Mini-Grant Guidelines and Application Procedure

Louisiana State University Superfund Research Program (LSU-SRP) supports interdisciplinary training and educational opportunities of the postdoctoral and graduate students and invites proposals for mini-grants.  The mini-grants will be used specifically for breaking ground in new interdisciplinary areas of research important for furthering the aims and goals of the participants in the program.  


Postdoctoral and graduate students enrolled in the LSU-SRP program are eligible to apply for SRP mini-grants.


Mini grant support will be provided for new avenues of study that hybridize the talents and challenge the intellect and creativity of SRP trainees.  It is anticipated that 10–15 mini-grants will be funded each year at the $500–$1,000 level.  The Program is seeking individual proposals for amounts not exceeding $1,000.

Mini-grants may include, but are not limited to:

  • support for research, using instrumentation or methods not currently available at LSU/LSUHSC;
  • data collection and analysis for an existing project or for a new project; and
  • access to supplies required to make specialized measurements.

Note: Mini-grant support will not be provided for existing studies at LSU/LSUHSC.

Grant monies are offered through reimbursement of expenses and must be accompanied by the documentation of expenditures.

Application procedure and proposal review:

Applicants should submit a short application (single space, 1” margins, Arial 12, 2–4 pages, inclusive of figures and references) to the training core leader, Dr. Robin L. McCarley.  The applications must include the following information: a brief statement of the purpose, the project plans and expected results, locations, participants, and a detailed budget.

A selection committee composed of members of the LSU-SRP team will review each proposal.  The major criteria for evaluation will be the degree to which the proposed work will substantially augment the research capabilities/knowledge of the applicant.

Application deadline:

Proposals will be accepted on or before February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 of each year and then will be evaluated with decisions rendered by the 15th of the following month.

For more information please contact Dr. Robin L. McCarley at