Graduate Student Awards for the Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates

http://www.orau.org/lindau/default.html

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Science Foundation Directorate for Mathematical Science (NSF-MPS)
Mars, Incorporated

Limited Submission Program: This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M faculty and principal investigators (PIs) who meet the eligibility requirements.  The University and the System Agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.

Institutional Eligibility:  A university may submit up to two nominations per pathway (see below for pathways).

PI Eligibility:  To be eligible, a student must:

  1. be a U.S. citizen;
  2. be enrolled at a university as a full-time graduate student; and
  3. have completed by June, 2013 at least two academic years of graduate studies in chemistry or in a related discipline, but not be planning a dissertation/thesis defense before December 31, 2013.
     

In addition to the general eligibility requirements above, additional eligibility requirements depend on the pathway for nomination.

There are five pathways for nominations:

  • Department of Energy (DOE): For students who meet the general eligibility criteria and who are sponsored by and/or working on a project, grant, or fellowship sponsored by the U.S. DOE Office of Science (DOE-SC).
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): For students who meet the general eligibility criteria and who are sponsored by and/or working on a project, grant, or fellowship sponsored by NCI, NIAAA, NIDCR, NIEHS, or NIGMS only. 
  • National Science Foundation (NSF): For students who meet the general eligibility criteria and who are sponsored by and/or working on a project, grant, or fellowship sponsored by National Science Foundation Directorate for Mathematical Science Division (NSF-MPS). 
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU): For students who meet the general eligibility criteria and are attending ORAU member institutions.
  • Mars, Incorporated: For students who meet the general eligibility criteria regardless of funding source.
     

The proposal will be prepared and submitted by the Texas A&M System Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS).

Proposal Limit: Two per pathway

Summary:  Since 1951, Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics, and physiology/medicine convene annually in Lindau, Germany, to have open and informal meetings with students and young researchers.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Science Division and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) are honored to have been invited to bring groups of top young researchers to the 2012 meeting. The U.S. delegation consists of U.S. doctoral students whose current research at their universities is funded by one of the sponsoring agencies (DOE, NIH or NSF), Mars, Inc. who sponsors students under separate eligibility criteria or who attend an ORAU member institution. These students will travel to Lindau to participate in discussions with the Nobel Laureates, as well as other graduate students and junior researchers from around the world.

Transportation, lodging and registration expenses are arranged and paid for by the sponsoring agencies. Participants meet in Washington, D.C., for an orientation meeting and travel as a group to Germany. A student awardee will be committed to travel from June 26 or 27, 2013 until July 6 or 7, 2013. The final dates will be determined at a later date.

During the meeting, the Laureates lecture on the topics of their choice related to chemistry in the mornings and participate in less formal small group discussions with the students in the afternoons and some evenings.  In addition to this valuable interaction, the participants enjoy the picturesque island city of Lindau, which is located at the eastern end of Lake Constance, just north of the Swiss Alps. Located at the common border of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, the medieval city is rich in central European culture.

The program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for DOE, NIH, NSF and Mars, Inc.

Dates:
November 14, 2012, 5:00 p.m.: Deadline for an email of intent. Include the name of the graduate student, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project.

Send email of intent to limitedsubmissions@tamu.edu

November 21, 2012, 5:00 p.m.:  Deadline to submit an internal proposal.  All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal, the sections will include:

  1. a one-page personal resume;
  2. an essay of no more than one page written by the applicant describing why participation in the Lindau meeting is important for the applicant’s graduate education; and
  3. a one-page letter of reference from the applicant’s advisor.
     

The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, from the e-proposal site, click on “Signup,” fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact shelly.martin@tamu.edu or 979.862.2233.

November 30, 2012: Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

December 14, 2012:  Sponsor deadline for the full application by 4:00 p.m. EST (3:00 p.m. CST).

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.

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