How To Apply

The application process for the June 21-23, 2016 SBI Strategies for Success course is now open!  Please read the information below carefully before applying.

Who should apply?

Ideal applicants include experienced Directors and Principal Investigators of biological infrastructure projects (such as digital data resources, museum and living stocks collections, field stations, labs, and marine laboratories) that have been established for at least two years.

How will the 2016 participants be selected?

Up to 25 participants will be selected to participate in the 2016 course.  We are looking for Directors or PIs of projects that have direct relevance to the biological research community, and who are able to express their need and preparedness for training in business planning and communication. Participants will be selected based on these qualities, and to ensure an appropriate mix of project and participant diversity.  Participants will be notified of their acceptance status as soon as possible.

What information do I need to complete the application?

The application is short, consisting of three pages, and should only take a few minutes to complete if you prepare your responses to the short answer questions in advance.  We’ll ask you for some basic contact details and biographical information, some general information about your project (including current and planned funding sources), and you’ll need to answer the following questions, limiting your responses to 100 words or less:

  • Describe your project’s purpose and user base.
  • How is your project valuable to your user community, and to the wider biological research community?
  • What are your current most pressing financial and programmatic sustainability concerns?
  • What do you hope to accomplish at your project by attending the Strategies for Success course?

How much will it cost?

The fee to attend SBI’s Strategies for Success course is $975 per participant and includes all course materials, plus lunches and refreshments during the three course days. The course fee does not include accommodation and other meals, or travel to and from the course.

We always strive to hold our courses at facilities with reasonable costs. For reference, course participants who stayed onsite at our June 2015 course could purchase a comprehensive meeting package (including dinner, accommodation, and breakfast) for approximately $139 per person, per night.

Many thanks for your interest in the SBI Strategies for Success course!  If you have any questions please contact sbi@esa.org.

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