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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-

Types of Grant

Applications for Mini Grants and Small Grants, and for Individual and Institutional Grants of $1000 or less, will be accepted at any time. Applications for Individual Grants and Institutional Grants of more than $1000 are due by 1 March and 1 October each year in order to be considered at our spring and fall Board meetings, respectively.

If an application is received after all available funds for a given year have been awarded, the applicant will be given the option of withdrawing the application or having it considered during the following year.

Grant Application Review for Mini Grants and Small Grants

The SMF Grants Committee Chair will acknowledge receipt of the application, confirm that the appropriate category is being applied for, and review the application for completeness. If it is not complete, it will be returned with a request for the needed information. Once it has been accepted as complete, the application will be routed to the Grants Committee members. After review and any clarification from the applicant and/or discussion among the Committee-members has been completed, the Committee will vote whether or not to award the grant and, if so, the amount of the award. The applicant will be notified of the decision and funds disbursed to successful applicants within 30 days of receipt of a complete application whenever possible.

Grant Application Review for Individual Grants and Institutional Grants

The SMF Grants Committee Chair will acknowledge receipt of the application, confirm that the appropriate category is being applied for, and review the application for completeness. If it is not complete, it will be returned with a request for the needed information. Once it has been accepted as complete, the application will be routed to the Grants Committee members and any additional reviewers. After review and any clarification from the applicant and/or discussion among the Committee-members has been completed, the Committee will vote whether or not to forward the application to the full Board of Trustees for a decision at the next Board meeting. The Board will vote on whether or not to award the grant and, if so, the amount of the award and any conditions attached to it. The applicant will be notified of the decision and funds disbursed to successful applicants as soon as practicable after the meeting.

For acceptable applications for Grants of $1000 or less, the Committee will decide whether or not a decision by the full Board is necessary. If it is, the application will be processed in the same manner as other Individual and Institutional applications. If the Committee feels the application need not require involvement of the full Board, it will conduct its review and decision process as expeditiously as practicable.

Grant Application Evaluation Criteria

  • Is the category of grant applied for the proper one, given the nature of the proposal?
  • Is the application complete?
  • Does the application provide sufficient information to allow a decision to be made?
  • Does the proposal focus on fungi, especially mushroom-forming ones?
  • Does the applicant live and/or study and/or work in the Pacific Northwest, or
  • Would the proposed activities take place in the Pacific Northwest (as we have defined it) or involve or pertain to Pacific Northwest fungi?
  • Does the proposal involve research and/or education? If so, on a scale of 1 to 10, how important is the research to our region and/or how much need is there for the education program?
  • Would the proposed activities and/or their results be of interest and/or relevance to the broad Pacific Northwest mycological community, both amateur and professional?
  • Would the proposed activities promote a better understanding of fungi by the general public in the Pacific Northwest?
  • Is the proposed project one that is suitable for consideration for an award from the Dr. Winter Fund?
  • Has the applicant obtained (or attempted to obtain) funding from other sources?
  • Does the applicant appear qualified to carry out the proposed activities?
  • Has the applicant received prior funding from SMF or DESMF? If so, were those activities completed successfully?
  • Does the proposed budget seem reasonable in light of the proposed scope-of-work and other sources of funding?
  • If SMF decides to approve an application, can the full amount of the requested budget be awarded, or must the amount be reduced in order to accommodate awards to other successful applicants?
  • Will the data and results be used in ways that are consistent with the goals and objectives of SMF?
  • Does the applicant have a reasonable plan for disseminating the results to the Pacific Northwest mycological community?

