Overview

With the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Sloan Scholars Mentoring Network is pleased to announce our second grant competition this year.  Three grants are available for: 1) conference travel, 2) mentor/mentee collaborations, and 3) seed funding. These grants are only open to PhD graduates of the Sloan Minority PhD Program (Sloan Scholar PhDs). If you believe you are a Sloan Scholar but have not received communication from our program, please fill out this form to check your status.

Two grant competitions will be held in 2018, with the spring competition having concluded in March. Applications for the SSMN summer grant competition will be open from June 15 to August 1.

The following guidelines refer to all three grant opportunities:

  • Applicants must be PhD graduates in academic tenure-track positions or intend to pursue such positions in the near future (see specifics below)
  • Accepted applications may take five to six weeks to process
  • All grant winners will be required to submit final reports, including expense reports, and commit to completing one SSMN related activity (TBD)
  • Sloan Scholar PhDs may only receive one SSMN grant per calendar year
  • Applicants may apply for either the conference travel grant and the seed grant OR the conference travel grant and the mentor/mentee grant. However, applicants may receive only one grant per calendar year.
  • Grants may not be subject to indirect and/or overhead costs, regardless of the method of disbursement. A letter stating this official policy can be provided to grantees' institutions upon request.

Given the above guidelines, consider closely the timing of your application(s) and which grant competition would better suit your needs.

Conference Travel Grant

  • Approximately five conference grants up to $1500 will be awarded in the summer 2018 grant competition
  • Supports travel to/from conference site, registration fees, meals, and accommodations for a future conference or training workshop
  • Applicants must be presenting at the conference or serving as workshop participants
  • Applicants must be on an academic track. This includes assistant, associate, and full professors, as well as postdoctoral scholars at academic institutions and others seeking to enter the tenure-track academic job market

Mentor/Mentee Grant

  • This grant supports:
    • future travel to another lab or institution that allows the Sloan Scholar PhD to gain access to specific training and/or equipment that supports the Scholar’s career advancement
    • sponsoring a mentor's travel to the applicant's home institution, or the applicant's travel as a mentor
    • other arrangements will be considered
  • Approximately six grants up to $5,000 each will be awarded over the calendar year, with four to be awarded in the summer competition
  • Supports travel to/from the research site, accommodations, visiting administrative fees, research supplies, and other associated expenses
  • Applications with Sloan Scholar PhDs in both roles will be given preference. See our private Sloan Scholar PhD database to search by institution, discipline, and name.
  • A completed plan from either a mentor or mentee is necessary to complete the application. If the applicant is the mentee, the mentoring plan must be submitted by their mentor ( "Mentoring Plan for Mentors"). If the applicant is the mentor, the mentoring plan must be submitted by their mentee ("Mentoring Plan for Mentees"). The mentoring plan should be consistent with application and reflect agreement from both parties.
  • Applicants must be on an academic track. This includes assistant, associate, and full professors, as well as postdoctoral scholars at academic institutions and others seeking to enter the tenure-track academic job market

Seed Grant

  • This grant provides start-up funds for new research
  • Approximately six grants up to $10,000 each will be awarded over the calendar year, with three to be awarded in the summer competition
  • Supports:
    • research expenses, including equipment, supplies, and student salary
    • expenses that allow the grantee to dedicate more of their time to research--ex. course buyouts and childcare or caretaker expenses
    • this grant does not support faculty summer salary
  • Applicants should detail how the research will be used to support and leverage other funding opportunities
  • Applicants must be assistant professors, or newly promoted associate or full professors

Application Process

Each grant application will require the following documents in addition to a standard application form, curriculum vitae, and an up-to-date profile on the website:

1) a one-page proposal cover sheet
2) a one-page narrative on stated need and potential impact of the grant on the applicant’s career advancement
3) a budget estimate
4) for mentor/mentee grant only, a mentoring plan

Details on document formatting can be found on the application website. Apply here.

Summer grant applications must be submitted by August 1st.

Questions? Contact program staff at ssmn at ssrc.org.

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