The following instructions pertain to the application form for the Grass Imaging Award at the MBL in 2013. The application form is is a word document available here (Form GIA-2013). These instructions can also be downloaded as a PDF
A. APPLICANT INFORMATION
Self-explanatory; please provide the requested information.
Regarding Letter of Collaboration: If an applicant proposes to work in collaboration with a year-round or summer neuroimaging investigator at the MBL, a letter from that investigator must be submitted. These should be submitted electronically on official institutional letterhead preferably together with the application.
Letters may not be submitted by current Trustees of The Grass Foundation (see list at http://www.grassfoundation.org/current-trustees) or Grass Fellowship Program Directors or Associate Directors.
B. CONTACT INFORMATION
C. CURRICULUM VITAE
The CV may be prepared in any form (eg. NIH biosketch) and should include standard information such as education, positions, awards, funding and publications.
D. RESEARCH PROPOSAL
The research proposal can be as short as 2 but is not to exceed 4 pages. It might include background and significance, specific aims, experimental plan, expected findings and references. A brief justification of why performing the proposed research at MBL is advantageous and/or provides opportunities/resources unavailable elsewhere can strengthen the application.
E. DATES AND RESEARCH LOCATION
1. RESEARCH EXPENSES
a. Microscopy Equipment. The Grass Foundation pays for reasonable microscopy fees charged by MBL when using core facilities. List the major imaging systems needed to perform the proposed research and your projected number of hours of usage.
b. General Laboratory Equipment. List the general laboratory equipment needed to prepare your imaging samples. Preference is given to projects that do not require elaborate sample preparation. Note that Grass Imaging Awardees are – in contrast to Grass Fellows – not provided with equipment through the MBL/Grass equipment loaner program.
c. Laboratory Animals. The Grass Foundation pays for the cost of purchasing, shipping and housing experimental animals in numbers appropriate to the project.
d. Laboratory Supplies. Up to $500 is available to each Imaging Awardee to order consumables required to conduct the project. Please indicate if you expect research supplies to significantly exceed $500.
2. TRAVEL EXPENSES
The Grass Foundation pays the cost of one round-trip to Woods Hole for the Imaging Awardee.
3. LIVING ARRANGEMENTS
a. Housing. The MBL, not The Grass Foundation, makes housing assignments for those accepted as Imaging Awardees. The Grass Foundation pays the MBL directly for the cost of housing Imaging Awardees on campus. If an awardee chooses to stay in MBL housing other than a Swope single room, The Grass Foundation will contribute an amount equivalent to the declined MBL housing and the awardee is responsible for any increase in cost. If the Awardee makes off-campus arrangements, s/he will recieve the equivalent of the single room Swope cost and is fully responsible for any additional costs and arrangements. Awardees should be aware that being paid directly by the Foundation for declined MBL housing may have tax consequences or not be consistent with their visa status. No guarantee, implicit or explicit can be made for a particular housing option desired by the Awardee.
b. Meals. The Grass Foundation provides Imaging Awardees with a full meal plan at the MBL dining hall.
The MBL requires that all Imaging Awardees have health insurance. Additionally, international Imaging Awardees must have health insurance as part of their J1 visa requirements.
H. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Self-explanatory; please provide the requested information.
I. DEADLINE & SUBMISSION PROCEDURE
THE CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS AND LETTER FROM AN MBL COLLABORATOR (IF APPROPRIATE) IS FEBRUARY 20, 2013, AT MIDNIGHT EASTERN STANDARD TIME.
Applications should be submitted electronically, as a single pdf file, to the e-mail address given below. If electronic submission is a hardship, a hard copy of the application will be accepted. Letters of collaboration, on institutional letterhead, may be submitted electronically or by standard mail but must be received by the deadline given above.
The Grass Imaging Award
7 MBL Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Applicants will be notified of The Grass Foundation’s decision on or before April 2013.
J. ACCEPTANCE OF CONDITIONS
This section of Form GIA-2013 requires the applicant’s signature, certifying that she/he has read and accepts all conditions and policies listed in the Grass Imaging Award Guidelines, Application Instructions and Form GIA-2013.
The following individuals will have imaging oriented laboratories at the MBL during the summer of 2013 and have agreed to sponsor Grass Imaging Awardees. Please contact them directly if you are interested in a collaboration.
The Grass Foundation is a not-for-profit, private foundation chartered to assist in advancing knowledge principally in the field of neurophysiology, and including allied fields of medicine and science. In pursuit of that goal, the Foundation acts to encourage and advance education, research and clinical investigation in these fields. All grants and expenditures of The Grass Foundation must be for charitable purposes as defined by the Internal Revenue Code of the United States.
