Cross-Disciplinary Training Grants

Please note that we are no longer offering training/travel grants (last updated April 2017).

We have notified all applicants with completed applications as to the decision regarding their application status. (updated Apr 27, 2016)

The microMORPH RCN promotes and fosters cross-disciplinary training and interaction through a series of small grants that allow graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and early career faculty to visit labs and botanical gardens with the aim of enriching their scientific research on plants. Successfully funded proposals directly address evolution and development of plants as related to processes of microevolution.

Being listed on the microMORPH community web page is required of all successful applicants (and encouraged for everyone else!).


1) Full grant and grant application information as a pdf file

2) Flyer for advertising grant opportunity (feel free to print and distribute!)

These grants are available to support cross-disciplinary visits between labs or institutions for a period of a few weeks to an entire semester.  We are committed to supporting diverse aspects of plant evo-devo related to questions or processes of microevolution.  In particular, we wish to encourage visits from evolutionary ecologists, systematists and morphologists to molecular developmental labs with the intention of developing tools to investigate diversifications of populations and closely related species – and visits from members of molecular developmental labs interested in learning of the biology and evolutionary ecology of non-model groups of species.  The interdisciplinary nature of these focused interactions will provide a unique opportunity to develop research programs at the interfaces of evolutionary ecology, organismic biology, and developmental biology.

Award Amount
Each Year, microMORPH is able to fund five graduate student, post-doctoral, or early career faculty cross-training research opportunities for up to $3,500 to cover travel, lodging, and pier diem.


To be eligible for a microMORPH training grant you must fulfill one or more of the following requirements: 1) you must be a U.S. citizen, 2) you must be affiliated with a U.S. university or institution (in a graduate program or working as a post-doc or faculty member), or 3) the lab you plan to visit for your training experience must be at a U.S. university or institution.

Application Deadline

The next microMORPH Cross Disciplinary Training Grant deadline is 11:30 pm March 15th, 2016.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted online though the “Submit Applications” box on the left of this page, or by clicking Here to Submit.

The application process is hosted by the Arnold Arboretum, and you will have a register an account in order to apply. There are a few steps you will need to complete:

1) Please click the Submission link and follow the instructions to register for an account.

2) Search for grant listings for the "microMORPH 2016 Spring Cross Disciplinary Training Grant".

3) Click  "Apply" or "Add to Cart". (if you use "Add to Cart", the listing will now show up when you click on on the "My Interest Cart" tab).

4) Follow application instructions. The application includes a way for you to send recommendation letter requests (submission instructions will be sent to your recommenders). Be sure to click "Final Review and Submit" when you are ready to submit!

Required Application Materials

  1. A 2-3 page research statement, which should describe your research plans and interaction with your host lab. It must specifically document the fact that the training opportunity is aimed at integrating microevolutionary biology and developmental biology, as related to processes of microevolution.
  2. A proposed budget for travel costs, per diem, lodging, and meals.
  3. A letter from the principle investigator of the prospective host lab (indicating a willingness to host, consensus about the proposed activities of the visitor, and an explicit statement acknowledging that the host lab understands that the microMORPH RCN funds may not be used to underwrite the proposed research activities).
  4. A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s advisor (if a graduate student) or principle investigator (if a post doctoral researcher). Junior faculty do not need a letter of recommendation.
  5. The applicant's CV.

Each letter must be no more than three pages. The applicant letter must specifically document the fact that the training opportunity is aimed at integrating micro-evolutionary biology and developmental biology. By NSF rules, the budget may not be used to directly fund costs associated with the proposed research activities (e.g., supplies).

Proposal Evaluation

Two members of the steering committee (one with an organismic and one with a molecular focus) and a third individual from outside the core participants, chosen by the steering committee, are charged with evaluating applications.

Questions and Comments?

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