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The grant program is administered by the Grants Committee of the Stuntz Mycology Fund. Please address questions and completed applications to Dr. Steven Trudell, Grants Committee Chair (mycecol[at]uw.edu).

Grant Program Guidelines

(Revised July 2018)

Guiding Principles for Granting

The object of the Stuntz Mycology Fund (SMF) grant program is to provide financial support for mycological research and education in the Pacific Northwest. Although a wide range of mycological subjects can be considered, priority will be given to projects involving mushroom-forming fungi (“macrofungi,“ “macromycetes“), as they were the focus of Dr. Stuntz’s research. Applicants do not necessarily have to reside in the Pacific Northwest as long as the research involves or pertains to Pacific Northwest fungi or the educational activity takes place in the Pacific Northwest and benefits the Pacific Northwest mycological community.

For purposes of the SMF grant program, the Pacific Northwest is considered to comprise Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana, southern British Columbia, and southeast and south-coastal Alaska. The SMF and its supporting organization, the Daniel E. Stuntz Memorial Foundation (DESMF), are small organizations and, as such, SMF must limit the size of the grants we award. We aim to award grants totaling approximately 5% of the DESMF’s corpus each year, with a maximum of 10% in any calendar year. Most past awards have been for less than $10,000, and the largest has been under $15,000. Given the limited resources, SMF favorably views projects that have obtained (or will obtain) matching (or greater) funding from other sources.

In order for an award to be made, a grant application must be approved by a simple majority of the SMF Board of Trustees (for most Individual and Institutional Grants) or the SMF Grants Committee (for Mini and Small Grants, and for selected Individual and Institutional Grants for $1000 or less).

Each grant application must include a proposed budget that shows how the requested funds would be used. Depending on the grant category and specific nature of the proposed research or educational activity, allowable costs could include items such as travel expenses, laboratory analyses, stipends or honorariums, compensation for non-salaried individuals such as undergraduate or graduate students, expendable supplies, and equipment. Salary, institutional overhead, and page charges are not allowable costs except under extraordinary conditions. Support for attendance at a professional society meeting in order to present results of a SMF-supported project will be considered, but generally will not be awarded in advance of the project work being carried out successfully. Budgets should include sufficient detail, such as descriptions of items, numbers of samples, quantities required, unit costs, and total costs, to allow reviewers to clearly understand the request and to be able to match the budget details with the description of the proposed activities.

The Dr. Patricia Allynson Winter Fund comprises roughly half of the DESMF’s resources and the late Dr. Winter directed that grants from this Fund reflect her expressed priorities. Thus, consideration of applications that would be awarded from the Winter Fund (as determined by SMF) will be guided by Dr. Winter’s following order of preference:

  1. Female students of mycology who plan to continue in the teaching profession
  2. Other students of mycology
  3. Post-doctoral research or study in mycology
  4. General support of mycology classes or activities
  5. Expenses for visiting lecturing professional mycologists
  6. Amateur mycology students and/or support of their activities

The foregoing order of preference does not apply to consideration of applications that would be awarded outside the Winter Fund.

Types of Grant

There are four categories of grant ‐ Mini, Small, Individual, and Institutional:

  • Mini: These grants typically are awarded to K ‐ 12 teachers or other educators in the Pacific Northwest for purposes such as purchasing supplies for class or individual student (such as school science fair) projects that relate to fungi. The maximum amount of a single award is $250. They are intended for quick-turnaround, with disbursal of funds made within 30 days of receipt of a complete application whenever possible.
  • Small: These grants typically are awarded to mushroom clubs/societies and other similar organizations as matching funds for purposes such as purchasing mycological books and visual media, purchasing audio-visual equipment, and conducting educational events such as forays and lectures by guest speakers. The awards will generally be under $1000. They are intended for quick-turnaround, with disbursal of funds made within 30 days of receipt of a complete application whenever possible.
  • Individual: These grants are awarded directly to individuals who normally are not working under the auspices of a college/university, herbarium/fungarium, museum, or other not-for-profit organization.
  • Institutional: These grants are awarded to students, researchers, or teachers who are affiliated with, or are working under the auspices of, a college/university, herbarium/fungarium, museum, or other not-for-profit organization. All funds are to be used for the proposed research or educational activities; salary and institutional overhead are not allowable costs except under extraordinary conditions.

Application forms can be downloaded here:

Mini Grant application form
Small Grant application form
Individual Grant application form
Institutional Grant application form

Past Grant Recipients:

  • M.S., Stephen Rehner, 1984

    Thesis title: "A survey of agarics in Artemisia-Agropyron shrub-steppe and Salix communities of Grant Co., Washington"
  • M.S., Lu-hsi Shih, 1986 (non-thesis)

    "Basidia cytology of Laccaria species"
  • Ph.D., Stephen Rehner, 1989

    "Systematics, Mating Compatibility and Ribosomal DNA Variation in Agrocybe, section Pediadeae"
  • M.A.T., Judy Stanhope, 1990

    “A comparative study of the upper cortex of Platismatia glauca from rural and urban habitats in western Washington state”
  • M.S., Glenn Walker, 1995 (non-thesis)

    “A preliminary study of the macrofungus species richness in mature and old-growth Picea sitchensis/Tsuga heterophylla forests of the Olympic Peninsula”
  • Ph.D., Yajuan Liu, 1995

    “Molecular evolutionary studies of Dermocybe and Cortinarius species”
  • M.S., Marcangelo Puccio, 1996 (non-thesis)

    Paper: “Distribution of RAPD phenotypes in a natural population of Coprinus velox”
  • Ph.D., Katie Glew, 1998

    “Distribution and Diversity of Alpine Lichens: Biotic and Abiotic Factors Influencing Alpine Lichen Communities in the Northeast Olympic and North Cascade Mountains”
  • Ph.D., Lorelei Norvell, 1998

    “The biology and taxonomy of Pacific Northwest species of Pheocollybia Heim (Agaricales, Cortinariaceae)”
  • Ph.D., Michelle Seidl, 1999

    “Systematic studies in Cortinarius (Agaricales, Cortinariaceae) subgenus Myxacium, sections Defibulati and Myxacium in western North America”
  • M.S., Briana Timmerman, 1999

    “Dispersal in epigeous basidiomycetes: What the probability of spore settlement into various habitats and the size and relatedness of genets suggest about how fungal populations evolve and spread”
  • M.S., Suzanne Joneson, 2003

    “Ramalina of the Kuril Islands -- Phylogenetics of the Ramalina almquistii species complex”
  • Ph.D., P. Brandon Matheny, 2003

    “Molecular Systematics and Taxonomic Contributions Towards the Inocybaceae
  • Ph.D. Noelle Machnicki: in progress (Co-supervisor Josh Tewksbury) – UW

  • Ph.D. Lili Fang: in progress - UW


Grant Program Guidelines

Application Forms

Past Grant Recipients