Award Details 


The Phenome 2017 steering committee is pleased to offer a limited number of travel awards to students, postdocs, and early career researchers. Travel awards to Phenome 2017 are generously supported by the National Science Foundation, Li-Cor (, and the Midwest Big Data Hub (MBDH, We are pursuing additional support from other sponsors, and should that funding become available, we will increase the number of awards we will make.

The MBDH is offering a seed grant to address improved data democratization; interoperability among projects and resources; and re-use of agricultural datasets, databases and resources. This is part of the Hub’s effort to improve access, use, and automation of Big Data pipelines across plant and cropping systems. So we are particularly interested in supporting travel awards for individuals who have an interest in the following areas: using Big Data and/or sophisticated data pipelines, developing agricultural data sets and/or databases, etc. MDBH will also be assisting with the Commercialization Potential Town Hall, organizing a session on challenges/barriers to Big Data in phenomics and soliciting seed grant applications.

Travel Award Application: Now closed

Deadline extended! Applicants must submit for review by the Phenome 2017 steering committee before Tuesday, January 3, 2017 (2:00 PM EST):

  • An abstract of the research that they intend to submit for presentation at Phenome 2017*
  • A paragraph expressing why attending Phenome 2017 would enhance their career
  • A paragraph describing the level of other funds available, if any, to support applicant travel

*PLEASE NOTE: Submission of an abstract as part of the Phenome 2017 Travel Grant application is a distinct process from submitting an abstract for presentation at Phenome 2017. Travel Awardees are required to present a poster at Phenome 2017; if you accept a travel award, please submit your abstract through the regular meeting abstract system.

Selection criteria 

Travel Award selection criteria will be based (in this order) on:

  • The science and the quality of the abstract
  • The statement about how attending the meeting will have an impact on the applicant's career
  • Ethnic minorities underrepresented in US STEM disciplines and women, are especially encouraged to apply, although all individuals will be considered

Applicants who are selected to receive a travel award will be notified by email by Monday, January 9, 2017. Non-recipients will be notified shortly thereafter. Travel award recipients will be emailed a special registration promotion code to cover their registration fees. Checks (or wires) for the stipend are issued only AFTER the award recipient has registered for the meeting. Travel award recipients qualify for the early-bird registration rate.

Should unforeseen events prevent a travel award recipient from attending the meeting, the recipient must notify Phenome 2017 immediately and return the grant so that another applicant can use the funds to attend the meeting.