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Funding Opportunities

LEEF grants

The LI-COR Environmental Education Fund (LEEF) program provides grants that cover a significant portion of each LEEF instrument package’s costs for any eligible institution. To apply, simply complete an online application. These are reviewed on a continuing basis, so you will be notified in approximately two to three weeks. Additionally, LI-COR will provide a mentor and assistance in the grant writing process.

Apply for a LEEF grant here.

For help in locating funds that cover your LEEF package’s remaining costs, please see the Additional funding section below.

Additional funding

While the LEEF program provides grants that help cover the costs of your LEEF package, there are other ways to find additional funding. Explore the resources listed below and the application considerations for helpful tips on funding your particular package.

Funding resources

Previous LEEF award recipients have indicated their additional funding comes from a variety of sources—such as university funds, science-based foundations and institutions, and large gift donations. The following are several additional funding opportunities you can explore:

University funds

  • Dean or president funds
  • Departmental funds

Foundations and institutions

  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) and its grant programs:
    • Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)
    • Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TUES) grants (Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
  • Smithsonian Institution Educational Outreach Fund
  • Federal agencies (e.g., DOE, USDA, USGS, EPA, NASA)

Application considerations

There are several ways to compile a well-prepared application to increase your chance of successful funding. For instance, a detailed course proposal outlining the use of the LEEF package in your classroom can be very helpful. Determine the grant for which you are going to apply, then get the necessary proposal and submission instructions for that grant. Some grants require a letter of intent by the appropriate deadline. Letters of intent may need to include the scope of your proposal and a proposal outline. Review the scope and outline of courses that have been implemented at other universities, then develop a plan that best suits your particular goals.

Prepared letters of intent for each LEEF package can be found on the Application Information page.