Grants - North American Mycoflora Project

Summary

The Mycological Society of America (MSA) and the North American Mycological Society (NAMA) have setup funds to genetically sequence citizen science collections of macrofungi from North America. Both of these pots of money are intended as grants for citizen science projects from underexplored regions and for underexplored groups of macrofungi.  The primary goal of these efforts is to create a large influx of scientifically valuable data from the amateur mushroom community.

Interested parties can submit a single grant application that will go for consideration to both of these funds. 

The NAMP Grant Application will make awards to sequence up to 50 individual specimens of macrofungi (for September 30 deadline). These grants will only pay for direct sequencing expenses, with the funds going directly to the sequencing facility. The deadlines for the submission of proposals are September 30th and May 1 of each year (see below for deadline details).

If you have questions, email info@mycoflora.org.

Deadlines

Online applications are accepted through 12:00 AM (midnight) on the evening of the dates listed below.  All materials must be submitted by the stated deadline.  Please do not wait to begin an application until you are close to the deadline.

May 1 Deadline

     Funding decisions announced by e-mail in mid to late May

September 30 Deadline

     Funding decisions announced by e-mail in mid-October

Program Background

In 2017, the MSA board voted to set aside $20,000 to match any contributions from the citizen science community towards seqencing efforts for North American macrofungi. NAMA committed the first $10,000 into the MSA fund, which also financed their own program for sequencing specimens from NAMA-affiliated clubs. This single year brought about two grant funds accessible for citizen scientists.

In order to streamline the grant process, both organizations have agreed on a single set of principles (outlined below) and a single application process for participants of the North American Mycoflora Project. The MSA grants are evaluated by the MSA Liaison with Amateur Mycological Clubs & Societies Committee and the NAMA grants are evaluated by the NAMA Mycoflora Committee. 

Eligibility & Evaluation Criteria

Both the MSA and NAMA programs have agreed on a shared set of principles for evaluating grant applications. The following principles should be considered for all grant applications.
  1. All applicants must have an approved project registered with the North American Mycoflora Project.
  2. All project funding must go towards sequencing collections of North American macrofungi.
  3. Strong preference will be given to projects that primarily utilize citizen science collections.
  4. Preference will be given to applicants who are collaborating with other local individuals or organizations for their effort.
  5. Preference will be given to applicants from underexplored geographic areas.
  6. Preference will be given to applicants who are looking at underexplored genera.
  7. Preference will be given to projects that focus on specimens that are not currently well represented in GenBank.
  8. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated need for funding. Examples may include small clubs and experienced individuals. 
  9. Preference will be given to sequencing projects in the 20-40 specimen range.
  10. Preference will be given to projects that can demonstrate a high likelihood of success. 

Application Procedure

Submit your grant application online. Go to the NAMP Grant Application and fill out all of the questions on the form. Applications are accepted at any time, but will not be evaluated until the end of the next funding cycle. You should receive a notification at the completion of your application that it has been recieved. Expect to hear the results of your application 2-4 weeks after the conclusion of the funding cycle. The sequencing service will be made available to awardees immediately upon acceptance of the award. All awardees must follow NAMP protocols for vouchering, tissue collection, and online data storage. 

Once your grant is approved, you will be mailed tissue collection tubes for your specimens at no cost. Learn more about the process to accept your grant and begin your sequencing project.

Questions about the process or procedures should be sent to info@mycoflora.org.

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About North American Mycoflora Project

NAMP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are working towards a single goal - the development of the first comprehensive mycoflora of North America. This project is a consortium of citizen scientists and professional mycologists performing a biological survey of all the macrofungi that occur in North America.

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