How To Apply

The application process for the 2014 SBI Strategies for Success course (June 10-12) is now closed.  All applicants will be notified of their status as soon as possible in April!

Who should apply?

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

How will the 2014 participants be selected?

Up to 20 participants will be selected to participate in the 2014 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, marketing, 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 in April 2014.

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 reduced course fee for 2014 is $600 per participant, and includes all course materials.  Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, we are able to support participants’ meal and accommodation costs, as well as to offer a travel stipend to all 2014 participants.

Many thanks to everyone who has applied.  If you have any questions please contact sbi@esa.org.