Some Funding and Proposal Model Sources

National Science Foundation (NSF) (i.e., www.nsf.gov). See the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) and the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (here) . The former seems more appropriate for MA students and the latter with a 2009 deadline of 15 October for PhD students. And here is the general guideline for proposals: www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf11001/gpgprint.pdf, in which you should see sections II. 2. a. through f. and most particularly II. 2. d. (i) "Content".

National Institutes of Health (NIH) (www.nih.gov) .
(see under funding oportunities.)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (www.epa.gov).
(see under money matters.)
(see also the grant writing tutorial software

The following UHM offices often have support for graduate student research:

The Lindbergh Foundation (www.lindberghfoundation.org) is another possible source for those "...balancing technology and the environment".

Human Subjects

UH Committee on Human Studies IRB

Misc...

See also The Geographer's Craft for information on geography in general.

Some of my own ideosyncratic opinions are under the advice section of www2.hawaii.edu/~matt.