Deadline for submission: April 5, 2020

Anticipated Date of Awards: April 13, 2020

Anticipated Award Amount Per Grant of up to $2,500


Information Session and Workshop To Be Held at the Missouri Botanical Garden on February 19 at 6:30pm

The Living Earth Collaborative (LEC) Graduate Student Research Grant is a new program in the spring of 2020 to encourage and support collaborative research among graduate students and graduate-level mentees of LEC Fellows. The LEC Postdoctoral Fellows developed this program in order to 1) encourage graduate research on biodiversity and/or applied conservation between different departments and institutions among all LEC fellows; 2) foster unique opportunities for collaboration between graduate students among different LEC departments and institutions; 3) advance knowledge of the origins and maintenance of biodiversity.

Eligibility Requirements

Awards are limited to graduate students who are not graduating in 2020 and who have mentors serving as Fellows within the LEC ( A mentor does not need to be the graduate student’s chair committee member, but could be any LEC Fellow with whom the graduate student works closely. Furthermore, the LEC recognizes that many graduate students have affiliations with LEC Fellows from institutions that don’t award degrees (e.g. the St. Louis Zoo and the Missouri Botanical Garden), and we encourage these students to apply.

As this grant aims to increase collaboration between departments and institutions – there must be at least two students from different LEC-affiliated departments or institutions. For example, two graduate students who have mentors that are LEC Fellows and in the WUSTL Biology department would not be eligible for this grant. However, if one or both of those students teamed up with another graduate student with an LEC Fellow mentor from a non-biology department at WUSTL or at another institution (such as the St. Louis Zoo, University of Missouri St. Louis, Danforth Plant Science Center, etc.), that group would be eligible for applying. This grant does not limit the number of graduate students on each grant, however, each graduate student can only be on one application. Lastly, applicants need to make clear that this is a new research collaboration.

Funds can be used for direct costs of research (equipment, supplies, travel to research sites, etc.) but cannot be used for salary compensation (for anyone) or conference travel. Awards are in amounts of up to a maximum of $2500 US dollars per proposal.

 Proposal Directions

The LEC supports research advancing knowledge in biodiversity and/or applied conservation through collaborations among St. Louis institutions, and thus the collaborative grant application will include the following:

  1. Title Page
  • Title
  • Authors and affiliations
  • Respective LEC Fellow mentors and respective committee chairs for each applicant
  1. 2 page proposal
  • Background information and justification
  • Hypotheses and predictions
  • Methods
  • Anticipated analyses and findings
  • Significance to the LEC Mission and LEC Community
  1. Literature Cited (not included in the 2 page limit)
  2. Itemized Budget and Justification (maximum 1 page)
  3. CV (1 for each applicant)
  4. Signed Consent Forms for each applicant from their committee chair and their LEC Fellow mentor (if not the same person). See attached.

Please include all documents in a single PDF file, using applicants’ last names in the title.

For Further Information

Please contact Dr. Michael Moore at