The Maine Center for Genetics in the Environment at the University of Maine and its program, Maine-eDNA, have applied the Open to Collaborate Notice on their websites.
On their website, the Center posted:
“This Notice from Local Contexts indicates the NSF EPSCoR Track-1 Maine-eDNA grant’s commitment to the development of new modes of collaboration, engagement, and partnerships with Indigenous people for the care and stewardship of past and future heritage collections. While the addition of the Notice is important, it is still just a step in the process of building and honoring relationships between this project and Maine’s Indigenous communities.”
The Center was founded in 2019 to share and widen environmental genetics research, particularly through collaborations and partnerships. As written in the news post, “Incorporating Local Contexts into Maine-eDNA … involves the labor of many individuals and groups including Indigenous community representatives, Local Contexts representatives, Maine-eDNA faculty, researchers, and students who are engaged in conversation, developing relationships, building the necessary workflows, and incorporating the project into Maine-eDNA’s data infrastructure.”
Read more in the news post on the Center’s website here.