Simons Foundation Seeks LOIs for Marine Microbial Research Projects

The Simons Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for its Simons Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards.

Microbes inhabit and sustain all habitats on Earth. In the oceans, microbes capture solar energy, catalyze bio-geochemical transformations of important elements, produce and consume greenhouse gases, and provide the base of the food web. The purpose of the program is to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators who use quantitative approaches to advance understanding of marine microbial ecology and evolution. Investigators with backgrounds in different fields or with an interest in modeling or theory are encouraged to apply.

Grants of $180,000 per year will be awarded for a period of three years. Appropriate expenses include salary support for the investigator and postdoctoral and graduate research assistants, travel, equipment, supplies, and other research expenses.

To be eligible, applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree and have carried out research in an independent position (tenure-track or equivalent) for at least one year and no more than eight years (start date between November 2009 and November 2016). In addition, applicants must currently hold a tenure-track or tenured position, or equivalent, in a U.S. or Canadian institution.

Letters of Interest must be received no later than November 6. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by February 1, 2019.

For an overview, eligibility criteria, and application instructions and templates, see the Simons Foundation website.

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Deadline: December 01, 2018