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Endowment Programs

The Stengl-Wyer Endowment supports the biological field stations, the Stengl-Wyer Postdoctoral Scholars program, and related efforts in the College of Natural Sciences to advance the study of the diversity of life and interactions between organisms and their natural environments.

Initiatives

With guidance from our committee of faculty scientists, and harnessing competitive review processes so that the endowment advances the most worthy activities, the college will embark on these initiatives:

  1. The Stengl-Wyer Postdoctoral Scholars Program
  2. Support for research-driven enhancements of the college’s biological field stations, especially the Stengl Lost Pines Biological Station
  3. Support for research-driven enhancements of the college’s natural sciences collections, including the Biodiversity Collections
  4. Research grants to faculty for high-impact research projects (may include grad student stipends)
  5. Innovative models for support of graduate students to study the diversity of life and interactions between organisms and their natural environments
  6. Support for undergraduate summer research summer fellowships and streams within the Freshman Research Initiative

The Stengl-Wyer Postdoctoral Scholars program has already been launched, and will recruit three Scholars in its inaugural year, reaching a steady-state of nine Scholars by year 3.

request for proposals

Tenure track faculty, non-tenure track faculty, and those with active Principal Investigator status are eligible to apply. For initiatives 2-6 above, the following competitive review process will be used to determine specific activities and funding levels (approximately $800K will be available annually):

  1. Applicants (individual or in small teams) submit proposals describing their vision for a research project or program that supports one or more of these initiatives. The budget* and duration (one-time, multi-year) should be specified and justified.
  2. A committee of three faculty (separate from the Stengl-Wyer Endowment Committee) will be appointed by the Dean. This committee will evaluate the submitted proposals to identify the projects and programs that will have the greatest potential to advance the study of the diversity of life and interactions between organisms and their natural environments.
  3. The committee will present their recommendations to the Stengl-Wyer Endowment Committee for final approval.

Proposals should be submitted through CompetitionSpace, UT Austin’s online submission interface, by 5:00 PM CST on Monday, February 17, 2020 (see Application Instructions below)We anticipate that funding for approved projects will be available beginning April 1, 2020.

*Funding levels for maintenance and operations (M&O) for the field stations and the collections are being determined separately, and should not be included in the research proposals.