective members, who are pursuing or have achieved GGBN core membership are eligible to apply. Institutions with successful proposals who have not yet joined GGBN must − as a minimum − become an associate GGBN Member by signing the GGBN MOU prior to the awarding of funds and become a core GGBN Member upon project completion. The submission deadline for proposals this year is 1 May 2019. The Proposal Review Committee will consider requests for up to $30,000 with clearly articulated budget justifications. All data must be made available online on the GGBN portal before 1 September 2020.

For more information about this awards program, visit the GGBN website at http://wiki.ggbn.org/ggbn/Global_Genome_Biodiversity_Network-Global_Genome_Initiative_Awards_Program.

Fellowship Opportunities

National Museum of Natural History GGI Buck Postdoctoral Fellowships - CLOSED

The Global Genome Initiative Buck Fellowships are two-year fellowships that contribute specifically to the goals of the Global Genome Initiative (GGI) at the National Museum of Natural History and include a 60% time commitment to biodiversity genomic research and 40% commitment to other GGI related activities.  The fellowships are aimed at increasing the capacity for biodiversity genomics at the National Museum of Natural History.

GGI Buck Fellowships are oriented toward contributing research on a topic relating to GGI’s overarching goal, “Preserving and Understanding Earth’s Genomic Biodiversity.” The program aims to leverage question-driven, peer-reviewed research on biodiversity, evolution and ecology in order to accelerate the acquisition, genetic identification, and genomic research on strategically chosen samples of the major lineages of Life. For more information on GGI activities and goals visit the GGI website at ggi.si.edu.

For additional information about the fellowship, visit https://www.smithsonianofi.com/blog/2018/02/02/global-genome-initiative-buck-postdoctoral-fellowship-program/.

The application deadline for this opportunity was November 1, 2018. Please check back for additional opportunities.

Internship Opportunities

2019 Summer GGI-Gardens Internship - CLOSED

Started by the Global Genome Initiative at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History and now hosted by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) in Fort Worth, TX, the Genome Initiative for Gardens (GGI-Gardens) program was founded to collect and preserve genome-quality tissue samples from at least one species belonging to each family, 50% of the genera, and all species of plants on Earth. The GGI-Gardens program is seeking applicants to its 14-week summer internship program (May-August 2019) in Fort Worth, TX to assist in program efforts to collect plant specimens and preserve genome-quality tissues from Texas flora, with an emphasis on the living collections in botanical gardens in Texas.

The selected, qualified applicant will be trained in the collection of genome-quality tissues from plants in the field and from greenhouses at botanical gardens in Texas. Interns will receive training for fieldwork and tissue collection using field techniques as well as liquid nitrogen handling. They will also be trained in database management and will have opportunities for basic molecular laboratory research and training.

The application deadline was March 1, 2019 and is this opportunity is now closed; please check back for additional opportunities.