History of Grants and Non-grant Awards

# grant awards: 126
Total grants awarded: $380,022
Mean award: $3,016
Minimum award: $50
Maximum award:$14,227
Median award: $1,969
Additional non-grant awards (17): $48,274
Total support awarded: $428,297


Year

Recipient(s)

Project / Activity / Purpose

Grants awarded by SMF:

2019

Cascade Mycological Society / Macrofungi of Lane Co. Oregon Project

Support for DNA sequencing by an undergraduate student (University of Oregon) conducting a survey of wood chip fungi in the Eugene-Springfield (Oregon) area

2019

Rebecca Evans (PhD student, Washington State University -Vancouver)

Ecological effects of anthropogenic nitrogen and invasive herbivores on mycorrhizal community composition and potential function

2019

University of Washington Herbarium of the Burke Museum

Funding to purchase large shelf boxes for 10 new steel herbarium cabinets, and approximately 1000 small archival boxes for housing individual specimens

2019

South Park Community Center, Seattle Parks and Recreation Department

Funding to purchase materials for construction of oyster mushroom kits by low-income children

2019

University of British Columbia (Okanagan) Mushroom Club

Partial support for student members attending the spring meeting of the Pacific Northwest Key Council at Peachland, BC

2019

On behalf of Dr. Alison Pouliot

Travel and lodging support for speaking tour of Pacific Northwest

2019

University of Washington Herbarium of the Burke Museum

DNA sequencing to enhance the value of specimens in the macrofungus collection at the University of Washington Herbarium of the Burke Museum

2019

Laura Super (PhD student) / Dr. Suzanne Simard (adviser), University of British Columbia

Understanding the phytobiome: impacts of warming, nitrogen deposition, and harvesting on plants, fungi, and nematodes (supplies and sequencing services for molecular analysis)

2019

Michael Bradshaw (PhD student) / Dr. Patrick Tobin (adviser), University of Washington

Assessing the Biodiversity and Epidemiology of Common, Understudied, Pacific Northwest Fungi -- continuing DNA sequencing and phylogenetics work with powdery mildews

2018

Samantha Fox (PhD student) / Dr. Ari Jumpponen (adviser), Kansas State University

Investigation of different fire severities resulting in distinct soil fungal community trajectories (travel to study site in Oregon, and supplies for molecular analysis)

2018

University of Washington Herbarium of the Burke Museum

Improving specimen storage in the macrofungal collection at the University of Washington Herbarium of the Burke Museum (purchase of specimen boxes and funds for hourly support person)

2018

Shannon Adams

Pacific Northwest (PNW) Cortinarius Mycoflora Study

2018

Ed Barge (PhD student, Oregon State University)

Systematics and population ecology of foliar endophytes associated with Populus trichocarpa (black cottonwood) in the Pacific Northwest

2018

Dr. Jenise Bauman (Western Washington University)

Accelerating natural succession by aiding in native conifer establishment and ectomycorrhizal fungal development on novel coarse terraces in riparian corridors along the Elwha River

2018

Michael Bradshaw (PhD student) / Dr. Patrick Tobin (adviser), University of Washington)

Effects of divergent evolution on host resistance and an evaluation of the epidemiology and biology of powdery mildew in urban and forest environments

2018

Camille Defrenne (PhD student, University of British Columbia)

Revealing the unseen ectomycorrhizal fungal diversity influenced by climate in British Columbia

2018

Matt Gordon

Sequencing Pacific Northwest Type Collections

2018

Stuart Graham (PhD student, University of Washington)

How will the responses of mycorrhizal fungi to climate warming influence the encroachment of conifers on subalpine meadows?

2017

Michael Zirpoli & Heidi Steinbach (The Evergreen State College)

Study of possible effects of lichen extracts on the reproduction of prairie plants

2017

Dr. Cathy Cripps & Dr. Sara Branco (Montana State University)

Study of alpine members of the Cortinarius anomalus group

2017

Friends of the University of Washington Herbarium

Supplies and digitizing, curating, and filing of new macrofungus acquisitions at WTU

2017

Girdwood, Inc. / Turnagain Arm Mycological Society

Start-up cost for Mycoflora of Alaska website (site design, build and initial data entry)

2017

SEAWEAD (Southeast Alaska Wilderness Exploration, Analysis and Discovery)

Support for travel by the chief mycologist for the All Things Fungi event in Hoonah, southeast Alaska

