The Nucleation Grant is intended to support the development of a close collaboration between an early-stage researcher, their doctoral advisor, and a PL researcher on a project of relevance to PL's research interests. The project should be developed in consultation with a PL sponsor. The Protocol Labs Nucleation Grant consists of:
- A graduate student stipend in the amount of $40,000 per year for two years for a PhD student who has qualified as a doctoral candidate at the time of application.
- A mobility grant in the amount of $3,000 to the PhD Fellow to support travel to one PL Research Summit and any other conference or research-related travel of their choosing.
- A mobility grant in the amount of $3,000 to the PhD Fellow's advisor to support travel to one PL Research Summit and any other conference or research-related travel of their choosing.
- A one-course teaching buyout for the PhD Fellow's advisor to support closer participation in the PhD Fellow's research project.
PhD students in Nucleation Grant collaborations will be invited to participate in biweekly meetings of the PL independent Research team and a quarterly internal meeting of Protocol Labs researchers. Nucleation Grant recipients will also be invited to discuss their research at annual PL-hosted research symposia.
This application may be submitted by the PhD candidate, their PI, or an administrative staff member from the host institution. The submitter will serve as the primary point of contact for all communications regarding this application.
Evaluation of applications will occur in two rounds: one for applications received on or before the second Thursday of April, and a second round for applications received on or before the second Thursday of September. Decisions will normally be made and communicated to applicants within four weeks of these submission deadlines. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nucleation Grant applicants will receive much more serious consideration if they are actively participating in Protocol Labs discussion forums on problems of interest to us or if they are actively engaged in direct conversations with Protocol Labs research groups about possible collaborations.