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Grants supporting the Orthoptera Species File


The Orthopterists' Society in cooperation with the Illinois Natural History Survey has provided 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.

Grants are available for a project as defined by the applicant. The project must involve benefit to the Orthoptera Species File or to a Species File for another group within Polyneoptera. The usual benefit is the addition of images (photographs of the habitus and diagnostic details of type specimens, other reliably identified museum specimens, and/or living individuals), sound recordings, and/or geo-referenced specimen records. Any proposal that solely focuses on field work 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 2018 will be will be US$30,000. All requested information must be submitted by November 30, 2017 to receive full consideration. The committee will complete its assessment and announce the results by January 10, 2018.

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, field work, equipment, etc.)
  5. If applicable, provide letter of agreement/acknowledgement to work with the collection from the corresponding institution/curator's collection

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. as the expected contribution to the considered taxa (dependent on already existing data). Preference will be also given to applicants who develop a proposal that is related somehow to a taxonomic research project, and demonstrate knowledge of the taxa involved. The methods, e.g., techniques for capturing images, will be likewise 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.


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