Rice Creek Associates Grants Program Calls for Research Proposals

OSWEGO — Rice Creek Associates, a citizen support group for SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station, invites scholars, scientists, educators and students to submit proposals for its 17th annual small grants program.

Applicants for the grants — which support research, education and public-service projects — need not be affiliated with Rice Creek or SUNY Oswego. Rice Creek Associates welcomes applications from student-professor teams, high school science teachers and other educators and from other members of the community.

Projects must be done at Rice Creek Field Station, a biologically diverse 400-acre tract off Thompson Road south of the main campus. The property, bisected by Rice Creek and 30-acre Rice Pond, includes a weather station, labs, a classroom, a small library, collection storage, small boats and diverse terrain as a natural outdoor laboratory.

The deadline for 2012 proposals is March 15; awardees will be announced on or about April 15. Most awards will be between $500 and $3,000, which is an increase over the previous year’s maximum grant of $2,000.

Rice Creek Associates is a citizen support group whose mission is to preserve the field station, advance knowledge of ecological processes and disseminate information to the public.

The association’s Small Grant Review Committee will consider proposals oriented toward basic and applied research in field biology, the natural sciences, earth sciences, education, social sciences and/or service projects.

Proposals that include one or more of the following will be given special priority for funding: invasive species, understudied taxonomic groups or species of special interest, and how these organisms affect the ecology of the region. Other topics are also welcome, including biodiversity studies, analysis of climate parameters at Rice Creek, history of land use at the field station, GIS analysis of habitat changes since Rice Creek was established, surveys focused on public and college perceptions of Rice Creek and the artistic interpretation of the Rice Creek grounds.

Examples of previous projects supported by Rice Creek Associates are small mammal surveys, non-invasive subsurface geological exploration techniques, identification and flight-season determination of butterfly populations, turtle population surveys, breeding bird surveys and collection renovation.

Grant funds can be used for stipends, travel, supplies, equipment, publication costs or secretarial support. RCA encourages applicants to seek matching funds, including those for projects seeking support for the collection of pilot data that can lead to larger projects.

For more information and an application, visit http://www.oswego.edu/facultygrants.