General Information on Research Awards at the MBL
The Marine Biological Laboratory is pleased to announce the availability of its Research Awards for support of visiting researchers in the Whitman Center for visiting research for calendar 2013. The awards, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000,typically cover laboratory rental and/or housing costs. Recipients must provide their own matchingfunds to cover other costs such as supplies, animal costs, shared resource usage such as central microscopy, travel and other associated costs, and anycosts of affiliated staff such as postdoctoral associates or graduate students who may accompany the awardee.
Each year, the MBL Research Awards Program supports approximately 20 to 30 scientists from institutions across the globe. Awardees typically come to the MBL for 8 to 10 weeksin the summer to conduct independent and/or collaborative research. However, Research Awards can also be used to cover the costs of sabbatical leave research at the MBL at any time including during the traditional academic year.
MBL’s reputation for fostering a highly collaborative and stimulating research environment is well known. Whitman investigators enjoy access to state-of-the-art instrumentation, innovative imaging and DNA sequencing technology, availability of model freshwater and marine organisms, modern laboratory facilities, and interaction with other researchers in the Whitman Center as well as scientists in our internationally recognized advanced courses and year-round research programs.
MBL Research Awards are used to support projects in diverse fields of biology such as cellular physiology, molecular biology, regenerative biology, ecology, neurobiology, and evolution. Scientists at all levels of their career may apply, with particular emphasis given to assistant and associateprofessor level investigators and those new to the MBL. However, there are also several specific awards for semi-independent postdoctoral level scientists as well as senior investigators. Investigators who propose collaborative and multi-disciplinary projects, and those projects that synergize with existing research and training programs are also favored. We also strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented minorities.
Proposals can be for a single visit or for a multi-year project, and for a single investigator or for a team of collaborators (either coming here together within the framework of the project, or with those already associated with the MBL in other capacities and independently funded). These elements should be clearly identified and described in the proposal. Funding for a multi-year proposal will require an annual application and is not guaranteed, but will be strongly favored if sufficient progress has been made. A proposal for a project that is embedded in the laboratory of one of the MBL’s year-round investigatorswill require a letter of confirmation from the hosting investigator and from the director of the host Center or Program. Likewise, a proposal for a project that is embedded within one of the advanced courses will require a letter of confirmation and commitment of space from the hosting course’s directors. Projects that take advantage of and which are embedded within other programs are strongly encouraged.
The applications are due by December 15 but proposals for embedding within a course should be discussed early in the fall with the relevant course directors for the purposes of their own planning and scheduling. All proposals are reviewed by the MBL’s Research Awards committee, which consists of MBL scientistsfrom the year-round and visiting research programs as well as additional ad hoc reviews when necessary from other experts in the field.The Committee’s charge is to evaluate applications first and foremost based on scientific merit, using NIH-style peer review and scoring. Other criteria include appropriate fit within the MBL, collaborative opportunities, and synergy with current initiatives, as well as opportunities to attract new investigators and new and innovative areas of research to the MBL community. Awarding of applications is based on overall ranking and availability of funding, as well as matching to specific award categories. Typically one-third of the reviewed applications have been funded in recent years.
Apply for a Research Award.
Proposals for Research award support will be considered in, but are not limited to, the following fields of investigation:
- Cell Biology
- Developmental Biology
- Tissue Engineering
The following programs are intended to support lab rental and housing costs at the MBL. Unless otherwise stated, applicants should use the Whitman Investigator Application. Application Deadline: December 15 unless otherwise stated.
To request additional information, please contact the Chief Academic and Scientific Office; (508) 289-7173; CASOoffice@mbl.edu.
Junior Research Awards:
Albert and Ellen Grass Faculty Grant
The intent of the program is to promote innovative research collaborations, ideally between investigators from different institutions. Preference will be given to junior investigators, and they are a required member of any team seeking this fellowship support.
Stephen W. Kuffler Fellowship Fund
Established in memory of Stephen Kuffler, who initiated the MBL Neurobiology Course, this fund is intended to encourage the career development of promising young investigators by helping to support them in the intense intellectual atmosphere of the MBL for the summer. It covers part of the costs of laboratory rental, housing, and other personal expenses.
A summer fellowship at the MBL is available to a young investigator doing research in an area of biology in which she or he can make extensive use of advanced microscopy or micro-manipulation systems provided by Nikon, Inc. for their laboratory and also benefit from the technical expertise offered by Nikon, Inc. to support these instruments. This generous fellowship includes a summer laboratory, housing, and a budget for incidental expenses, equipment rental, and supplies.
Requests will also be considered for collaborative research projects at the MBL during the off-season period.
Junior or Senior Research Awards:
The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
This endowed fund provides support for independent investigators conducting research in the fields of cell and developmental biology during the summer months at the MBL.
The Erik B. Fries Endowed Fellowship Fund
Established by the estate of Erik B. Fries, a biology professor at City College of New York, course director of MBL's Botany Course in the early 1900s, and a long-time Woods Hole resident, this endowed fund will be used to defray laboratory or library expenses of independent investigators at the MBL. Preference is given to investigator members of the Department of Biology of the City College of New York.
M. G. F. Fuortes Fellowship Fund
Established in memory of M. G. F. Fuortes, a renowned neurophysiologist, this endowed summer fellowship fund is available to young investigators working in the neurosciences.
