The Marine Biological Laboratory offers several research awards to financially support visiting investigators in the Whitman Center. Awards are used to support research in diverse fields of biology such as cellular physiology, molecular biology, regenerative biology, ecology, neurobiology, evolution, developmental biology, and neuro-ethology. Funds for these awards come from a variety of sources generously donated to the MBL (for more information click here).
MBL Research Award recipients become part of the Whitman Center and enjoy access to state-of-the-art instrumentation, innovative imaging and DNA sequencing technology, availability of model freshwater and marine organisms, modern laboratory facilities. In addition, they have opportunities to interact with researchers in the internationally recognized summer courses and year-round research programs.
General Guidelines Awardees typically come during the summer months for a minimum of six weeks. Although MBL encourages collaborative research, funds for lab rental and housing will be awarded to only one principal investigator per proposal. If eligible, each Awardee will be provided with one cottage for up to 10 weeks. If the MBL Housing Policy considers the PI ineligible for a cottage (based upon the number of people staying with the PI), then an equivalent amount will be applied to the alternative housing available (e.g., dormitory accommodations). If the Awardee chooses to stay longer than 10 weeks, the additional housing fees will be charged to his/her personal A/R account. Recipients must cover other expenses such as supplies, animal-related fees, travel, and any costs of affiliated staff and students who accompany the Awardee. Co-investigators, identified as part of a Research Award proposal, will need to seek independent sources of funding for all expenses other than lab space. Early-stage independent investigators, new to the MBL, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply. Eligible applicants may have had no more than two years of a prior award (three years maximum).
All proposals are reviewed by the MBL’s Whitman Center Investigator Research Awards Committee, which consists of MBL scientists from the resident and visiting research programs as well as additional ad hoc reviewers when necessary. 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.
A proposal for a project embedded in the laboratory of one of the year-round investigators will require a copy of a letter from the hosting investigator and 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 Director(s). Projects that take advantage of and which are embedded within other programs are strongly encouraged.
How to Apply To apply for an MBL Whitman Center Investigator Research Award, click here. Completed applications are due by 11:59 pm EST, December 1, 2014. Notification of decisions will be made by March 1, 2015. If you have any questions about the application, the awards, or the awards process, please see MBL Whitman Center Investigator Research Award FAQ sheet, email the Office of Research Administration & Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 508-289-7173.