Ivory Tower, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to foster and support research and education related to Fermentation Sciences. This includes fundamental and applied scientific research as well as topics related to sociology, culture, and economics. Fund raising efforts by Ivory Tower provide research grant opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at Appalachian State University. The research may be conducted at home, at school, or at work; the intention is to support curiosity and innovation and provide a conduit for broader discussions within our discipline.
Ivory Tower invites all undergraduate and graduate students to submit research proposals for the 2018-2019 funding cycle. There are three proposals categories that will be considered: 1) a General Award, open to all applicants, 2) a Minority Award for students from underrepresented populations in fermentation related fields, including military veterans, and 3) a Women in Fermentation Award, open to any woman conducting research in fermentation science. Research proposals may cover any aspect relevant to the Fermentation Sciences. Proposals should effectively communicate the rationale for the intended project and the benefit to the Fermentation Sciences Community. The principle investigator must clearly explain the relevance of and need for this type of research to the reviewers. Topics may include applied scientific research into fermented foods, beverages, biofuels, or bioprocessing or topics relating to social, economic, or cultural aspects of fermentation sciences. Funding may also support targeted and comprehensive literature reviews of industry or socially relevant topics appropriate for book publication or as a review article in peer-reviewed literature. Ivory Tower encourages creativity, innovation, curiosity, and a diversity of approaches to answering important questions. Funds can be used at the proposer’s discretion, but all spending must be justified in the budget narrative. Attached your will find the official announcement and all necessary information. We look forward to your proposal. Prost,Christy