Proposals will be reviewed by the sCORE Advisory Board which will make recommendations for funding. A review summary will be returned to principal investigators. Proposals that are clearly not appropriate for sCORE will be returned without review. This may include proposals that do not align with any of the described goals or evaluation criteria, those that propose collecting new data, or those that require funds or support beyond workshop travel support and support from the sCORE post-doctoral researcher.
Proposals to sCORE will be evaluated for alignment with our goals, as well as their potential to:
Produce and communicate products that address priority needs identified by different user communities (e.g., groups historically excluded from conservation and restoration research and practice, policy-makers, resource managers, etc.).
Increase accessibility and utility of data to inform current and future decision-making.
Broaden representation of perspectives and disciplines, and build bridges between diverse disciplines, subjects, and groups.
Develop new collaborations resulting in peer-reviewed papers, grant proposals, and joint research efforts.
Develop/update best management practices for conservation, restoration, and/or land management.
sCORE WILL support:
Dedicated time (at least 50%) of a post-doctoral researcher for up to 2 years (beginning in 2023)
Travel funds for one in-person workshop that brings PIs and/or additional participants together
Page charges to support open access of published manuscripts
sCORE WILL NOT support projects that:
Involve collecting new data
Request funding for staff time other than the post-doctoral researcher, new data collection (supplies and/or related travel costs), or travel to professional society meetings
We welcome applications from individuals at any stage of their career, from all disciplines, and from academic, non-profit, or government organizations anywhere in the world. We especially encourage applications from Principle Investigators from groups traditionally excluded from conservation and ecological restoration science and land management communities, especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Each proposal can have up to four Principal Investigators. At least one Principal Investigator must be a permanent staff member at the Negaunee Institute for Plant Conservation and Science Action, at least one must have a PhD, and at least one must have extensive land management experience and/or be in a role directly related to land management.
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