Travel Grants

Emergence Grant

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CPPG has created the Emergence Grant. Postdocs, graduate students, and junior staff who work in labs belonging to CPPG member faculty are eligible to apply.

Emergence grants can be used to:
  • Attend virtual meetings
  • Participate in virtual classes or online training
  • Acquire hardware to support participation in a virtual platforms
    If a computer is purchased, this hardware is owned by the UMN and utilized by the student/staff. The student/staff cannot retain the equipment if/when they graduate or leave the UMN. These items could be bought from the UMN at exit date for the retail market value at the time.

The four major goals of the Emergence grant are:

  • Expand CPPG member collaborations;
  • Expand CPPG member outreach activities;
  • Encourage involvement in STEM for underrepresented students, and
  • Produce a long-term impact


  • Awardees are not eligible to apply for funding on multiple occasions, i.e. only one award can be made to an individual.
  • Preference will be given to members of underrepresented groups.

Travel Grants

Graduate students, postdoctoral scientists and staff who work in labs belonging to the Center for Precision Plant Genomics are eligible to apply for the CPPG travel grant to attend scientific meetings, or for other scholarly pursuits.


  • Only one award per calendar year can be made to an individual.
  • A minimum of four applicants will be selected for awards in each grant season.
  • Preference will be given to women and members of underrepresented groups.
  • A limited number of awards will be available per lab each application cycle.

Summer: Mid-June for travel July 1st - December 31st of the current year.

Winter: Mid-December for travel January 1st - June 30th of the following year.