2017

Girdwood, Inc. / Turnagain Arm Mycological Society

Support for travel by presenters at the annual Girdwood Fungus Fair

Grants awarded by DESMF:

2016

Dr. Erica Cline (University of Washington, Tacoma)

Metals in edible mushrooms in the West Coast of the USA (supplemental funding)

2016

Friends of the University of Washington Herbarium

Creation of a Macrofungi of Washington image gallery at WTU

2016

Dr. Brandon Matheny (University of Tennessee)

Systematic revision of the Stuntz Inocybe collection from North America

2016

Department of Botany, University of British Columbia (Dr. Mary Berbee)

Mushroom booklet for identification of BC fungi important for human and environmental health

2016

Friends of the University of Washington Herbarium

Supplies and digitizing, curating, and filing of new macrofungal acquisitions at WTU

2016

Dr. Erica Cline (University of Washington, Tacoma)

A contribution to the knowledge of the genus, Tricholoma, in the Pacific Northwest region of North America (supplemental funding)

2015

Korena Mafune (PhD student, University of Washington)

Canopy Mycorrhizal Ecosystems: Fungal Adaptations of Adventitious Roots Growing in Canopy Soils of Old-growth Temperate Rainforests, Western Washington

2015

Dr. Erica Cline (University of Washington, Tacoma)

Metals in edible mushrooms in the West Coast of the USA (supplemental funding)

2015

Dr. Erica Cline (University of Washington, Tacoma)

A contribution to the knowledge of the genus, Tricholoma, in the Pacific Northwest region of North America (supplemental funding)

2015

Sitka Sound Science Center

Travel support for presenters at the Center's Natural History Seminar series, public walks, and classes

2014

Multiple

K-12 teachers mycology workshop held at the 2014 North American Mycological Association Foray, Eatonville, Washington

2014

Multiple (21 individuals)

Patrice Benson Memorial Travel Assistance Awards made to mycologists and students presenting at the 2014 North American Mycological Association Foray, Eatonville, Washington

2014

Dr. Erica Cline (University of Washington, Tacoma)

Metals in edible mushrooms of the Puget Sound region: A citizen-science approach

2014

Dr. Erica Cline (University of Washington, Tacoma)

A contribution to the knowledge of the genus, Tricholoma, in the Pacific Northwest region of North America

2014

Anna Bazzicalupo (PhD student, University of British Columbia)

Ben Woo's Burke Museum Russula collection: Detecting new species, confirming known species, and enhancing understanding of regional biodiversity using databasing and DNA sequencing

2014

Dr. Tuula Niskanen

Taxonomy of Cortinarius species associated with oak in the Pacific Northwest

2014

Shaw Mycological Herbarium (at Washington State University)

New computers

2013

Dr. Bart Buyck, Anna Bazzicalupo

Travel expenses associated with Dr. Buyck's Russula trip and speaking tour in the PNW

2013

Olympic Peninsula Mycological Society

Support for speakers at society meetings

2011

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund--Dr. Joe Ammirati, Dr. Michael Beug, Dr. Tuula Niskanen, and Dr. Kare Liimatainen

Taxonomy of Cortinarius species associated with oak in the Pacific Northwest

2010

Dr. Kare Liimatainen and Dr. Tuula Niskanen

Taxonomy of Cortinarius in the Pacific Northwest

2010

Northern Idaho Mycological Association

Matching funds for digital projector

2009

Northwest Film Forum

Support for screening of movie, Know Your Mushrooms

2009

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund--Joshua Birkebak

Research on Leucoagaricus

2009

PNW Key Council

Matching funds for digital projector and laptop computer

2008

Dr. Steven Trudell and Dr. Joe Ammirati

Support for preparation of illustrations for book, Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest

2007

Friends of the University of Washington Herbarium

Support for Lichens of Washington image gallery

2007

Dr. Katherine Glew

Lichen study project

2007

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund--Lili Fang (PhD student)

Taxonomy of Cortinarius in the Pacific Northwest

2006

Paul Kroeger

Cataloguing of specimens from mycological survey of Haida Gwaii (at UBC Herbarium)

2005

PNW Fungi, Dr. Dean Glawe

Operating funds for electronic journal

2005

Snohomish County Mycological Society

Funding for digital projector

2005

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund--Noelle Machnicki (PhD student)

Douglas-fir ectomycorrhiza research

2004

Shadow Lake Bog Study Group, Christie Robertson et al.

