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Pilot Grants

An important component of the UNM-CSI mission is providing support for UNM students interested in applying stable isotopes to their own research. To facilitate this, CSI awards small pilot grants to pay analytical costs associated with stable isotope analysis. This is a short (1-2 pages; max 1000 words) proposal that would provide $500 towards analytical costs to generate pilot data for larger proposals. See our Sample Submission page for details regarding per sample analytical costs for routine isotope analysis at UNM–CSI. 

To submit a proposal for a pilot grant, just email the document in pdf format to: There are 3 submission deadlines every year, as follows:

February 15 ; June 15; October 15


Guidelines for Pilot Grants

  • 1 per year per student (graduate or undergraduate)
  • 1-2 pages, MAXIMUM OF 1000 words including in-text citations
  • Reference section may be on a separate page, and should follow formatting guidelines of a peer-reviewed journal
  • Times New Roman, 11pt font, 1” margins
  • Should include the following sections:
    • Problem/Background/Research Q’s (500 word max)
    • Methods/Samples (250 word max)
    • Implications/Predictions of Results (250 word max)
    • References/Literature Cited (not included in word count)

Download a Pilot Grant Example.

Past reciepients of Pilot Grant Awards:


Rosalee Reese (Department of Biology) - Retrospective food web analysis of the Gila River: Do interactions between non-native and native fishes intensify during drought?

Marie Westover (Department of Biology) -Drivers of distribution and density at the edge of a threatened species (American pika:Ochotona princeps) distribution


Eva Dettweiler-Robinson (Department of Biology): Do fungi transfer nutrients between plants and biocrusts?

Jarek Kwiecinski (Department of Biology): Impacts of altered precipitation regimes on the spatial distribution of dryland soil nitrogen                                                                                                

Brittney H. Coe (Department of Biology): Using modern day tools to understand current and historic dietary preferences in desert small mammal communities

Adam Barkalow (Department of Biology): Investigating feeding ecology and resource of larval Catostomidae in the Colorado River within the Grand Canyon

Laura Pages Barcelo (Department of Biology): Exploring the use of hydrogen isotopes in marine ecosystems to better understand sea turtle diet

Deborah Boro (Department of Biology): Tissue incorporation windows under field conditions

Kelsey Cook (Department of Biology): Investigating niche-partitioning among three epiphytic orchids via mycorrhizal associations