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:
- Document the flora of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest through space and time.
- Facilitate and support research and education in plant systematics, floristics, and ecology at the University of Idaho.
- Serve as a repository for voucher specimens from botanical research conducted at the University of Idaho.
- Serve as a reference for the identification of plant diversity, and
- Provide access to the collection and its associated data for the scientific community.
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 $15,000 per proposed project and duration of no longer than twenty-four months. However, projects that present a strong argument for additional funding in support of a larger expedition will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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 to the director dried for preservation/displayed with plant identification. All durable equipment and tools purchased during an expedition become the property of the herbarium at the conclusion of the expedition.
November: Start accepting applications
Third Friday of December: Applications due by 5 p.m. PT
Early February: Applicants are notified
Early March: Funds are awarded