Mycological survey of bog habitat

2003

Puget Sound Mycological Society

Matching funds for purchase of digital projector for use by PSMS and DESMF.

2003

Dr. Brandon Matheny

Support for transition to post-doc position at Clark University

2003

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund--Suzanne Joneson (MS student) and P. Brandon Matheny (PhD student)

Ramalina of the Kuril Islands: Phylogenetics of the Ramalina almquistii species complex (SJ). Molecular Systematics and Taxonomic Contributions Towards the Inocybaceae (PBM).

2001

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund

General support of Dr. Ammirati students

2000

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund

General support of Dr. Ammirati students

1999

Dr. David Hosford

Support for fungus herbarium at Central Washington University

1999

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund

General support of Dr. Ammirati students: Primarily Brandon Matheny, Michelle Seidl, and Briana Timmerman.

1998

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund

General support of Dr. Ammirati students: Primarily Katherine Glew, Michelle Seidl, and Briana Timmerman, and work in the Herbarium by Brandon Matheny.

1998

Dr. David Hosford

Support for fungus herbarium at Central Washington University

1998

Mt. Mazama Mushroom Association

Small grant for book purchases

1997

Mt. Mazama Mushroom Association

Small grant for book purchases

1997

North Idaho Mycological Association

Funding for PNWKC Keys, mushroom dryer, slide projector, microscope, and slide programs

1997

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund

General support of Dr. Ammirati students: Primarily Katherine Glew, Michelle Seidl, and Briana Timmerman

1996

Dr. Joe Ammirati

Travel support for study of European Cortinarius

1996

Dr. Egon Horak

Travel support for study of PNW Galerina

1996

Puget Sound Mycological Society

Matching contribution for production of video of 1994 PSMS Annual Exhibit

1996

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund

General support of Dr. Ammirati students: Katherine Glew (Distribution and Diversity of Alpine Lichens: Biotic and Abiotic Factors Influencing Alpine Lichen Communities in the Northeast Olympic and North Cascade Mountains, PhD); Marcangelo Puccio (Distribution of RAPD phenotypes in a natural population of Coprinus velox, MS); Michelle Seidl (Systematic studies in Cortinarius (Agaricales, Cortinariaceae) subgenus Myxacium, sections Defibulati and Myxacium in western North America, PhD); Briana Timmerman (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, MS)

1995

Dr. Joe Ammirati

Travel: Olympic and Mt. Rainier National Parks studies

1995

Dr. Meinhard Moser

Travel support for study of Rocky Mountains Cortinarius

1995

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund

General support of Dr. Ammirati students

1995

Michelle Seidl

Support of work in Herbarium

1995

Michelle Seidl

Support of work in Herbarium

1995

Marcangelo Puccio

Support for study of old-growth forest fungi

1995

Katherine Glew

Lichen field project

1995

Katherine Glew

Lichen project

1995

Dr. Joe Ammirati

Travel support for committee member: Molecular evolutionary studies of Dermocybe and Cortinarius species (Yajuan Liu PhD defense)

1994

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund

General support of Dr. Ammirati students

1994

Glenn Walker

Old-growth forest fungi project

1994

Michelle Seidl

Old-growth projects and herbarium

1994

Briana Timmerman

Herbarium assistance

1994

Katherine Glew

Lichen project

1994

Lorelei Norvell

PNW agarics research

1993

Dr. Scott Redhead

Travel support for visiting scholar

1993

Dr. Tom Volk

Travel--Bridgeoporus project

1993

Yajuan Liu

Travel--Dermocybe project

1993

Dr. Jim Ginns

Travel--Albatrellus project

1993

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund

General support of Dr. Ammirati students

1993

Sharmin Gamiet

General support of Dr. Ammirati students

1993

Michelle Seidl

General support of Dr. Ammirati students

1993

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund--Michelle Seidl

General support of Dr. Ammirati students

1993

Glenn Walker

Travel to national meeting

1993

Glenn Walker

General support of Dr. Ammirati students

1993

Lorelei Norvell

PNW agarics research

1993

Lorelei Norvell

PNW agarics research

1992

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund

General support of Dr. Ammirati students

1992

Glenn Walker (MS student, University of Washington)

