Raccoon River Watershed Association Research Grant Program, 2020

05.12.20 - The RRWA will offer a research grant for the 2020 field research season to support research projects concerning life, water quality, physical processes, or other relevant topics in the Raccoon River watershed. The RRWA Research Committee will accept proposals for funding between May 11, 2020 and June 27, 2020. The RRWA Research Committee will announce the winner or winners by June 30. Funds will be awarded to the recipient of the grant prior to research being conducted. Please see below for the grant recipient criteria and expectations. The amount of funding that will be given to the successful applicant for a research project in the Raccoon Rivers Watershed will be up to $2,500.
Mission: To preserve and enhance the river and its watershed through education, research, community engagement and meaningful partnerships
The criteria and expectations for the 2020 grant recipient are as follows:

  • The applicant can be either: 1) a university student or graduate student, supervised by  a university instructor or professor, 2) a high school student, supervised by either a high school teacher or university professor, or 3) a high school teacher or college professor looking to conduct research with students during the upcoming school year, 4) other qualified researcher.
  • The applicant must design and conduct original research in the Raccoon River watershed and/or the immediate surrounding area.
  • A summary report of the findings must be submitted to the RRWA Research Committee by February 1, 2021.
  • The recipient must also present their findings at the “Life in the Raccoon” conference, to be held during the spring or summer of 2021. An oral presentation is preferred, but a poster presentation can also be given
  • The recipient also agrees to have their research promoted on the RRWA website including potentially a short video of them describing their work.

The RRWA will enter into a 3-year embargo on the public release of data if a request is made with, or before, the written report is submitted on February 1, 2021 for the sole purpose of publishing the data in a peer-reviewed publication. The embargo applies solely to the release of raw data - the RRWA reserves the right to publish conclusions drawn from the analysis that are reported in the written report or presentation at the annual conference.
RRWA Research and Education Grant Application Form

  •  Applicant name:
  • Institutional affiliation:
  •  Applicant’s university address:
  •  Applicant’s phone:
  •  Applicant’s e-mail:
  •  Applicant’s supervisor:
  •  Supervisor’s phone:
  •  Supervisor’s e-mail:
  •  Title of the project:

Please include a proposal of your research project with the following: research plan, research methods, materials needed (highlight what you are requesting from the RRWA, time commitment, schedule of activities, budget). Please limit proposals to no more than five pages single spaced, including figures, tables, references, and other information that you wish to include.
Submit to: Michael Murphy, 6507 Del Matro, Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324 or by E-mail:anglermurphy@msn.com by Midnight of June12, 2020.

Review committee members will include but not be limited to: RRWA board members Mike Murphy, Rob Davis and Ben Maas.
The Raccoon River Watershed Association, RRWA, is an all-volunteer non-profit organization.
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