I am a postdoctoral scholar who plans to conduct a small project at the MDRS, a Mars simulation volunteer project. The project will be to conduct DNA sequencing of soil samples using a handheld nano pore sequencer. It could be a proof-of-principle that sequencing research can be successful in remote areas without sequencing facilities and under "planetary exploration simulation" protocols.
I am hoping to obtain funding to cover the travel (\$1,000), substinence (\$1,500 participation fee at MDRS), and equipment (\$1,500 for sequencer and reagants). I would definitely apply to multiple funding sources to increase my chance and in case they each could only cover a part of the expenses. The project will be in April 2020.
I recently unsuccessfully applied to the Lewis and Clark Astrobiology Fund and am currently trying to find other funding sources. This has been difficult for me as I have little prior funding applications for this type of fieldwork. My main question is: Do you know of funding opportunities for which this type of project might be considered?
Many thanks for sharing any ideas.