The Zoological Lighting Institute™ provides grants right now to support our mission, and seeks to fund post-doctorate positions. Your aid, whether financial or in effort, will improve animal welfare and protect the biodiversity of environments that we all depend upon.

GRANTS

Guidelines for Submission (See Below)
Deadline for submission: May 1 2019

 

PhotoScience Grants

Grants-in-Aid of Photobiology Research fund graduate student research in photo-biology, insofar as such research furthers our mission to support the sciences of life and light through the arts for animal welfare and wildlife conservation.

ZLI offers 8 awards of up to $500 USD to eligible graduate students and postdocs across seven different sub-disciplines of photobiology, as well as a cross-disciplinary award to promote inclusion in the sciences:

1) Physiology: Bio-photon research;

2) Physiology: Organic molecular chemistry;

3) Sensory ecology: Animal Eyes;

4) Sensory ecology: Animal Coloration and Luminous Environments;

5) Sensory ecology: light interactions with other sensory modalities (i.e. chemical, acoustic, tactile, and seismic);

6) Macro-ecology: Chrono-biology and light;

7) Macro-ecology: Spatial distribution of animals and light;

8) Broadening participation in Photobiology research (the PhotoDiversity Grant).

 

Sustainable Design Grants

The ZLI Sustainable Design Grant Program is a newly initiated program intended to encourage attention to light and lighting within animal friendly, sustainable design fields. Sustainable and socially responsible design is incomplete without attention to animals and the biodiversity they represent. Animals and their ecosystems cannot survive without natural light occurring in natural cycles. Due to unprecedented amounts of light pollution in the environment, this now requires innovative design concepts and products to provide. The ZLI Sustainable Design Grant Program seeks to advance design in order to account properly for natural light in necessary ways that have not yet been achieved.

ZLI offers 4 awards of up to $1000 USD each to eligible students and designers across three different sub-disciplines of design:

1) Fashion

2) Architecture

3) Product Design

In addition, one award will be granted to a designer successful in broadening cultural, economic participation in photobiology research (the PhotoDiversity Grant).

 

Post Doctorates

Luminous Husbandry Post Doctorates
The Zoological Lighting Institute seeks to create three $100,000.00 Post-doctorate positions, of which we are currently seeking funding. These positions will be offered to scholars improving the care of aquatic animals, amphibians, birds, insects, reptiles and mammals. Please contact ZLI at admin@zoolighting.org today to support this work, or to embark upon these scholarships in a cause-marketing relationship with ZLI.

Luminous Environmental Science Post Doctorates
The Zoological Lighting Institute seeks to create three $100,000 Post-doctorate position, to support research on projects related to the role of light quality in crucial environments. These scholarships will be distributed across terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Please contact ZLI at admin@zoolighting.org today to support this work, or to embark upon these scholarships in a cause-marketing relationship with ZLI.

 

Eligibility Requirements

Photo-Sciences Grants:

Awards are limited to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Awards may fund preliminary and/or ongoing research. Awards may also fund an isolated research project completely, or a larger project benefiting from additional funding sources. Awards will be granted to the best proposal in each of the aforementioned sub-disciplines, and is open to studies across all animal classes and/or biomes. However, ZLI is currently pursuing several projects and campaigns related to insects, sea turtles and birds. Research into the relationships of light in these arenas is currently a top priority, but all photobiology proposals falling within the above sub-categories will be fully considered.

Awards are made payable to the individual recipients and no part of an award may be used for the payment of indirect costs to the recipient’s institution. All funds must be expended directly in support of the proposed investigation.

Furthermore, funds can be used for direct costs of research (equipment, supplies, travel to research sites). Funds cannot be used for salaries (for either/or the principal researcher and technicians) nor for conference travel. Any equipment purchased will become the property of the proposal author. Awards are made in amounts of up to a maximum of $500 USD.

 

Sustainable Design Grants:

Awards are open to registered design school students and design school graduates in practice seeking to bring a particular concept to market.

Awards may fund preliminary and/or ongoing research in addition to a particular product or project. Awards may fund an isolated research project completely, or a larger project benefiting from additional funding sources. Awards will be granted to the best proposal in each of the aforementioned sub-disciplines, and is open to work impacting all animal classes and/or biomes. However, ZLI is currently pursuing several projects and campaigns related to insects, sea turtles and birds. Research into design based upon these classes, and the relationships of light to them, is currently a top priority, but all proposals falling within the above sub-categories will be fully considered.

Awards are made payable to the individual recipients and no part of an award may be used for the payment of indirect costs to the recipient’s institution. All funds must be expended directly in support of the proposed project or product and ZLI retains marketing rights to products and projects it supports in order to advance its mission.

Furthermore, funds can be used for direct costs of research (equipment, supplies, travel to research sites). Funds cannot be used for salaries (for either/or the principal researcher or technicians) nor for conference travel. Any equipment purchased will become the property of the proposal author. Awards are made in amounts of up to a maximum of $1000 USD.

ZLI’S SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT, AVALON OWENS

Avalon Owens is a Ph.D. student in the Lewis Lab at Tufts University. She obtained her B.A. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard Unversity, and a Master’s in Entomology from National Taiwan University. In Taiwan, she worked in the Yang Lab studying the impact of ambient light on the flash behavior of a local firefly, Aquatica ficta. She discovered that A. ficta respond to short wavelength (blue or green) light, but are much less sensitive to wavelengths above 590 nm (orange to red). When put under short wavelength light, these fireflies flashed less frequently, but the average intensity of their flashes increased – that is to say, they flashed more brightly so that they could still be seen against the illuminated background!

Following this exciting discovery, Avalon has thrown herself into the burgeoning field of artificial night lighting research, keeping her focus on fireflies. Under the helpful guidance of international firefly legend Sara Lewis, she has begun an in-depth investigation into the effects of light pollution on the behavior and fitness of North American fireflies. She is particularly interested in these questions:

  • What are the effects of ambient light on courtship and mating?
  • Can fireflies escape from illuminated habitats, and do they?
  • Are dusk-active fireflies more resilient to light pollution than night-active ones?
  • How do urban fireflies manage to adapt to life in light polluted habitats?

In the long term, Avalon hopes to collaborate with the ZLI to develop firefly-friendly lighting regimes for use in public and private firefly habitats, in order to help minimize the impact of artificial light and keep affected firefly populations happy and healthy for many generations to come.

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