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Grants supporting the Orthoptera Species File



Grants supporting the Orthoptera Species File

The OSF grants committee received and evaluated fourteen proposals by applicants from fourteen countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Algeria, Tunisia, Pakistan, India, China, USA, Brazil, and Argentina). Ten proposals listed below have been funded. They have been selected based on the amount of data (images, specimen records, and sounds) expected to be added to the Orthoptera Species File. Also considered were the candidates’ expertise, if the proposal was related to a taxonomic research project, and the budget.

OSF grants funded for 2020

1.- Martina E. Pocco (Museo de La Plata, CCT La Plata CONICET-CEPAVE, Argentina) Title: Extension of the project “Illustrating Neotropical Acridoidea species with emphasis on Romaleinae in OSF”
2.- Baudewijn Odé, Roy Kleukers and Luc Willemse (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands) Title: Grasshopper sounds on Xeno-canto
3.- Dragan Chobanov, Ionuț Iorgu, Simeon Borisov, Georgi Hristov (Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Sofia, Bulgaria) Title: Orthoptera of the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian Basin II: a database of digital data in the Orthoptera Species File
4.- Slobodan Ivković & Horvat Laslo (Trier University, Germany; Elsbethen, Austria) Title: From lowland steppes to alpine grasslands II – Taxonomy, bioacoustics and distribution of Orthoptera in Serbia and Montenegro
5. Karmela Adžić, Maks Deranja, Amira Aqilah Muhammad (Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb) Title: Grasshoppers and Crickets of the Adriatic Islands
6.- Moussi Abdelhamid, Haithem Tlili (University of Biskra, Algeria;University of Cartage, Tunisi) Title: Photographic database of Western Asia Acridomorpha (Orthoptera, Caelifera) type specimens deposited at NHM London
7.- Brandon Woo (Cornell University;USA) Title: Katydid biodiversity and bioacoustics on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica
8.- Chandranshu Tiwari (University of Delhi, India) Title: Katydids of India: Documenting the acoustic diversity of katydids from North-East India.
9.- Marie-Pierre Chapius & A. Coeur d’Acier (CIRAD, INRA, CBGP, Montpellier, France) Title: Providing OSF with range maps, images of diagnostic characters and song records for the two cryptic species discovered within Calliptamus barbarus (Costa, 1836)
10.- Marcos Fianco (State University of Western Parana) Title: The Ensifera fauna from Guartela State Park, Parana State, Brazil.

Grant application guidelines:

The Orthopterists' Society in cooperation with the Illinois Natural History Survey provides funding for work in support of the Orthoptera Species File.  Members of the Orthopterists' Society are invited to apply.  Applications should be sent to María Marta Cigliano (cigliano@fcnym.unlp.edu.ar)..

Grants are available for a project as defined by the applicant. The project must involve benefit to the Orthoptera Species File. The usual benefit is the addition of images (photographs of the habitus and diagnostic details of type specimens, other reliably identified museum specimens, living individuals in natural habitats), sound recordings, and/or geo-referenced specimen records. Any proposal that solely focuses on fieldwork or other systematic research without direct benefits to OSF will not be considered. Projects may be proposed for periods of one to three years.

Funding availability for 2021 will be announced in October. All requested information must be submitted by November 15, 2020 to receive full consideration. The committee will complete its assessment and announce the results by December 10, 2020.

The proposals should include:

  1. Project description (not more than five pages):
    • Title
    • Significance (highlighting the new data that will be added to OSF, preferably to taxa currently lacking images, sound recordings, distribution records, etc.)
    • Objectives, methods and activities
    • Timetable
  2. If applicable, provide summary of the research project related to the proposal
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Budget (including justification of trips to museums, fieldwork, equipment, etc.)
  5. If applicable, provide letter of agreement/acknowledgement to work with the collection from the corresponding institution/curator including permission to add the images to OSF.

Proposals from graduate students should include a simple recommendation from their professor or advisor.

Preference will be given in relation to the amount of data added into OSF, i.e. the expected contribution to the considered taxa (dependent on already existing data). A detailed list of the species that are poorly illustrated in OSF and the data that is expected to be added as a result of the grant is highly recommended to be included in the proposal. Proposals involving images and sound recordings taken in the field will be funded depending on the "biogeographical value", i.e. surveys in undercollected areas will be preferred over similar activities in well-worked terrain. Preference will be also given to applicants who demonstrate knowledge of the taxa involved. The methods, e.g., techniques for capturing images, will be likewise considered in the evaluation. Also, priority will be given to applicants planning to document and photograph the types of Orthoptera species not yet documented by images in OSF, or who are planning to document the types from museums or other collections not easily accessible to researchers. Applications of curators for support of a qualified student to do this under his supervision will also be considered.

Important: A short financial and tasks report will be required from each grantee once the funding period is finished. The tasks report will be in a format suitable for publishing in Metaleptea.

If the candidate has received an OSF grant in a previous year, the tasks from the previous grant have to be finished and the report approved by the OSF Committee before applying for a new grant.


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