The only program administered directly by The Grass Foundation, as approved by the Internal Revenue Service, is the Grass Fellowship Program in neuroscience at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. All other Foundation activities are supported via funds awarded to other not-for-profit organizations, who administer the relevant programs themselves. Organizations with whom The Grass Foundation currently partners are listed below.
Any inquiries regarding funding should be addressed to The Grass Foundation office.
|MBL - Marine Biological Laboratory
The Albert & Ellen Grass - MBL Faculty Grant Program
Neural Systems & Behavior Course
The Forbes Lectureship
|SfN - Society for Neuroscience
The Albert & Ellen Grass Lecture
The Donald B. Lindsley Prize in Behavioral Neuroscience
The Ricardo Miledi Program for Neuroscience Training
|International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)
IBRO Visiting Team Lecture Programme (VLTP)
|AES - American Epilepsy Society
The Robert S. Morison Fellowship
The Grass Foundation – AES Young Investigator Travel Award
|American Neurological Association
The Grass Foundation -ANA Award in Neuroscience
|Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN)
An endowment was supported to enable FUN to operate more on a long-term basis.
The Grass Fellowship program represents the flagship program for the Foundation. It supports independent research for 14 weeks at the MBL.
|Grass Imaging Awards
The Grass Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of a new awards program in advance imaging at the Marine Biological Laboratories (MBL).
Robert S. Morison Fellowship
This fellowship was created in honor of the contributions of Dr. Morison, one of the founding Trustees of The Grass Foundation. The Fellowship is administred by the American Epilepsy Society and is currently on hold. Please check AES Morrison for further information.
Grass - AES Young Investigator Travel Award
To recognize and honor outstanding young investigators conducting research in basic or clinical neuroscience related to epilepsy, the Grass Foundation and the American Epilepsy Society have combined resources to present Grass Foundation-AES Young Investigator Travel Awards ($1,000, together with waiver of AES meeting registration fees) to up to 8 deserving candidates to help support travel costs to present their research at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society. This program is administered by the AES. Please see AES Travel for more information.
PURPOSE:The MBL is an international center for application of advanced imaging technology to studies of brain function. The goal of the Grass Imaging Awards is to make this remarkable resource and rich intellectual environment available to the broader scientific community. The Program intends to bring faculty-level individuals to the MBL for four weeks during the month of July. Participants are encouraged to collaborate with members of the MBL NeuroImaging group. Alternatively, they can independently utilize the available core microscopy resources of the MBL, such as confocal, two-photon, structured illumination microscopy, PALM, and STED microscopes.
BENEFITS: Imaging awardees are given the opportunity to utilize the available microscopy resources while gathering data and interacting with other imaging specialists at weekly NeuroImaging seminars and informal meetings. Awardees can also attend Neurobiology Course lectures on the theory and practice of advanced microscopy, if desired. Support will include research supplies, travel, housing and meals at the Marine Biological Laboratory for the individual.
ELIGIBILITY: Faculty-level applicants working in any area of neuroscience are eligible. Priority is given to applicants with needs consonant with the resources of the MBL, particularly those planning to collaborate in the lab of an MBL NeuroImaging investigator. Prior research experience at the MBL is neither required nor disqualifying. International awardees (i.e., not US citizens or resident aliens) must hold an appropriate visa for the duration of the program. The Grass Foundation values diversity in all of its programs.
DURATION: The duration of the program is 4 weeks during July 2013. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the MBL during the entire duration of the award.
APPLICATION: Application forms and instructions are available here.
DEADLINE: Applications (for July 2013) must be received by 20 February 2013. Applicants must ensure that the completed application is submitted by the deadline. Decisions will be announced by April 2013.
SELECTION: The Trustees of The Grass Foundation will judge the scientific merit of the proposed research and its suitability for this program. The Foundation expects to grant up to 3 awards.
A one page flyer of this announcement can be downloaded here in PDF format.
Albert and Ellen Grass Lecture
This lecture, presented by a high-profile speaker selected by SfN, is given each year on Monday evening of the SfN Annual Meeting. The Albert and Ellen Grass Lecture is one of the featured scientific events of the conference.
Donald B. Lindsley Prize in Behavioral Neuroscience
This prize was established in 1979 in honor of Donald B. Lindsley Ph.D. for "meritorious research in the area of behavioral neuroscience." Dr. Lindsley was one of the early Trustees of The Grass Foundation. A selection committee of SfN members reviews Ph.D. theses that were approved in the prior year and nominated for the prize. The SfN Committee awards the prize.
The Foundation funds the SfN-sponsored Ricardo Miledi Program for Neuroscience Training that enhances the training and career development of Latin American and Caribbean neuroscientists. Dr. Miledi was an early Trustee of The Grass Foundation.