Solid Waste Research Program - Student Applications

Proposals are sought for research into alternative methods of solid waste disposal, including the reduction of the amount of solid waste generated, the reuse and recycling of materials, composting, source separation and the disposal of household hazardous waste.  Research proposals may consider the environmental effects of the technologies being researched and measures that could be taken to mitigate such effects.  Applied research designed to provide benefits to persons who generate solid waste and to public and private entities responsible for collection, storage, transportation, treatment or disposal of solid waste, is encouraged.  Proposals are also sought for projects that will develop products or increase markets for products made from recycled materials.

Joint proposals in which industrial, business, or governmental organizations collaborate with UW System faculty or staff in addressing these issues are especially encouraged and will be given special consideration.  In such joint proposals, the organization is strongly encouraged to provide resources in the form of direct monetary or in-kind contributions in support of the proposed research projects.

Deadlines for Student Applications:

  • UW-La Crosse deadline -  March 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. (one week prior to System deadline to the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) in 220 Morris Hall)
    • UW-System transmittal form (internal document) - signed by PIs, faculty/staff advisor, chair/unit director, and associate dean/division director. Your associate dean/division director will also be signing for any matching funds, including the required fringe benefits match.
    • Final draft of your proposal - this should include all of the required elements in "final" form. Please note you may receive feedback for required corrections or editorial suggestions from your dean's office or ORSP.
  • UW System deadline - March 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
    • Submit the approved application electronically to Eileen Norby at
    • Be sure to copy the other student PI on the grant (if applicable), your faculty/staff advisor, and on your proposal submission email.

Special Notes for Faculty/Staff Advisors:

  • You may serve as advisor on a maximum of two grant proposals/projects.
  • Your student(s) should be listed as the PI/PD on the grant. When routing the internal transmittal form, please be sure that a student is listed as the PI/PD and that you are listed as a co-PI.
  • Fringe benefits are not covered by the grant. Please contact your college/division office to obtain a commitment for the necessary funds. If you are unsure of how much is required, you and/or your student(s) may contact ORSP for budgeting assistance.
  • Please assist your student(s) in routing the transmittal form for the appropriate signatures. Be sure to begin routing in time to meet UW-L deadlines.

Proposal Components - see website for RFP and application form

  • Cover sheet - last page of RFP (must be signed by the faculty/staff advisor's department chair or unit director AND the campus grants officer
  • Narrative (up to 5 pages0
  • Faculty / academic staff advisor letter
  • Letter(s) of support from collaborators (if any)
  • Bibliography
  • Transcript
  • Institutional endorsement - contact Melissa Nielsen early in your planning process

Additional Information