BioME Seed Grant

Seed grants play a critical role in accelerating novel ideas and training the future workforce. BioME Seed Grants were developed to enable Maine graduate and undergraduate students to conduct original research projects in the field of life sciences under mentorship at a Maine research institution. Bioscience Association of Maine will be funding up to $5,000 Seed Grants to cover costs associated with research-related expenses. Applicants must be enrolled in a Maine academic institution and reside in Maine for 6 months prior.

  • Maine resident – must have resided in Maine for at least 6 months prior to application
  • College enrollment – must be enrolled in an accredited college program in a life sciences field at a Maine academic institution. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Undergraduate students must be enrolled full-time. Graduate students must be actively enrolled in a graduate program.
  • Life science majors only. Some life science majors include biology, biomedical sciences, bioengineering, ecology, virology – for a full list please see examples HERE.
  • Project – Must be conducting original research in the field of bioscience under mentorship at a Maine research institution. Project must incur financial cost.
  • Note – Applicants may apply to multiple scholarships but are eligible to receive only one BioME Scholarship per academic year.
  1. Rolling applications – apply as needed.
  2. Response from BioME is given within 90 days of submission. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis in March, June, September, and December.
  3. Full award (up to $5,000) is sent via check to recipients within 14 days of notification of acceptance. We will coordinate with recipient and faculty member(s) that handle purchasing.
  4. Follow up: Within 30 days from project completion, recipients are required to submit a 1-2 page project summary, research findings, how the grant helped research project, and how the budget was used.
  • Can the research be performed outside of Maine?
    • No, research must be performed at a Maine research/academic institutions only.
  • Can a candidate attend a school out of state?
    • No, not for this type of scholarship.
  • What do I need to submit with my application?
    • Resumé or CV
    • Proposed Projects Budget
      • An estimate on what the grant would cover, breaking down by item. Please note that no more than 30% of the grant amount can be used for personnel. Please see HERE for a sample budget justification
    • 1-2 page Research Project Overview
      • What is the context/ background of this project?
      • What is the goal of this project and what is your role?
      • What is the rationale/ need for this project?
      • What methodology/ timeframe is envisioned for this project?
      • Work plan/ Action plan / Scope of work
      • Identification of mentor/teacher/advisor, collaborators and their contributions
      • What results are you expecting from this initiative / Evaluation plan
    • Letter of Recommendation
      • We are requiring a letter of recommendation from your research mentor/teacher/advisor. This letter should be sent directly to BioME via email to info@mainebioscience.org, or by mail to Bioscience Association of Maine, PO Box 3362, Portland, ME 04104.

BioME Seed Grant Application

    A. CONTACT INFORMATION





    Street Number, Street, Suite



    City, State, Zip, Country



    If different from home address listed. Street Number, Street, Suite or PO Box



    City, State, Zip, Country








    YesNo

    Note: You need to answer "yes" to question #7 to be eligible.

    B. ACADEMIC INSTITUTION INFORMATION





    Street Address, City, State, Zip, Country





    Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, etc.





    Full Time / Part Time

    C. RESEARCH PROJECT



    Institution in which you will be performing your research.




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    Start Date, End Date



    D. ATTACHMENTS

    Please provide an estimate on what the grant would cover, breaking down by item. Please note that no more than 30% of the grant amount can be used for personnel. Please see FAQs for a sample budget justification.

    In the Project Overview please address the following:
    a. What is the context/ background of this project?
    b. What is the goal of this project and what is your role?
    c. What is the rationale/ need for this project?
    d. What methodology/ timeframe is envisioned for this project?
    e. Work plan/ Action plan/ Scope of work
    f. Identification of mentor/teacher/advisor, collaborators and their contributions
    g. What results are you expecting from this initiative / Evaluation plan

    We are requiring a Letter of Recommendation from your research mentor/teacher/advisor.*
    This letter should be sent directly to BioME via mail or email.
    Bioscience Association of Maine
    PO Box 3362
    Portland, ME 04104
    Email: info@mainebioscience.org



    If you are experiencing technically difficulties when submitting this form, please email info@mainebioscience.org.