Catalyst Grants


Targeted investment for advancing collaborative science

Catalyst grants support activities that advance collaborative science by facilitating the development of new, collaborative science ideas; amplifying or enhancing existing collaborative research; or synthesizing NERRS System-wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) data for a regional or national application. All proposals must adopt an end user-driven approach and be developed in collaboration with reserve partners to ensure the project meets a current reserve management need. Applicants may draw on both the social sciences and physical/natural sciences to meet the goals of this RFP. To learn more about recent projects browse the project catalog: Catalyst Projects.

Open Funding Opportunity

The NERRS Science Collaborative is soliciting proposals for one-year collaborative science catalyst grants with awards ranging between $75,000 and $200,000. Budgets of $200,000 are expected to be most appropriate for multi-reserve projects. A mandatory Letter of Intent is due by 11:59pm EST on Monday, December 16, 2019. Proposals are due by 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

Download the RFP: 2020 Request for Catalyst Proposals

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References and Templates for Proposals:

Proposal Development Resources:

Questions about this funding opportunity can be directed to:
Phone: Lynn Vaccaro (734-763-0056), Maeghan Brass (734-763-0727)