C-DEBI is the community-initiated means of providing the collaborative framework and support that we believe is needed for new research projects to be developed in the deep subsurface biosphere.
Research Grant Program
Apply for small grants in support of projects relating to C-DEBI research themes. We invite proposals up to $80,000 for projects that are relevant to deep biosphere research and in particular complement the scientific program of recent or scheduled IODP drilling expeditions.
Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
C-DEBI provides support for graduate student and postdoctoral fellowships awarded on the basis of scientific excellence and the appropriateness of the subject matter to Center objectives. The goal of the fellowship program is to stimulate the advancement of deep biosphere research through the training of a new generation of innovative scientists.
Research Exchange Program
C-DEBI facilitates scientific coordination and collaborations by supporting student, postdoctoral, and faculty exchanges to build, educate and train the deep subseafloor biosphere community. We award small research exchange grants for Center participants. These grants may be used to support research, travel for presenting C-DEBI research at meetings, or travel exchanges to other partner institutions or institutions that have new tools and techniques that can be applied to C-DEBI research.
Community Workshop Support
C-DEBI invites proposals for for community workshops that will help to advance C-DEBI’s central research agenda: to investigate the subseafloor biosphere deep in marine sediment and oceanic crust, and to conduct multi-disciplinary studies to develop an integrated understanding of subseafloor microbial life at the molecular, cellular, and ecosystem scales.
C-DEBI is currently taking stock of past, current, and future bioinformatic needs for the deep subseafloor biosphere community, including centralizing sequencing analysis tools, archiving data, and helping C-DEBI grantees with their bioinformatic needs. Requests for bioinformatic support should be made directly (in triplicate via e-mail) to Benjamin Tully (USC), John Heidelberg (USC), and Julie Huber (MBL) and include a brief scope of work and current status of the project. Together with the C-DEBI Executive Committee, projects will be prioritized and scope of support determined.