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Grants to New York Students and Researchers for Studies Related to Conservation in Eligible Locations

David Redden Conservation Science Fund Small Grants Program

GrantWatch ID# 200659
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Black Rock Forest (BRF)

Geographic Focus
USA: New York: Black Rock Forest

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/29/23 5:00 PM EST Receipt

Grant Description
Grants to New York students, researchers, and scholars for environmental research studies related to conservation in eligible locations. Funding is intended for projects that will improve the preservation and protection of species, populations, or ecosystems. Projects must be completed, at least in part, at Black Rock Forest and must involve research related to the biota or physical environment of Black Rock Forest.

Proposals in all areas related to conservation science will be accepted and proposals seeking to utilize the newly installed wireless mesh network are highly encouraged. . Additionally, Black Rock Forest has identified several key areas of interest:

  • Habitat disturbance and landscape connectivity,
  • Invasive species management,
  • Forest pests and pathogens,
  • Restoration ecology, and
  • Species inventories.

Award funds can be used to purchase project supplies and equipment, to pay for processing of samples at external laboratory facilities, as stipends for students or research assistants, and/or to cover transportation or other incidental costs. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Proposals are welcomed from high school, undergraduate, or graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and senior researchers at any academic, research, non-profit, or other institution for higher learning.

Proposals must be prepared by a PI who must be a faculty member, post-doctoral researcher, or graduate student at their institution. For proposals being submitted by more than one PI, one should be designated as the “primary responsible agent”. This PI will serve as the primary contact, will receive and administer finances, submit reports, and will be responsible for all communications related to the project.

Undergraduate and high school students may apply if their proposal is submitted in collaboration with a faculty member or teacher who will supervise the project.

The program strongly encourages applications from underrepresented group members as it seeks to diversify and strengthen its organization, science, and society.

Support in the form of summer salary, wages, or stipends for faculty is not allowed. Indirect costs or other forms of institutional overhead are not supported.

Pre-Application Information
- Applications must be received by 5 PM EST on January 29, 2023.
- Announcement of Awards: March 10, 2023
- Earliest Funded Project Start Date: April 1, 2023

Contact with BRF staff prior to proposal preparation may help determine if the proposed project is appropriate.

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum request is $6000; however, PIs may request larger grants if prior permission is given by the Executive Director. Partnerships between institutions are especially encouraged and may merit larger requests.

Term of Contract
The grant period is one year and all proposals should be constructed to reflect a one-year project. A grant award neither prohibits nor guarantees a successive award.

Earliest Funded Project Start Date: April 1, 2023

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Letters of support should be emailed directly to the Research Manager (

For questions, please call the Black Rock Forest Office at (845) 534-4517 or email 

Black Rock Forest
65 Reservoir Road
Cornwall, NY 12518-2135

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