Stillinger Herbarium Expedition Funds Call for Proposals

Tuesday, January 14


The Stillinger Trust, established in 1957, funds expeditions for the purpose of enhancing collections-based botanical research at the University of Idaho and growing collections in the Stillinger Herbarium.

The University of Idaho Stillinger Herbarium is an international resource for research on the flora of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest and represents an archive of the diversity of Idaho plants, fungi, and lichens through space and time. The collection supports research in floristics, systematics, evolution, ecology, and conservation.

The mission of the Stillinger Herbarium is to:

1. Document the flora of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest through space and time.
2. Facilitate and support research and education in plant systematics, floristics, and ecology at the University of Idaho.
3. Serve as a repository for voucher specimens from botanical research conducted at the University of Idaho.
4. Serve as a reference for the identification of plant diversity, and
5. Provide access to the collection and its associated data for the scientific community.

Funding Requirements:

Expeditions may be funded through this program, with no requirement for cost sharing or matching funds. Allowable costs include travel, lodging and per diem costs; small items of equipment; supplies and student and temporary help costs associated with the expedition. Faculty salaries, student fees, and travel to professional meetings are not allowable. Awards will be limited to $11,000 per proposal and duration of no longer than eighteen months.

The purpose of the funding is to contribute to the overall collection of specimens held in the Stillinger Herbarium. As such, specimens collected become the property of the herbarium and must be delivered in a condition suitable to the director. All durable equipment and tools purchased during an expedition become the property of the herbarium at the conclusion of the expedition.

Application and selection process:

Interested University of Idaho faculty, qualified professional staff, and students (graduate and undergraduate) must complete and submit an application packet to the Office of Research and Economic Development. The application form can be downloaded at http://www.uidaho.edu/research/stillinger-trust/expedition-funds. A complete packet includes a cover page, detailed budget, summary including the relevance of the proposed project to the current mission statement of the Stillinger Herbarium, a project narrative (not to exceed 2 pages) and biographical data. Student applicants are eligible to be principal investigators, but must have a faculty member identified as a co-investigator.

Applications will be reviewed and approved or declined on an annual cycle:

REVISED DEADLINE FOR Academic Year 2013 - 2014
Feb. 4, 2014: Applications due by 5:00 pm PST
Feb. 21, 2014: Applicants are notified

Usually 2 – 3 awards will be made per year based on available funds and at the discretion of the Herbarium Administrative Committee based on the merit of the proposal and its contribution to the current mission of the Stillinger Herbarium. Upon award, funds will be administered by the awarded department under the supervision of their college’s financial officer. When the project is complete, a final report (to be posted on the UI Stillinger website) must be submitted to the Office of Research and Economic Development. The Stillinger Trust, established in 1957, funds expeditions for the purpose of enhancing collections-based botanical research at the University of Idaho and growing collections in the Stillinger Herbarium.

The University of Idaho Stillinger Herbarium is an international resource for research on the flora of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest and represents an archive of the diversity of Idaho plants, fungi, and lichens through space and time. The collection supports research in floristics, systematics, evolution, ecology, and conservation.

The mission of the Stillinger Herbarium is to:

1. Document the flora of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest through space and time.
2. Facilitate and support research and education in plant systematics, floristics, and ecology at the University of Idaho.
3. Serve as a repository for voucher specimens from botanical research conducted at the University of Idaho.
4. Serve as a reference for the identification of plant diversity, and
5. Provide access to the collection and its associated data for the scientific community.

Funding Requirements:

Expeditions may be funded through this program, with no requirement for cost sharing or matching funds. Allowable costs include travel, lodging and per diem costs; small items of equipment; supplies and student and temporary help costs associated with the expedition. Faculty salaries, student fees, and travel to professional meetings are not allowable. Awards will be limited to $11,000 per proposal and duration of no longer than eighteen months.

The purpose of the funding is to contribute to the overall collection of specimens held in the Stillinger Herbarium. As such, specimens collected become the property of the herbarium and must be delivered in a condition suitable to the director. All durable equipment and tools purchased during an expedition become the property of the herbarium at the conclusion of the expedition.


For more information about the Stillinger Herbarium, please contact Dr. David Tank (dtank@uidaho.edu). To learn more about the Expedition Funds application and award process, contact the Office of Research and Economic Development (vpresearch@uidaho.edu).