VI-EPSCoR's Incubator Grants support researchers in exploring new avenues related to the project’s focus on Mare Nostrum Caribbean.VI-EPSCoR provides seed funding to researchers to support pilot research, proposal development, and other activities that advance a research project to the point at which it can attract competitive external funding.

Those who are interested in applying for an Incubator Grant may prepare a preliminary research concept submission. The goal of this process is to allow the steering committee to understand who is interested and what components will be forthcoming. Unlike normal pre-proposal applications, this process is to start a dialogue between the steering committee and you so that your ideas can be best integrated in a way that meets the group goal of achieving a successful external research grant. We want your input and your participation!

If your work can be integrated, the next step will be to develop a Scope of Work for your contribution, with specific deliverables that can be used in the larger proposal to NSF, and with a specific timeline.

The opportunities and limitations of support under the Montastraea Incubator are outlined here. You will note that details of the project are purposefully vague. We would like the details to emerge from the collaborative development of the project.

Grant proposals may be submitted to Dr. Richard Nemeth at