Due to a combination of factors including budget changes and the retirement of key staff, the Global Change Student Research Grant Competition program ended after the 2017 competition, with the final group of student PIs funded for the period of July 2017 through June 2018. During its 25-year history, this program directed over $2 million to more than 300 student projects. Thank you to all who supported the competition over the years.
About the Global Change Student Research Grant Competition
For 25 years this unique program provided support to undergraduate and graduate students for research related to global change with a focus on arctic or subarctic boreal regions. It was initiated in 1992 under the auspices of the UAF Center for Global Change and administered by the UAF Graduate School from 2015-2017. Funding partners included the Cooperative Institute for Alaska Research (CIFAR), the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP), the Robert Belous Global Change Research Endowment and the UAF Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA).
The program provided professional training by giving student applicants experience with proposal writing and the peer review system as practiced by science and engineering funding agencies. Successful applicants also gained experience with post-award activities and obligations such as managing their funds, and fulfilling reporting requirements.
In the context of this annual competition, global change research included the observation and study of the processes, interactions, and feedbacks among the components of the Earth system (atmospheric, oceanic, hydrologic, ecologic, and human) in both the past and present, in order to anticipate future changes, develop effective responses to change including the means for sustainable management of resources and ecosystem services, and to ensure societal and cultural viability and adaptation over the long term.