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Here are the nine endowment requests we had received:
Received for October 2011 IPS Endowment Fund Grants
The nine (9) complete (and compliant) IPS Endowment Fund proposals received are listed below in an alphabetical order with the order having no bearing on consideration of any of these funding applications.
(1). Belize Botanic Gardens, Belize, submitted by Heather duPlooy and Sinead McCormick (submitted in August 2010.) Grant Application requested funds “to educate Belizean schoolchildren on the importance and pleasures of botanic diversity and preservation via a holistic field experience that focuses on indigenous Belizean palms, their uses and sustainability” with a target group of “at least 660 school children.” A secondary objective is: “To improve our existing infrastructure so that we can accommodate more school children and adults for educational purposes in the future, with conservation-related educational displays, hands-on educational activities, conferences and meetings on-site.” Funding request to IPS is for US$5,000 (with another $3,310 being provided toward the project by the BBG itself).
(2). Ángela Cano, Graduate Student in MS Biology program, University of Geneva, Switzerland, under direction of Dr. Fred Stauffer (Curator, Researcher in Neotropical Palmae. Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève), Dr. Mathieu Perret (Curator, Researcher in Gesneriaceae. Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève) and Dr. Daniel Jeanmonod (Senior Professor at the University of Geneva, Switzerland). Monographic Revision and Phylogenetic Position of the Genus Trithrinax Mart. In the Neotropical Tribe Crysophilaea (Arecaceae: Coryphoideae). [Financial needs of this research project are divided in two categories: fieldwork and molecular analysis. The amount requested from The IPS will be used to cover most of the costs of molecular analysis [DNA Extraction, PCR, Purification of PCR products, DNA sequencing (3 loci/100 samples)], (with the field work $6,800 being separately funded by Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT) and Bourse Augustin Lombard)]. The request to IPS is for US$3,000 (with an additional $1,150 being provided by Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques (CJB)).
(3). Dr. Thomas L.P. Couvreur, Researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Montpellier, France.; Phylogeny and biogeography of the African rattan subtribe Ancistrophyllinae (Calamoideae). Funding request to IPS is for US$4,880.00 to “undertake a one-month field trip to South Cameroon, in the Campo Ma’an National Park and surroundings in order to collect rattan and other palm species.” The data collected will help generate a species level phylogeny of the subtribe Ancistrophyllinae in order to clarify the relationships between species and the biogeography of the clade in relation to the evolution of African tropical rain forests. A complete proposal with budget and supporting CVs was received in December 2009. Partial funding would be acceptable.
(4). Dr. Henry Ford, Great Pulteney St, Bath BA2 4DL UK , together with Dr B.S. Kholia, Botanical Survey of India, Sikkim Himalayan Circle, P. O. Raj-Bhawan, Baluwakhani, Gangtok, Sikkim - 737 103, INDIA and Dr. John Beeching, School of Biological Sciences, Bath University, Bath, UK. Execute proposed plan for the conservation of Trachycarpus takil. A complete proposal with budget and supporting CVs was received in December 2010. Request to IPS is for £875 (US$1,442 at May 2011 rate of exchange). Partial funding would be acceptable as long as it covers air fare and transport (£650.00 or ~US$1,070).
(5) Dr. Andrew Henderson (The New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, NY, USA) and Christine Bacon, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523. A Revision of Rhapis, based on Morphological and Molecular Data. . A complete proposal with budget and supporting CVs was received in December 2010. Request to IPS is for US$5,876. Partial funding would be acceptable.
(6). Alejandro Hernandez Yañez, Biologist working with The Nature Conservancy in Chiapas, Mexico, with project advice from Miguel Angel Perez Farrera, Ph.D. in natural resources, working at Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas. Conservation and sustainable production of palms and cycads in mountain of Chiapas, Mexico. A complete proposal with budget and supporting CVs was received in December 2010. Funding request to IPS is for US$8,500. Partial funding would be acceptable if not under the threshold amount of US$3,600.
(7). Miguel Angel Perez Farrera, Ph.D. in natural resources, working at Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas with additional project work by Eduardo Estanislao Espinoza Medinilla (Facultad de Topografía, Ciudad Universitaria Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas) and Sergio Lopez Mendoza and Alejandro Nettel Hernanz (both with Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas). Ecology and Genetic Variation of Endangered Palms of Southern Mexico. A complete proposal with budget and supporting CVs was received in December 2010 – with some remaining questions adequately answered in Miguel’s follow-up email of 18 January 2011. Funding request to IPS is for US$18,500. Partial funding would be acceptable if not under the threshold amount of US$13,000 needed “to pay a scholarship or to pay a laboratory tecnical”.
(8). Dr. Deborah Woodcock, Ph.D. in PaleoBotany, Marsh Institute, Clark School of Geography, Worcester MA 01610, The Piedra Chamana palm fossils: diversity and paleoenvironmental significance. Full proposal with budget and supporting CV was received in December 2010. Funding request to IPS is for US$3,980. Partial funding would be acceptable.
(9). Yusuf Abdusaheed Olabisi (A. O. Yusuf) research officer in Plant Breeding at the Nigerian Institute For Oil Palm Research (NIFOR), Benin City, Nigeria, with Co-Principal Investigator Dr. E. C. Okolo, (Director of Research (Cytogenetic & Plant Breeding), NIFOR, plus other collaborating NIFOR investigators as listed in full proposal. Conservation, rehabilitation, flora studies and reproduction of palms species in NIFOR palmetum. Full proposal with budget and supporting CVs (embedded within main proposal document) was received in December 2010. Funding request to IPS is for US$5,133.33. Partial funding would be acceptable. Primary need is “for proper rehabilitation of the palmetum in order to save the remaining palms from extinction and also enable more palms to be introduced and for proper studies to be commenced.”