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Extramural Funding Opportunities

The ByWater Institute tracks and publicizes relevant funding opportunities for environmental research. Opportunities are posted to this page regularly. To receive notices about funding opportunities via email, please request to be added to our mailing list. To subscribe directly, send an email to with a blank subject line and "SUBSCRIBE CBR-L firstname lastname (or anonymous)" in the body of the email. (Note: do not include your signature or any other text.) Alternately, you may email and request to be added by the moderator. 

The ByWater Institute serves as the Tulane University representative in the Gluf Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (GC-CESU). The GC-CESU facilitates collaborative research, education and technical assistance pertaining to the human and natural environment, within and beyond the region, among federal and state agencies, universities and non-governmental organizations. As the representative for Tulane, we receive and disseminate special federal funding opportunities for university researches to work in cooperation with federal agencies.

For assistance with proposal preparation related to any of these opportunities, please contact us. Institute staff can assist with interdisciplinary team building and administrative proposal preparation activities. 

Proposal Submission

The ByWater Institute assists researchers with preparation and submission of proposals to extramural funders. The goal of this service is to help facilitate the work of interdisciplinary teams. Our staff can assist with developing budgets, preparing non-technical proposal sections, and liaising with the Sponsored Projects Administration. Our faculty can support team building across disciplines and provide advice on conducting interdisciplinary research and scholarship.

Institute Funding

ByWater Institute Faculty Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Collaboration

The Tulane ByWater Institute seeks to support collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship among Tulane University faculty by funding one-year fellowships beginning in 2018.

Deadline: Proposals submitted by December 18, 2017 will receive earliest consideration, but proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis thereafter as long as funding remains available. 
Award Amount: $10,000 to $25,000
Award Period: 1 year, commencing between January and June 2018
Eligibility: All full-time Tulane University faculty are eligible (tenured, tenure-track, professors of practice, clinical and research faculty).

Program Description
Advancing interdisciplinary collaboration is a key academic initiative of Tulane University, central to the mission of the ByWater Institute. This faculty fellowship program is linked with other efforts on campus to promote creativity, scholarship, and productivity such as the Lavin-Bernick Faculty Grants. The program aims to support work that addresses environmental problems—including those at the intersection of environment, society, and community—and that transcends traditional academic disciplines.  

The ByWater Institute is offering one-year fellowships to teams of Tulane University faculty in support of collaborative scholarship. Each team will work together during the funding period to develop and submit a research proposal for extramural funding.


Scholarly Residencies

A Studio in the Woods (ASITW) and the ByWater Institute seek to enhance and support the scholarship, creativity and cross-disciplinary activity of Tulane faculty and trainees by awarding one- to two-week residencies at A Studio in the Woods. These residencies are intended to provide a retreat for faculty and trainees across disciplines to work on a discrete project or scholarly pursuit that can be new or complementary to ongoing work. This opportunity may be considered similar to an artist residency, writing fellowship or grant-in-aid. Previous honorees have used the retreat to analyze data, write an article, prepare for a conference or begin a new project.

An annual call for proposals is issued during the late winter or early spring. Applications can be made singly, though collaborative trans-discipline team applications are encouraged. Please contact Ama Rogan, the director of ASITW, with questions about proposal submission.

This opportunity is open to all Tulane University faculty, postdoctoral fellows and advanced graduate students with awards expected in each category. Open to any discipline or area of research though preference will be given to collaborative, cross-disciplinary efforts.

The application period for Academic Year 16/17 is now closed. Check back here for future RFPs.

Words from AY14/15 Scholarly Residents:

"Although we sometimes forget it, conducting scientific studies and writing academic papers also requires a passion and creativity... I had such an incredible experience at ASITW that I plan to participate in a weekly writing retreat annually going forward. In sum, my experience at ASITW could not have been more powerful and fulfilling."

Courtney N. Baker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology


"In my time at the Studio in the Woods, I was able to think deeply and write reflectively on some of the most challenging areas of scholarship that I most need to get to, but are also the most difficult to get to because they require a reflective space. [The Studio] provided this needed sanctuary and retreat from the demands of academic life, to make this important scholarly contribution to the field and provide a framework/plan for my future work."

Catherine Burnette, Ph.D., LMSW
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work


"A Studio in the Woods is a rare and beautiful place to have the opportunity to collaborate with Tulane colleagues and external experts on one of the most difficult parts of research-writing up articles and submitting proposals for publication...the "woods" lends to the atmosphere of production and regeneration so palpable at the Studio."

Nathan Morrow
Research Assistant Professor, Payson Center for International Development


Research Vessels and Equipment

The Institute maintains research vessels and equipment for use by any Tulane University department. With proper training and experience, faculty and students may check out a boat or piece of equipment for use in their field of research.


2006 Maverick Pathfinder
21'10" fiberglass hull
Yamaha outboard motor

Photo of 2006 Maverick Pathfinder 21 foot 10 inch fiberglass hull Yamaha boat with outboard motor

2006 Southfork
16' aluminum hull
Mercury outboard motor

Photo of 2006 Southfork 16 foot aluminum hull Mercury boat with outboard motor


Mississippi River Observatory: In partnership with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, The Water Institute of the Gulf, and the Audubon Nature Institute, the Institute is monitoring water quality in the Mississippi River. The Observatory system comprises two instruments and a computer hub that are mounted to the floating dock at The Riverview (known locally as "The Fly") behind Audubon Zoo. Instruments measure colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM), conductivity, depth, fluorescence, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, oxygen saturation, salinity, temperature and turbidity. Data from the system is available to the general public and researchers around the world through the portal here.