October 8, 2015

FAQs on MBL Whitman Center Investigator Research Awards

1. Can I submit an application with one or more co-investigators? Yes, but awards are given to the Principal Investigator only; co-investigators need to seek independent sources of funding.

2. How many years can I apply for an MBL Whitman Center Investigator Research Award? Three years maximum.

3. Who is eligible for an MBL Whitman Center Investigator Research Award? Applications are judged first on scientific merit; then appropriate fit to the MBL, collaborative opportunities, synergy with current initiatives, and innovative areas of research to the MBL. Preference is given to early stage investigators, those new to the MBL, women, and minorities.

4. Should the application follow NIH guidelines such as margins, format, etc.? No, please follow the guidelines that appear on the application form, using Times New Roman 11-point font with 1-in margins on top, bottom, right, and left.

5. Must the research be physically conducted at the MBL? Yes, you are asked to be in residence for at least six weeks. As an MBL Research Awardee, you automatically become a Whitman Center Investigator.

6. What is your policy regarding visas for foreign researchers? Applicants who are not US citizens or resident aliens should contact MBL’s foreign national office (visas@mbl.edu) for guidance and not rely on visa advice from their current institution. Any US taxes levied upon the award amount by the IRS will be the responsibility of the foreign researcher. In addition, any fees incurred in the visa application process will be the responsibility of the foreign researcher.

7. What expenses can be covered by the award? Because MBL Research Award funds come from gifts made by donors, they only can be used to cover the cost of laboratory space, housing, microscopy services, and apparatus rentals.

8. What housing costs are covered by the Award? If eligible, each Awardee will be provided with one cottage for up to 10 weeks. If the MBL Housing Policy considers you ineligible for a cottage (based upon the number of people staying with you), then an equivalent amount will be applied to the alternative housing available (e.g., dormitory accommodations). If you choose to stay longer than 10 weeks, the additional housing fees will be charged to your personal A/R account.

9. What expenses cannot be covered by the award? They cannot be used to cover travel expenses (air, bus, car rental, or mileage), support to students and postdocs (housing, meals), stipends, salaries, alcohol, equipment, supplies, animal costs, meal plans or living expenses for family members, moving expenses for bringing equipment to/from MBL, or any outside services.

10. Do I need to submit a current and pending support statement? No.

11. What are the reporting requirements? A brief written report of your research is due on October 1st. In addition, you must commit to acknowledging this award and citing the MBL in any publications, grant proposals, seminar or meeting presentations, or other written products of this research. During the peak times of residency for MBL Research Awardees, you are expected to give a short 15- to 20-minute presentation about your research to other awardees and interested scientists. These are held weekly at lunchtime and are scheduled by the Office of Research & Programs based on your availability.

12. Is the award given to the home institution of the PI and then that home institution is responsible for administering the money like a traditional grant? No, the MBL is considered the home institution so the money stays at the MBL.

13. Are there daycare services available? Yes, please visit the MBL Children’s Programs webpage: http://www.mbl.edu/childrens-programs/

14. Where can I find more information about Woods Hole? Please visit these websites:
a. http://www.woodshole.com/
b. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woods_Hole,_Massachusetts
c. http://mit.whoi.edu/fileserver.do?id=58184&pt=2&p=64496

15. Where can I get additional information? Contact Office of Research Administration & Programs at 508-289-7173 or researchprograms@mbl.edu