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.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not about space exploration. $\endgroup$
    – GdD
    Jun 11, 2019 at 8:12
  • $\begingroup$ I recently unsuccessfully applied Did you get any feedback? $\endgroup$
    – user10509
    Jun 21, 2019 at 7:23
  • $\begingroup$ @JanDoggen just fyi the OP has written a reply to you but says they've been blocked from commenting because less than 50 reputation (may be related to being unregistered). Currently the reply exists as a pending edit to the question. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Jun 30, 2019 at 7:58


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