A preliminary study of the macrofungus species richness in mature and old-growth Picea sitchensis/Tsuga heterophylla forests of the Olympic Peninsula

1992

Lorelei Norvell

MSA meeting (Portland)

1992

Glenn Walker

MSA meeting (Portland)

1992

Dr. Eef Arnolds

Travel

1992

Dr. Henry Dissing

Travel, Pezizales project

1992

Dr. Joe Ammirati

Travel by Hal Burdsall and Karen Nakasone--spruce old-growth project

1992

Katherine Glew

Lichen project

1992

Lorelei Norvell

PNW agarics research

1992

Lorelei Norvell

PNW agarics research

1991

D and B Grandorff

Travel Bridgeoporus nobilissimus research

1991

Michelle Seidl

Mt. St. Helens old-growth

1991

George Mueller

Scanning electron microscopy

1991

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund

General support of Dr. Ammirati students

1991

Katherine Glew

Lichen Herbarium and Literature

1991

Lorelei Norvell

Stuntz Herbarium

1990

Dr. Joe Ammirati, George Mueller

Scanning electron microscopy

1990

Lorelei Norvell

Stuntz Herbarium

1990

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund--Judy Stanhope (MAT student)

A comparative study of the upper cortex of Platismatia glauca from rural and urban habitats in western Washington state

1989

J. Flintoff

Lichen studies

1989

Dr. Meinhard Moser

PNW Cortinarii

1988

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund--Stephen Rehner (PhD student)

Systematics, Mating Compatibility and Ribosomal DNA Variation in Agrocybe, section Pediadeae

1987

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund--Lu-hsi Shih (MS student)

Basidium cytology of Laccaria species

1984

University of Washington Mycology Research Fund--Stephen Rehner (MS student)

A survey of agarics in Artemisia-Agropyron shrub-steppe and Salix communities of Grant Co., Washington

Non-Grant Support:

2018

Oregon Mycological Society Scholarship Fund

Contribution in memory of Judy Roger

2014

University of Washington Daniel E. Stuntz Memorial Foundation Endowed Fund

Support of mycological research and teaching

2013

University of Washington Daniel E. Stuntz Memorial Foundation Endowed Fund

Support of mycological research and teaching

2013

Chelan Co. Search & Rescue

Contribution associated with disappearance of Hildegard Hendrickson

2013

University of Washington, Burke Museum

Support for Paul Stamets public lecture at UW

2013

University of Washington, Burke Museum

Mushroom Maynia

2012

University of Washington, Burke Museum

Mushroom Maynia

2012

University of Washington Daniel E. Stuntz Memorial Foundation Endowed Fund

Support of mycological research and teaching

2011

University of Washington, Burke Museum

Mushroom Maynia

2010

University of Washington, Burke Museum

Mushroom Maynia

2010

University of Washington Daniel E. Stuntz Memorial Foundation Endowed Fund

Support of mycological research and teaching

2009

University of Washington, Burke Museum

Mushroom Maynia

2009

University of Washington Daniel E. Stuntz Memorial Foundation Endowed Fund

Support of mycological research and teaching

2008

University of Washington, Burke Museum

Mushroom Maynia

2007

University of Washington Daniel E. Stuntz Memorial Foundation Endowed Fund

Support of mycological research and teaching. Initial contribution.

2006

Mycological Society of America

Memorial contribution to the Orson K. Miller, Jr. travel fund

1994

University of Washington

Melinda Denton Memorial Fund

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