Museum of Comparative Zoology Putnam Expedition Grant Application Description




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Museum of Comparative Zoology

Putnam Expedition Grant Application

Description:

The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University periodically awards travel grants that support collection of specimens and data relating to the study of comparative zoology, which are known as Putnam Expedition Grants. Preference is given to requests in two categories:




  1. Collecting living specimens in regions where habitats are threatened, or

  2. Collecting fossil specimens in regions most likely to hold important clues for unraveling evolutionary strategies.

Support is provided solely to defray costs of travel and related subsistence expenses incurred in pursuit of these objectives.


ALL SPECIMENS COLLECTED DURING A PUTNAM EXPEDITION SHALL BE DEPOSITED IN THE PERMANENT COLLECTIONS OF THE MCZ.
Eligibility:

Eligibility for Putnam Expedition Grants is restricted to current faculty, post-docs and students in the MCZ. Applicants may apply as individuals or as leaders of expedition teams. Research by Harvard undergraduates is eligible for support, but such work should be conducted under the direct supervision of an MCZ faculty-curator, who submits the proposal as principal investigator. Higher priority for funding may be given to applicants who have not previously received a Putnam Grant and, for postdocs, whose projects relate directly to the research expertise and interests of their faculty sponsor.


Deadlines:

Proposals are reviewed twice a year. Application deadlines are 1 October (fall semester) and 11 March (spring semester). Each grantee must provide a final report (1–2 pages) that summarizes scientific accomplishments derived from the award within six months of travel completion. Reports for prior awards must be received before new applications from the same individual will be considered.

Applications should be submitted via email to grants@oeb.harvard.edu. All materials, including letters of support must be received by the application deadline.

Questions:

Please direct all inquiries to Melissa Aja in OEB Administration via email or call 617.495.2460.

 


APPLICANT INFORMATION


Name (last, first, MI)




Current Academic Position




MCZ Department/Faculty advisor

(students and postdocs only)




Email address




Permanent (legal) address


Phone




Citizenship






PROPOSAL INFORMATION


Project Title




Faculty Sponsor



Total Funds Requested



Date of Submission




Previous Putnam Funds

(year and award amount)







GRADUATE STUDENT APPLICANTS ONLY:
Please check the following boxes, as appropriate

 I have completed my doctoral qualifying exam.



Higher priority may be given to applicants who have passed their qualifying exam
DATE:

 I have applied, or plan to apply, for extramural support for research-related travel included in this proposal.

DESCRIBE THIS SUPPORT:
 I expect to apply for additional Putnam support beyond the current proposal.

APPROXIMATELY HOW MUCH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT DO YOU EXPECT TO

REQUEST:


Application Checklist:

 PROJECT DESCRIPTION

 BUDGET

 CURRICULUM VITAE

 ADVISOR RECOMMENDATION (required for student and postdoctoral fellow applicants)
The letter of recommendation should evaluate 1) the merits of your travel request vis-à-vis your dissertation (grad students) or faculty-sponsored (postdocs) research 3) information regarding your field assistant(s), if applicable, and 2) the likelihood of additional Putnam grant applications in support of this research beyond the current proposal. This letter should be submitted separately from the main application by the appropriate deadline.
_____________________________________________________

Applicant Signature


_____________________________________________________

Date


PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Provide a clear and concise scientific justification for the proposed travel.  State the project’s specific goals in relation to the intent of the Putnam Expedition Grant program, including objective, expected activities and results, and describe your anticipated travel itinerary. Proposals should include how permits and legal compliance issues will be met. Proposals should be double spaced in a readable font (11 point or larger) and should not exceed 3 pages in length, including bibliography.  Margins should be at least 1 inch. Please number each page.

BUDGET
Please provide a detailed budget including cost of travel, lodging and meals. Do not request expenses related to shipping specimens. If requesting support for a field assistant, please identify this person by name. Use Harvard-affiliated individuals whenever possible.
BUDGET:

Total expenses requested:$__________________


Please describe sources of additional support, if applicable:
CURRICULUM VITAE
Please include a 1–2 page CV with recent publications.




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