The H. Keffer Hartline and Edward F. MacNichol, Jr. Fellowship Fund
This Fellowship Fund was established in memory of H. Keffer Hartline and his impact on sensory science. Dr. Hartline came to the MBL as a young scientist and “discovered” the eye of the horseshoe crab. He initiated his pioneering studies of the eye in 1929 and continued this research at the MBL for many summers. This fund provides support for scientists to carry out research in sensory neurobiology.
The Plum Foundation John E. Dowling Fellowship Fund
Established in honor of Dr. John E. Dowling, this fellowship fund helps underwrite the costs of room and board, supplies, and laboratory space rental for outstanding applicants pursuing research on the neurobiology of vision and retinal research.
Robert Day Allen Fellowship Fund
This fellowship fund honors the memory of Professor R. D. Allen of Dartmouth College and the MBL. Dr. Allen was a distinguished investigator of cell motility processes, a leading microscopist, and one of the developers of video-enhanced optical microscopy with differential interference contrast. The award is for a young investigator committed to research on cell motility and cytoarchitecture, and contributes toward the costs of summer research at the MBL.
Frederik B. and Betsy G. Bang Fellowship Fund
Summer fellowships honoring the late Frederik B. Bang, M.D., are offered for the study of the immune capability of marine animals and more generally for the use of marine models for research in molecular biology or biomedicine. Funds primarily support laboratory space and research expenses.
The Eugene and Millicent Bell Fellowship Fund in Tissue Engineering at the MBL will provide a research award to visiting graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or faculty pursuing research in a variety of biomedical questions that advance our knowledge of biological composition and function at levels ranging from molecules to cells, to tissue, to organs and whole organisms. This work is grounded in a solid base of chemistry, physics, math and biology and aims to expand the possibilities for tissue and organ reconstitution and replacement.
The MBL Associates Endowed Fellowship
The MBL Associates were formed in 1944 to provide a connection to the Laboratory for friends, both scientists and non-scientists who have an interest in the research, educational and cultural activities of the MBL. The Associates provide fellowship funds to help support the costs of summer research at the MBL.
The William Townsend Porter Fellowship for Minority Investigators
The Porter Foundation offers fellowship support for young scientists (undergraduates, senior graduate students, and postdoctoral trainees) who are from an under-represented minority group (African-American, Hispanic American, Native American) and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to do research with senior investigators at the MBL. The fellowship contributes toward the expenses at the MBL during the summer.
The Baxter Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund
Baxter International, Inc. has established a Fellowship Fund for postdoctoral investigators in the biological and biomedical sciences. This permanently endowed fellowship fund supports a scientist undertaking independent research at the Marine Biological Laboratory in the summer.
Other Faculty Research Awards
The E. E. Just Endowed Research Fellowship Fund
This fellowship honors Dr. Ernest Everett Just’s contributions to developmental biology and experimental embryology. Dr. Just was the first African American to be professionally recognized for his scientifi c work, and much of it was accomplished at the MBL during the early part of the 1900s. This fellowship will underwrite an outstanding minority scientist’s participation in research at the MBL.
Ann E. Kammer Memorial Fellowship Fund
In memory of Ann E. Kammer, a renowned zoologist, this endowed summer fellowship fund is available to women investigators, with a preference given to those working in the neurosciences.
Lucy B. Lemann Fellowship Fund
Established in memory of Lucy B. Lemann, a Woods Hole neighbor who worked to educate the public on environmental issues and nuclear disarmament, this endowed fellowship fund helps support the costs of summer research at the MBL.
Frank R. Lillie Fellowship
This fellowship was established in memory of Frank R. Lillie, a distinguished developmental biologist and the laboratory’s director for many years. The award provides a research laboratory and funds for supplies.
James A. and Faith Miller Memorial Fund
This fellowship provides funds for summer research at the MBL in any relevant discipline, with preference given to developmental biology.
The Evelyn and Melvin Spiegel Fellowship Fund
Established with funds provided by the Sprague Foundation and various individuals, this fellowship fund supports summer research at the MBL in any relevant discipline, with preference given to developmental biology.
The Burr and Susie Steinbach Fellowship Fund
This fellowship honors the memory of H. "Burr" and Eleanor "Susie" Steinbach. Dr. Steinbach was a scientist, educator, and administrator who made important contributions toward the understanding of bioelectric generators, ionic equilibria across cell membranes, and the enzymology of cell organelles. He was Director of the MBL (1966-70) and a Life Member and Trustee of the Corporation. This fellowship fund, made possible by the generosity of the Steinbach family and others, helps cover laboratory fees, housing expenses, and other appropriate personal expenses.
Distinguished Faculty Award:
Herbert W. Rand Fellowship
This fellowship provides funds to bring to the Laboratory a distinguished investigator, preferably, but not necessarily, from outside of the United States. The award covers or assists with such expenses as travel, supplies, laboratory fees, and a stipend.
John M. Arnold Award
Established in 2007 this award funds an unfunded retired or senior researcher in any field of study.
Library Reader Awards:
Fred Karush Endowed Library Readership
The Karush family has established an MBL/WHOI Library Readership in Fred Karush’s memory for qualifying scientists. This fund provides the fees for desk rental and full privileges in the MBL/WHOI Library, on a monthly basis, each summer. DEADLINE: February 15 annually
Grass Foundation Fellowships
Grass Fellowships in Advanced Imaging