Nebraska Chapter: J.E. Weaver Competitive Grants Program

The Nature Conservancy


Grant amount: US $1,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 31, 2019

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

The Nebraska Chapter of The Nature Conservancy will award up to five, $1,000 grants in support of graduate student research that enhances our understanding of Great Plains species or ecosystems and their conservation.

Grant funds may be used to cover expenses related directly to the research project – including travel associated with data collection or to present results at a professional conference. Proposals funded will be technically sound and directly applicable to our conservation priorities in the Great Plains. 

Eligible Project Categories

  • Grassland, wetland, and/or woodland ecology and restoration
  • Great Plains migratory bird conservation and management
  • Invasive species management
  • Social science related to grassland conservation

Proposals should have a cover page, no more than three pages of narrative (not including lit cited), a one-page budget, and two supporting letters (one from the Graduate Advisor). Proposals will be judged on clarity of writing, quality of project design and applicability of the project to priorities of the Weaver program. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Grants are offered to regularly enrolled graduate students, and they are based on scientific merit rather than need. 

Preferences:

  • Projects that meet the following objectives/questions for 2018 will be given particular priority:
    • What factors influence ecological resilience and/or resistance to invasive species in grasslands? 
    • How is habitat loss and prairie fragmentation impacting plant and insect species? 
    • What are the most effective and efficient strategies for eastern red cedar control, based on tree heights, densities, soil types, topography, etc.? (Development of a management decision model.) 
    • What are the important factors (tree density, age class, slope, aspect, etc.) that determine impacts from wildfire in Great Plains woodlands populated by eastern red cedar and/or Ponderosa pine? 
    • How do those factors influence recovery of woodland and herbaceous plant communities? 
    • What are the impacts of tree encroachment and subsequent tree removal on plant communities? 
    • What management and restoration techniques benefit pollinator communities? 
    • Does prairie restoration serve to effectively defragment ecological landscapes? 
    • How do various fire and/or grazing regimes affect species, communities, and ecosystems? 

Ineligibility:

  • Grant funds cannot be awarded to any institutions.