The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of the National
Speleological Society, Inc. (NSS) has established a program of small
grants to support cave-related research by students and their educators.
Many karst scientists and scholars who have made significant
contributions started as young cavers and developed a passion for cave
science. Today's young and curious cavers/scientists are the people who
will be future leaders in the field of cave and karst studies.
The Secondary and Post-Secondary Educator Grant is established for the
purpose of investing the future of karst science by supporting projects
initiated by and/or overseen by educators of secondary students and post
secondary undergraduates. Proposals submitted for consideration will be
reviewed by the Research Advisory Committee with input from the
The purpose of this grant is to make an investment in the
future of cave and karst science by supporting outstanding research
proposals submitted by educators of secondary and post-secondary
undergraduate students. The program is funded by money approved in the
yearly RAC operating budget
To Apply: Call For Proposals - A call for proposals is published annually in the October and November issues of the NSS News and the summer or fall issue
of the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, although the advertising
schedule is at the discretion of the program administrator.
Proposal Contents - Proposals must include: (1) a narrative of up to
four double-spaced pages describing the motivation for the study and
presenting a clear statement of the objectives and methodology to be
used (citing pertinent literature as appropriate); (2) a brief
discussion that includes the role of students in the project and a list
of planned products or outcomes:; (3) a detailed budget; (4) a brief
statement of up to 250 words on the experience and interests of the
applicant; and (5) one or more letters of recommendation from
individuals who are capable of evaluating the applicant.
More Information: Eligibility - Educators in U.S. secondary schools and educators that instruct undergraduates in U.S. post-secondary institutions. Complete
proposals must be submitted by the due date to be considered for grants.
Grant Amounts - Each year, ten percent of the amount available from the
Ralph W. Stone Research Fund, as defined in Board Act #19-138, will be
made available for these grants based on an annual review of research
proposals by a panel of karst scientists in a manner similar to that of
the NSS Small Grant program. More than one grant may be offered each
Awards Limit - There is a lifetime limit of two grants per applicant,
which may be either for separate projects, or continuation of a
previously-funded project, if justified by an additional proposal and
Project Scope - The scope of projects considered for funding is
conceptually similar to that of the Ralph W. Stone Award and Small Grant
Program, generally to include the study of cave and karst-related
phenomena from any scholarly perspective. Projects, however, must
involve students in central roles at each stage – the primary role of
the educator should be in the form of coordination and guidance.
Acceptance of proposals for review with respect to content area is at
the discretion of the program administrator, and the appropriateness of
projects may also form a basis for the opinions of reviewers.
Review Cycle - There is an annual proposal review cycle, the first
deadline of which is 01 February 1999. Proposals are reviewed by a panel
of at least three scientists or others familiar with the subjects, with
each reviewer evaluating all proposals submitted. Input from the NSS
Education Committee will be sought during the review process. Awards are
made by 15 April of each year with the expectation that funds will be
expended on programs during that NSS Fiscal Year.
Publicity - Print or electronic publicity of the program shall be
encouraged in a variety of outlets, including, but not limited to, the
NSS News, the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, the Society's web page,
or other NSS outlets.
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