home page | contact | help | login | For News Media | Follow us:

Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 20th Biennial ConferenceEstuaries and Coasts in a Changing World1-5 November 2009, Portland, Oregon, USA

YSI Foundation “Minding the Planet” Grant

YSI proudly announces our 4th Minding the Planet grant. Our 2009 grant will go to an organization focused on environmental data synthesis. Since 1990, YSI has publicly demonstrated commitment to its core values and good corporate citizenship through its 501(c)(3) Foundation. The Foundation grants have funded a variety of projects, including university environmental science scholarships, large scale restoration projects, a wetlands data center, and interactive child focused exhibitions related to protecting our water resources. Last year’s winner, Columbia Riverkeeper, uses trained volunteers to collect water quality data on the Columbia River, the Pacific Northwest’s longest river.

This year the Foundation is pleased to address the growing need in the U.S. for data synthesis-related funding. While billions of water quality-related data points are collected each year in the U.S., recent economic hardships have left many researchers and managers without the necessary funding to analyze and synthesize necessary data in order to make meaningful ecological interpretations. Recognizing that there is a wealth of data available for synthesis from many different ecosystems around the country, the Foundation is prepared to jump start some of that synthesis.

Applications are due by Friday, October 9th, 2009 at 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. This year, only electronic applications will be accepted. All applications must be e-mailed to smiller@ysi.comby no later than this time.

Goals of Grant

The YSI Foundation will award $25,000 to a U.S. organization that demonstrates a clearly defined water quality data synthesis project. The YSI Foundation defines data synthesis projects as including the following key components:

  1. Utilizes existing water quality data spanning multiple years or sites.
  2. Relates water quality data to a topic of ecological importance.
  3. Recommends actions for ecological protection or restoration based on synthesis.

Funding period:

  • The grant will be awarded at the 2009 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation’s (CERF) 20th Biennial Conference in Portland, Oregon, November 1-5, 2009.
  • One grant will be awarded for $25,000 to the selected organization.
  • Grant monies must be spent within three years of receipt. Those monies not spent must be returned to the YSI Foundation for redistribution to other grants.

Eligibility for grant:

  • Must be a 501(c)(3) organization, a governmental organization, or an educational institution.
  • Organization must conduct work in area(s) relevant to grant theme.
  • At least 90% of grant must go toward salary time required for data mining, synthesis and analysis. Up to 10% of this grant may go towards the purchase of new computer equipment or software for the synthesis of data. This grant is not intended for the purchase of instrumentation, nor is it intended to fund the collection of new data.
  • Preference will be given to those applicants who will use this grant for the funding of a graduate student to work on this project.
  • Preference will be given to those organizations who will commit to publishing and also presenting their work at CERF in 2011.

Grant timeline:

  • Solicit grant applications: September 1 – October 9, 2009
  • Grant applications due: October 9, 2009
  • Selection process: October 12 – 23, 2009
  • Grant award announced: November 1 thru 5 at CERF in Portland, OR
    • The grant award recipient will be notified prior to November 1st so arrangements can be made for them to accept the award in person at the CERF Conference. The YSI Foundation will be able to help with travel to the CERF Conference if necessary.


There is no official application form. The grant application should contain no more than five (5) pages of text, written in English, including any figures or tables (but not including the cover page). Out of respect for our environment, the Foundation requires that proposals be submitted electronically. The grant application must include the following information at a minimum:

  • Grant cover page (attached).
  • Statement of the purpose, mission or charter of the organization.
  • Copy of IRS tax-exemption letter (if applicable)
  • Brief statement of qualifications of project manager (if applicable).
  • Scope of work and project’s impact, goals, and clearly defined objectives, including items such as:
  • the anticipated ecological importance of the synthesis work
  • identification of the groups that will be worked with to mine the appropriate data needed for the synthesis
  • plan for disseminating results of synthesis work and recommended protection/restoration action to the appropriate stakeholders
  • Proposed schedule and budget.

Other than the page limit, there are no requirements for formatting of the application.

Application Instructions and Cover Page:

© 2009 Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation
P.O. Box 510 · Port Republic, MD, 20676
Ph: (410) 326-7467 · Fax: (410) 326-7466
http://www.erf.org· info@erf.org

Conference Management
5400 Bosque Blvd Ste 680 · Waco, TX, 76710
Ph: (254) 776-3550 · Fax: (254) 776-3767