Grant Application

CLUE Program Enhancement and Graduate Student Support

The Center for Land Use Efficiency is pleased to announce a request for proposals for the 2024-25 Program Enhancement and Graduate Student Support Grants. Please note that we have updated information requested in the RFP, so please read even if you’re familiar with previous versions. Please find details for this year’s call below (and as a PDF attachment). Applications are due before January 19, 2024, 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. Proposals that move ideas forward with the Future Urban Landscapes of Florida are also 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? Please specify deliverables relevant to this funding cycle. All projects should lead to peer-reviewed research and extension publications, and possibly conference presentations.
  8. Timeline – Funds must be spent by June 30, 2025. 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 2024.


Please describe and justify the budget request, noting any outside sources of support, along with a table similar to the examples provided below, the department ID the funds will be transferred to, and the name and email 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: Awards must be used for graduate student stipend and tuition.

Total available funding: Total is $150,000. Most awards will be $30,000 or less, but larger amounts may be funded with appropriate justification. All awards are contingent upon legislative allocation.

Program Enhancement Budget
Faculty Deptarment ID:
Fiscal Contact to Process Award (name, email):
Program Enhancement Budget Notes Amount
Salary OPS $9,500
Fringe @ 1.7% $161
Total CLUE Request $9,661
Sample Processing $7,500
Total Cost Share $7,500
Graduate Student Budget
Faculty Deptarment ID:
Fiscal Contact to Process Award (name, email):
Graduate Student Budget Amount
Stipend for 12 month .50 FTE $22,754
Fringe @ 11.8% $2,685
Tuition/Fees $10,770
Total CLUE Request $30,000
Remaining Student Cost $6,209
Total Cost Share $6,209

Important Dates

  • Proposals due – January 19, 2024, 11:59 p.m.
  • Notification – On or about February 23, 2024

Submit proposals to: Melissa Friedman. Proposals will be accepted by e-mail until January 19, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your proposal.

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 10
Collaboration with CLUE faculty/affiliate faculty, state specialists, and/or county faculty 15
Clear plan for future extramural funding 5
Innovation 10
Deliverables include peer-reviewed research and/or extension publication 10
Voluntary cost-share (preferred is extramural funds but must be direct cost or extramural in-kind) 15
Stayed within/met proposal format guidelines, including clear budget breakdown and details for processing the award 10
Actively participates in CLUE activities 10
Total Points 100

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022-23 Combined Program Enhancement and Graduate Student Support Grant.

Projects funded through FY 2022-23
PI Co-PIs/Collaborators Title
Eban Bean Irrigation conservation potential for top-dressing turfgrasses with compost
Gail Hansen Mike Volk, Belinda Nettles Investigating alternative approaches and techniques for designing ecology-based landscapes for urban residential lots
Basil Iannone Patrick Bohlen, Adam Dale, Mark Hostetler, Pierce Jones, Jennison Kipp Restoring food web resources in residential landscapes: Are native landscaping plants helping?
Ryan Klein Andrew Koeser, Laura Warner, Paul Monaghan, Larry Figar, Eric North Urban forestry stewardship: Teaching volunteers how to structurally prune young trees
Andrew Koeser Mysha Clarke, Deb Hilbert, Mary Lusk, Lara Roman, Laura Warner, Elise Willis Greening development: Curbing urban tree canopy loss and increasing green infrastructure adoption through incentives
Mary Lusk Kate Rotindo and Dylan Barr Streets don’t grow: A research and extension project to improve water supply and water quality by eliminating wasteful application of reclaimed water used for urban irrigation
Chris Marble Adam Dale, Erin Harlow Determining the causal agent of galling damage on Florida ornamentals
A.J. Reisinger Urbanization effects on stream energy dynamics
Bryan Unruh Basil Iannone, Ann Blount, Adam Dale, Kevin Kenworthy Statewide evaluation of novel turfgrass and perennial peanut mixtures that enhance ecosystem services
Laura Warner Jaret Daniels, Adam Dale, John Diaz, Emily Marois, Dharmendra Kalauni Identifying opportunities to increase urban consumer demand for landscape maintenance activities that support wildlife corridors