The Deep Life Community (DLC) of the Deep Carbon Observatory invites proposals for short-term funding of exploratory projects and/or activities aimed at addressing the DLC’s decadal goals and/or strengthening the international DLC community and its abilities to generate funding for new and ongoing initiatives.
The DLC, which explores the evolutionary and functional diversity of Earth’s deep biosphere and its interactions with the carbon cycle, embraces three primary Decadal Goals: 1) Determine the processes that define the diversity and distribution of deep life as it relates to the carbon cycle; 2) Determine the environmental limits of deep life; and 3) Determine the interactions between deep life and carbon cycling.
The DLC has identified a number of key tasks of direct relevance to our ability to reach our decadal goals. For example, we must improve life detection capabilities, develop new tracer approaches to track the flow of carbon into biomolecules and cells, and advance our ability to measure the interrelationship between composition of carbonaceous materials and deep life. The DLC Steering Committee encourages submission of ideas for modest short-term support that will address these and other relevant or meritorious efforts with high potential to attract new funding. Examples of supported activities include: 1) Laboratory research; 2) Travel to field sites to collect samples of key importance; 3) Support of working groups and workshops to synthesize data for publication of Deep Life research, and/or to develop interdisciplinary collaborations; 4) Travel to work with collaborators on the preparation of new proposals; or 5) Other activities that would advance Deep Life Science.
A successful proposal will meet the following criteria: 1) Requests for support must address unresolved questions related to deep life and its decadal goals; 2) Requests must identify the potential for attracting additional funding resources and the description must outline a plan for seeking new research support; 3) the amount of requested support can range from $1000 to $25,000; and 4) The supported project/activity must conclude within six-months of receiving the award. View the Deep Life funded initiatives for 2014-2015 (.pdf).
The Scientific Steering Committee of the DLC will review the merits of proposals and render recommendations for funding to the Co-Chairs. Decisions for supporting an activity will consider a proposal’s impact on one or more Decadal Goals; its potential for building the DL – DCO community and/or leveraging other funding; its influence on fostering collaborative science and synthesis of knowledge across the different DLC and DCO themes and/or international borders; proposed activities too risky for funding agencies; and novel opportunities with immediate funding requirements.
The DLC will accept 3 to 4 page, electronic submissions using the DLC proposal submission template prior to May 1st, 2015. Project periods will run from June 1st 2015 thru Dec 1st, 2015. Proposals should be submitted electronically as a single PDF-file to the DLC co-chairs Drs. Mitchell Sogin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kai-Uwe Hinrichs (email@example.com). The DLC Steering Committee (listed right) will review applications and make awards beginning in January 2014. The duration of any award may be up to 6 months. Final progress reports must be submitted within 1 month after termination of the project. More information concerning the goals of the Deep Life Community can be downloaded here.
Applicants should direct questions about planned submissions to the DLC co-chairs Drs. Mitchell Sogin and Kai-Uwe Hinrichs, or to DLC Steering Committee members.