Grant Application

CLUE Program Enhancement and Graduate Student Support

Proposals will be accepted by e-mail until January 21, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Purpose: To support research and extension projects and graduate student activity related to the mission of the Center for Land Use Efficiency including projects related to agricultural and urban land use. Projects that involve collaboration among center faculty, affiliates, and state and county specialists are strongly encouraged.


All CLUE faculty are eligible to apply. Proposals must be led by core CLUE faculty. Affiliate faculty are encouraged to collaborate with core faculty on proposal ideas.

Proposal Format

  1. Title of project
  2. Name and e-mail of faculty contact
  3. Justification (250 words max.) – Why is this project important? Why should it be funded now?
  4. Project objectives and brief description (250 words max.) – What are you proposing?
  5. How will the funding be used? Name graduate student if applicable.
  6. Plan of work. Must include a seminar each year if requesting funding for a graduate student (e.g. Departmental seminar, conference, etc.).
  7. Final deliverable – What will be the final deliverable/s? All projects should lead to peer-reviewed research and extension publications, and possibly conference presentations.
  8. Timeline – Funds must be spent by June 30, 2023. All awards provide funding for one year. Funding for two-year master’s and four-year Ph.D. students will need to be requested annually. Please note, this request for proposals is being released in anticipation of having a budget to support this program, and we hope to provide awards to recipients in July 2022.


Please describe and justify the budget request, noting any outside sources of support, along with a table similar to the examples provided below, and contact information of the staff member that will process this award. Voluntary cost-share is preferred, but not required. If including cost-share, be sure to incorporate this into the total budget, and include a letter of commitment.

Program Enhancement Budget: Awards can be used for salaries, materials, and travel. Funds cannot be used for food, awards, or giveaway items. Label and summarize which portions of your budget are expenses or OPS.

Graduate Student Budget: Maximum award per student is $30,000, although partial requests are acceptable and encouraged. Awards must be used for graduate student stipend and tuition.

Total available funding: $150,000; contingent upon legislative allocation.

Program Enhancement Budget
Program Enhancement Budget Notes Amount
Salary OPS 9,500
Fringe @ 3.9% 292.50
Travel   1,050
Total CLUE Request   10,842.50
Equipment   3,000
Sample Processing   7,200
Total Cost Share   10,500
Graduate Student Budget
Graduate Student Budget Amount
Stipend 18,000
Fringe 3,672
Tuition/Fees 12,740
Total CLUE Request 30,000
Remaining Student Cost 4,412
Total Cost Share 4,412

Important Dates

  • Proposals due - January 21, 2022, 11:59 p.m.
  • Notification - On or about February 11, 2022

Submit proposals to: Melissa Friedman. Proposals will be accepted by e-mail until January 21, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

For further information: Please contact Dr. Michael Dukes or Melissa Friedman.

Evaluation and Ranking Criteria

Criteria Possible Points Points Awarded Comments
Relevance to urban or agricultural land use 15    
Current on deliverables from past CLCE/CLUE grants if applicable 5    
Collaboration with CLUE faculty/affiliate faculty, state specialists, and/or county faculty 15    
Clear plan for future extramural funding 5    
Innovation 15    
Deliverables include peer-reviewed research and/or extension publication 15    
Voluntary cost-share (preferred is extramural funds but must be direct cost or extramural in-kind) 15    
Stayed within/met proposal format guidelines 5    
Actively participates in CLUE activities 10    
Total Points 100