The Charlie O’Neill Grant was established in 1993 to honor the late Charlie O’Neill, OC-CNPS President from 1990-1992 and a highly inspirational member of the chapter.
The grant is awarded annually to graduate and undergraduate students planning to conduct field research related to biology, ecology, floristics, taxonomy or ethnobotany of native plants. Preference will be given to proposals including study of species, plant communities, etc. occurring within Orange County.
Awards range from $500 to $1000+ based on the number of suitable applicants and the relative quality and merit of their proposals. Grant awards are presented as a lump sum award and may cover items such as supplies, equipment, and travel costs not covered by other sources of funding and include a one-year membership with CNPS.
By accepting funding, grant recipients agree to provide a one paragraph synopsis of their work to be posted on the OC-CNPS website prior to the distribution of funds, and a copy of the final project results, in the form of a report, thesis, dissertation, presentation or newsletter article. Any publication should include acknowledgement of Orange County CNPS. The grant recipient may be invited to present their work at an Orange County local chapter meeting.
- Abstract (or Project Summary)
- Goals and Objectives
- Budget (total requested and otherwise funded cost estimate)
Review Process and Selection Criteria
Applications must be submitted by the 2nd Monday of January to be considered for funding. (Grants for 2022 are awarded and complete.)
Proposals will be reviewed by committee and applicants will be notified as to whether they have been selected for funding by the 2nd Friday of February.
Selection will be based on each proposal's completeness, technical quality, scientific merit, and overall contribution to our understanding of local flora. All proposals considered for funding must directly support or be consistent with the mission of CNPS which is to ”protect California’s native plants and their natural habitats, today and into the future, through science, education, stewardship, gardening, and advocacy." Preference will be given to proposals with direct relevance to Orange County. If the review committee concludes that no proposal meets selection criteria, then the grant award may be suspended until the following year.
(Arceuthobium ssp.)" Mari is pursuing a master's degree in molecular biolodgy at Cal State Fullerton.
"In-vitro Cultivation: Fighting Poaching and Extinction of Vulnerable Dudleya Taxa". Kevin Alison is a Master of Conservation and Restoration Science (MCRS) candidate at U.C. Irvine and native plant production specialist (R&D) at Tree of Life Nursery.
"Plant age and precipitation alter water transport traits in Artemisia californica." Greg is a graduate student at the University of California, Irvine.
Runner Up - Keir Morse
Five O'Neill / Scholarship / Traveller Grants to the CNPS 2018 February Conservation Conference.
"Floristic studies in the San Jose Hills of Los Angeles County." Asseneth Berbeo is a student at Cal Poly Pomona.
"Research on Artemisia californica gene expression to reduced precipitation."
Nicholas John Jensen
Erika M. Gardner
"Molecular study of Calohortus subsect. Weediani". Graduate student at San Francisco State University.
Genevieve K Walden