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All Cypriniformes Species Inventory Funding Opportunities

Larry Page, Principal Investigator; Richard Mayden, Principal Investigator; Jonathan Armbruster, Principal Investigator

1. General announcement

15 September 2010

All Cypriniformes Species Inventory Participants:

We are extremely pleased to announce that our proposal to discover and describe the cypriniforms of the world has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation! We appreciate all of the support that you provided to make this project a reality.

The All Cypriniformes Species Inventory (ACSII) is Phase II of a long-term inventory of the Otophysi, the largest clade of freshwater fishes. The inventory is expected to result in the discovery and description of up to 1,000 new species of minnows, loaches and barbs and, ultimately, in the description of between 2,300 and 4,600 new species of freshwater fishes.

Products of ACSI will include a much more complete taxonomy of cypriniforms with up-to-date identification guides, atlases, catalogues and checklists of species, phylogenetic studies of higher-level relationships and an improved predictive classification, large samples of freshwater fishes from poorly collected regions added to permanent collections, and enhanced international communication among fish taxonomists. The project's website <> provides information about the project and participants as well as educational and outreach opportunities.

An exceptional feature of All Cypriniformes is the large number of taxonomists and students (over 100 participants from 25 counties) who will participate in the project. Each participating ichthyologist, including graduate students and advanced undergraduates, is eligible for small awards from ACSII to support completion of the species inventory of cypriniforms. Please see information on the ACSII website about how to request funding. We welcome your requests for funding to participate in All Cypriniformes.

2. Information and Instructions for Submission of Research Proposals

29 June 2011

Participants in the All Cypriniformes Species Inventory (ACSI-2) can apply for small grants to support visits to institutional collections and colleagues, conduct fieldwork, or otherwise provide support required to complete taxonomic revisions and descriptions of cypriniform fishes.  We are especially interested in supporting projects that are nearly completed but require funds to complete. An example is funding for a student who needs to examine specimens in a museum or needs tissues from particular drainages to complete a project. Grants are limited to amounts up to three thousand United States Dollars (US $3,000).

Funded collaborators traveling to an institution will be asked to photograph primary types (holotypes, lectotypes, or syntypes) of cypriniforms if images are not already available online.  Permission in writing from the curator to photograph specimens must accompany the request for funding.  Funding is available to support travel to institutions by individuals wishing to photograph types if images from that institution are not already online.

Specimens and tissues obtained with funds from these All Cypriniformes grants must be deposited in institutional collections and freely available for loan/gift to other scientists.  If your home country does not freely allow export of specimens and tissues, you must deposit them in a permanent collection in a country that does. For the collection of specimens, recipients  must agree to specific preservation methods for formalin-fixed specimens, field photography, and proper preservation of tissues in 95% EtOH or other suitable preservative allowing extraction of DNA as outlined elsewhere on this website.

To apply for funding, send a request (email preferred) explaining how the funds will be used to:

Dr. Larry Page

Florida Museum of Natural History

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL 32611-7800

Email:  lpage at


Provide the following information:

1.  Full name, date of birth and mailing address of individual to receive funds.

2.  Background information on the project to be completed.

3.  An explanation of how the money will be used (travel, photographing specimens, meals, ground transportation, collecting specimens, etc.).

4.  Dates of activities (e.g., museum travel in June, 2011; fieldwork in July, 2011).

5.  Timeline for the completion of the research and its publication and targeted journal.

6.  If a transfer of funds is to be made to a bank account, you will be asked to provide information on the account necessary to make the transfer.

I.  Funds for travel:

*If you receive funds prior to travel, you will need to provide receipts for all expenditures, including meals, within 30 days of the end of the project.  (We recommend taking a receipt book to write your own receipt and have it signed by the person providing goods or services).  Funds for which receipts are not provided must be returned by check to the University of Florida.

*If you wish to be reimbursed after travel, you will need to provide all receipts except for meals. When receipts are received, you will be sent a check to cover your expenses, including meals, up to the amount agreed upon.

II. Funds for services (including travel when a product is identified):

If you wish to be reimbursed for services (e.g., obtaining specimens or tissues for research on cypriniforms, funds to pay a student assistant to complete a manuscript), you will first need to be established as a vendor for the University of Florida (requires filing of forms, which we will assist you with).  Once that is established, you will be sent a purchase order for the services or products we agree upon.  After the service is completed, you send an invoice to me for the amount agreed upon, and UF will send a check to you.  This method requires no receipts from you, only the agreed-upon products.  Fieldwork can be paid for this way as long as the specimens and tissues are deposited in an institution.  Travel to an institution can be paid for this way following proof of completion of the work, such as submission of a manuscript.

U.S. funding agencies will not support the reimbursement of the cost of alcoholic beverages.

Institutional fees, indirect costs, overhead are prohibited in awards made by All Cypriniformes.


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This is the primary page opening to two very large research initiatives on Cypriniformes fishes: the All Cypriniformes Species Inventory (ACSI-2), funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation DEB-1022720 (Dr. Lawrence M. Page, University of Florida), DEB-1023403 (Dr. Jonathan Armbruster, Auburn University), and DEB-1021840 (Dr. Richard L. Mayden, Saint Louis University )and The Cypriniformes Tree of Life (CToL), funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation EF-0431326 (Drs. R. L. Mayden, R. M. Wood, and N. Aspinwall). You can learn more about both of these international-scale studies using the links available on this site.