Nebraska Chapter: J.E. Weaver Competitive Grants Program

The Nature Conservancy

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Grant amount: US $1,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 14, 2021

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Conference, Research

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

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



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
  • Pollinator and invertebrate ecology and management
  • Invasive species management
  • Social science related to grassland conservation

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


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


  • Projects that meet the following objectives/questions for 2020 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 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?
    • What kinds of fire and/or grazing management supports habitat heterogeneity and biodiversity?
    • Can grazing systems that create good wildlife habitat also support strong livestock production?
    • What alternatives exist for eastern redcedar plantings as windbreaks and shelterbelts?
    • What are the production implications of grazing immediately after fire instead of delaying
    • grazing?
    • How does grassland plant diversity affect livestock production, invasive species resistance, and/or
    • ecological resilience?
    • What factors influence adoption of conservation practices by ranchers and farmers?


  • Grant funds cannot be awarded to any institutions.