Thread: IRIS ECI Mentorship Funding Opportunity

Started: 2013-02-28 00:24:24
Last activity: 2013-04-05 20:32:23
Topics: Early Careers
Andrew Frassetto
2013-02-28 00:24:24
The IRIS Early Career Investigators (ECI) Working Group is committed to
the encouragement and support of mentorship opportunities and the
integration of ECIs into their research and education communities. As
one step in furthering these goals, the ECI Working Group requests
proposals from post-doctoral fellows through pre-tenure faculty to
partner with a senior scientist to conduct a research project during
2013. We seek to facilitate research interactions for those who are lone
seismologists at their institutions and/or those who would like to have
seed funding to complete a “proof of concept” project to assist in the
proposal writing process. Both members of the junior-senior scientist
pairing must come from an IRIS Member or Educational Affiliate
institution, and must not have previously collaborated on a research
project, which includes abstracts and publications. It is not necessary
that both scientists are seismologists; for instance, a
seismologist-geodesist pairing could benefit both scientists and provide
the opportunity to learn more about each other’s specialty. An initial
list of scientists who are potentially willing to serve as mentors is
available at www.iris.edu/hq/eci/mentors.

We envision the mentoring program to begin in 2013, with the junior and
senior scientists interacting closely over a 6-9 month period.
Interactions will probably begin via visits to each other’s institution
but the overall logistics of the collaboration can take whatever form
best suits the participants. For example the majority of interactions
could be virtual. Both researchers should spend some time at the other’s
institution, to increase interactions between the departments. Each
‘visiting scientist’ is strongly encouraged to present their research
during a colloquium, and meet with others in the department. Portions of
the funds could also be used for fieldwork if deemed necessary.

To apply please submit a joint proposal, which outlines the project with
enough background for a non-specialist review panel. The proposal must
include a brief timeline and budget justification, rationale for the
proposed partnership and how each scientist would benefit from the
collaboration, and potential outcomes of the research. Proposals will be
rated on both the potential impact of the proposed mentoring
relationship as well as the proposed research. The proposal should not
exceed five (5) pages.

IRIS will fund 1-2 junior-senior scientist pairings, within a total
available program allowance of $8,000. The funding will be provided to
reimburse reasonable and allowable documented travel costs
(transportation, lodging, food), in accordance with IRIS travel
policies. Selected proposals will be notified, and travel costs will be
reimbursed directly via IRIS travel reports. Proposals are due on April
15th, 2013. Applicants will be notified within four weeks of the
deadline whether their proposal is successful. A report (1-2 pages) must
be submitted to IRIS Education and Public Outreach upon completion of
the collaboration to describe how the mentoring program impacted their
research and helped accomplish their professional goals.

Questions regarding the proposal process can be directed to Dr. Danielle
Sumy (danielle.sumy<at>gmail.com) and/or Dr. John Taber (taber<at>iris.edu).
Proposals should be emailed as an attached PDF file with the subject
line “ECI PROPOSAL” to Dr. Andy Frassetto (andyf<at>iris.edu).


  • The IRIS Early Career Investigators (ECI) Working Group is committed to
    the encouragement and support of mentorship opportunities and the
    integration of ECIs into their research and education communities. As
    one step in furthering these goals, the ECI Working Group requests
    proposals from post-doctoral fellows through pre-tenure faculty to
    partner with a senior scientist to conduct a research project during
    2013. We seek to facilitate research interactions for those who are lone
    seismologists at their institutions and/or those who would like to have
    seed funding to complete a “proof of concept” project to assist in the
    proposal writing process. Both members of the junior-senior scientist
    pairing must come from an IRIS Member or Educational Affiliate
    institution, and must not have previously collaborated on a research
    project, which includes abstracts and publications. It is not necessary
    that both scientists are seismologists; for instance, a
    seismologist-geodesist pairing could benefit both scientists and provide
    the opportunity to learn more about each other’s specialty. An initial
    list of scientists who are potentially willing to serve as mentors is
    available at www.iris.edu/hq/eci/mentors.

    We envision the mentoring program to begin in 2013, with the junior and
    senior scientists interacting closely over a 6-9 month period.
    Interactions will probably begin via visits to each other’s institution
    but the overall logistics of the collaboration can take whatever form
    best suits the participants. For example the majority of interactions
    could be virtual. Both researchers should spend some time at the other’s
    institution, to increase interactions between the departments. Each
    ‘visiting scientist’ is strongly encouraged to present their research
    during a colloquium, and meet with others in the department. Portions of
    the funds could also be used for fieldwork if deemed necessary.

    To apply please submit a joint proposal, which outlines the project with
    enough background for a non-specialist review panel. The proposal must
    include a brief timeline and budget justification, rationale for the
    proposed partnership and how each scientist would benefit from the
    collaboration, and potential outcomes of the research. Proposals will be
    rated on both the potential impact of the proposed mentoring
    relationship as well as the proposed research. The proposal should not
    exceed five (5) pages.

    IRIS will fund 1-2 junior-senior scientist pairings, within a total
    available program allowance of $8,000. The funding will be provided to
    reimburse reasonable and allowable documented travel costs
    (transportation, lodging, food), in accordance with IRIS travel
    policies. Selected proposals will be notified, and travel costs will be
    reimbursed directly via IRIS travel reports. Proposals are due on April
    15th, 2013. Applicants will be notified within four weeks of the
    deadline whether their proposal is successful. A report (1-2 pages) must
    be submitted to IRIS Education and Public Outreach upon completion of
    the collaboration to describe how the mentoring program impacted their
    research and helped accomplish their professional goals.

    Questions regarding the proposal process can be directed to Dr. Danielle
    Sumy (danielle.sumy<at>gmail.com) and/or Dr. John Taber (taber<at>iris.edu).
    Proposals should be emailed as an attached PDF file with the subject
    line “ECI PROPOSAL” to Dr. Andy Frassetto (andyf<at>iris.edu).

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