FAQ: Scientific Grants Program

  1. How do I apply for a Genographic Project Scientific Grant?

  2. When should I submit my full application?

  3. What is the page limit for the project description, and does this include references?

  4. What does the “Other Sources” column on the budget spreadsheet refer to?

  5. Are reviews of my application confidential?

  6. I need a computer and other equipment. Can I use the grant to purchase these items?

  7. Is it possible to change or extend my field dates or dates of analysis and execution once an application has been submitted?

  8. My additional documents will not upload properly, or I was not prompted to upload my additional documents (i.e., CV, budget, figures, map, etc.). How do I resolve this?

  9. I’m having problems with the fields “Amount Requested From the Society” and “Total Project Budget.”

  10. Can I include research assistant stipends or consultant fees in my budget?

  11. Can I include salaries for the Principal Investigator in my budget?

  12. Can I attach letters of recommendation?

  13. I found mistakes in my application after it was submitted and would like to edit them.

  14. If I am not a US citizen, do I need a collaborator who is a US citizen?

Answers

  1. How do I apply for a Genographic Project Scientific Grant?

    Applying for a Genographic Scientific Grant is a two-step process involving a pre-application, and, if approved, a full application form.  We accept pre-applications throughout the year.

    Please submit your pre-application at least six months prior to anticipated project dates. Typically decisions on the pre-application are made within four weeks. If the pre-application is approved, the committee will send the project director an email with a link to the full application online. Use this link to fill out a pre-application.

  2. When should I submit my full application?

    The Genographic Grants Committee accepts applications throughout the year. However, please allow four months from the committee’s receipt of your full application for the committee to formally review and consider it.

  3. What is the page limit for the project description, and does this include references?

    We ask that your project description not exceed 2,000 words or three single-spaced pages, and if you wish, you may send a separate attachment for the references. The text fields in the online form do not allow you to format your text—do not use bullets, bold, italics, or any other type of formatting.

  4. What does the “Other Sources” column on the budget spreadsheet refer to?

    This refers to the funding requests you have made to other organizations for your project. Any funding already received should be listed in the text field labeled “Amounts and types of support already received for this project from institutions other than NGS.”

  5. Are reviews of my application confidential?

    Yes, reviews themselves are kept confidential. We do not share reviews with the applicant or other external reviewers.

  6. I need a computer and other equipment. Can I use the grant to purchase these items?

    Major non-expendable equipment requests (over $1,000) may be included in your budget. However, you will be asked to explain how the equipment is integral to your project and not available through other sources of funding.

  7. Is it possible to change or extend my field dates or dates of analysis and execution once an application has been submitted?

    If absolutely necessary, dates can be extended after checking with the Genographic Project staff. Start dates may be changed, but changing them will not expedite the review of your application. Should you anticipate changes in dates, please contact the project staff as soon as possible at genographicgrants@ngs.org.

  8. My additional documents will not upload properly, or I was not prompted to upload my additional documents (i.e., CV, budget, figures, map, etc.). How do I resolve this?

    You will be prompted to upload documents on the last page of the application. If you are unable to upload files, please email them to genographicgrants@ngs.org.

    Please include your full name in the subject line of the email, along with the words “Geno 2.0 Application.” For example: “John Smith, Geno 2.0 Project Application Budget.”

  9. I’m having problems with the fields “Amount Requested From the Society” and “Total Project Budget.”

    Please type in only numbers. Enter all amounts in U.S. funds, rounded to the nearest dollar, with no punctuation or symbols. Example: 5200.

  10. Can I include research assistant stipends or consultant fees in my budget?

    The hiring of assistants, consultants, or specialists should be restricted to the actual need for such services; you will be asked to justify this need. Assistants should receive compensation above food and lodging that is consistent with local rates of compensation. For students from developed countries, funding is normally limited to per diem expenses.  These expenses should not exceed 15 percent of the total budget.

  11. Can I include salaries for the Principal Investigator in my budget?

    No. Salaries for PIs are not allowed.

  12. Can I attach letters of recommendation?

    Yes. Please upload them in the section marked “Attachments.”

  13. I found mistakes in my application after it was submitted and would like to edit them.

    Unfortunately, there is no way for you to edit your application once it has been submitted. You are welcome to email any changes, or you may direct application questions to the program staff at genographicgrants@ngs.org.

  14. If I am not a US citizen, do I need a collaborator who is a US citizen?

    No. Citizenship has no bearing on our decision-making process.

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