Lindbergh Foundation Funds Solution Research

The Lindbergh Foundation has awarded eight grants to individuals conducting research projects dedicated to finding innovative solutions to global environmental problems.

“The Lindbergh Grants program is an investment in people. We take great pride in the work of the researchers we support. By backing individuals who use scientific and educational innovations to address important environmental issues around the world we are putting balance into action,” said Foundation Chair John King, King Schools. “It’s gratifying to see the hard work and dedication of the researchers we support, knowing their work will benefit the world around us for generations to come.”

Applicants apply to one of 14 categories. The 2009 grants include:

Richard Osiyo from MOI University in Eldoret, Kenya, will conduct a research project entitled, “Training Kenyan Farmers to Integrate Rice and Fish Farming to Increase Production and Reduce Harmful Run-off in the Lake Victoria Basin.”

Chad Kinney, Ph.D., of Colorado State University in Pueblo, Colo., will explore how to clean up sewage using natural processes instead of expensive technologies or dangerous chemicals. His project title is, “Using Earthworm Composting to Reduce Manmade Contaminants in Wastewater Biosolids Destined for Land Application.”

The grant is set at $10,580, the cost to build aviator Charles Lindbergh's the Spirit of St. Louis, according to Gregg Maryniak, chair of the Grants Committee. “Many of our grant recipients are ‘unknown’ in their fields, too. For them, receiving a Lindbergh Grant provides much-needed credibility to their work and typically enables our recipients to secure additional funding, providing them with valuable leverage.”

Lindbergh grant applications undergo a rigorous five-step review process focused on evaluations by two independent all-volunteer review groups, including a 62-member Technical Review Panel. This international panel is comprised of knowledgeable individuals drawn from the various fields in which Lindbergh grants are made.

The annual deadline for Lindbergh Grant applications is the second Thursday in June. Those who are interested in receiving an application for funding in 2010 should contact the Lindbergh Foundation, 2150 Third Avenue North, Suite 310, Anoka, MN 55303-2200; 763.576.1596. Further information, including a downloadable application, is available at www.lindberghfoundation.org

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