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GBIF invites proposals from graduate students for the 2012 Young Researchers Award.

GBIF invites proposals from graduate students for the 2012 Young Researchers Award. This prize intends to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics.
Two awards of €4,000 will be available to graduate students in a master’s or doctoral programme at a university in a GBIF Voting Participant or Associate Participant country.
Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Head of Delegation of a GBIF Voting or Associate Participant country. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisors, the GBIF national node in their country or members of the Science Committee regarding the deadline for proposal submissions at the national level. Contacts of the Heads of Delegation are available atwww.gbif.org/communications/directory-of-contacts/governing-board-of-gbif/.
The deadline to receive nominations from the Heads of Delegation is 15 March 2012.
Research proposals must clearly demonstrate how data enabled by GBIF are being incorporated in the student’s work. The proposal should include a project description, a budget, literature cited, and the applicant’s curriculum vitae including contact information at the home institution.
For further details, please download the full call for proposals (pdf file, 84 KB).
César Antonio Ríos-Muñoz, an ornithologist from Mexico who was one of the winners of the 2011 award, used the grant to purchase a personal computer and a software package to generate ecological niche models. Both these helped him in his PhD research.
The other award winner for 2011, Conor Ryan from Ireland, used the grant towards an analysis to yield information about cetacean diet. This analysis was a key element of his PhD research.
Read more about the 2011 award winners

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