The Environmental Science and Policy Program at Michigan State University is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity: Visiting Scholars to Advance Science (VISTAS) grants, designed to increase networking opportunities for MSU faculty, bring world-class experts to MSU, and facilitate development of multi-University research proposals in the areas of environmental science, technology, and policy.
The VISTAS grants aim to provide support for scholars from other universities and institutions to visit MSU to develop externally funded research proposals jointly with MSU researchers. The grants will cover transportation, housing and per diems for the visiting faculty, allowing them to spend quality time to work with MSU colleagues. VISTAS funding is different from typical seminar support programs and feature longer visiting periods, more intensive interactions with MSU researchers, and explicit goals toward grant proposals.
For MSU faculty and researchers
This is a chance to collaborate on proposals, expand professional networks, and enhance the reach of the Michigan State University research brand.
Proposals will be accepted two times a year
The deadline to apply for the spring award is February 1. The deadline to apply for the fall award is September 30. Requests submitted at any other time but for one of two annual deadlines must be accompanied by a justification (e.g. a request for proposals by a funding agency was posted on a short notice)
Typical awards are $3,000 for a domestic visitor and $4,000 for an international visitor. Larger requests will be considered in exceptional circumstances where multiple visitors or an extended stay are vital to the success of the target proposals. Once awarded, the fund needs to be spent within one year, and special justification is required in the application if more time is needed.
Selection criteria include:
To apply for the award, MSU researchers need to submit: