Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species Grants

Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species

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Grant amount: Up to US $35,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 11, 2020 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York Show all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Mid-Atlantic Panel (MAP) on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) is offering a limited Grants Competition to encourage interested groups and individuals to submit proposals for possible funding. We encourage broad participation from groups and individuals concerned about AIS issues in the mid-Atlantic region. A proposal submission must address an AIS problem.

Program priorities: The following elements are of high priority to the MAP and should be considered in the preparation of proposals:

  • Activities that will increase public understanding of and compliance with the prevention and control of AIS
  • Clear description of proposed actions, products, and other deliverables
  • Relevance to the mission and priorities of MAP
  • Regional significance
  • Leveraging of other funding sources

The MAPAIS membership identified the following activities as high priorities for 2017. This is not an exclusive list, and it is in no particular order. Projects that address other AIS management topics will also be considered. 

  • Develop outreach and educational materials for classrooms and specific populations (K-Gray) to prevent the introduction and spread of AIS. 
    • Control and prevention of AIS requires a major change in human behavior surrounding non-native aquatic species. Mainstreaming AIS education into K-12 classrooms ensures children will learn responsible prevention early in life and spread this knowledge to their communities. Environmental education in AIS is also a subject that encourages the place-based, problem-solving, field activities that are so important to K-12 education.
    • MAPAIS is interested in the development and implementation of lesson plans, textbook chapters, teacher development training, and other educational materials that reflect the standards set by the states and will broadly reach K-12 students in the mid-Atlantic.
    • Targeting specific populations, such as boaters, anglers, water gardeners, field biologists, etc. will help raise awareness and change behavior to prevent AIS spread. MAPAIS is interested in the development of outreach materials and informational resources that can help raise awareness and change behavior to prevent the spread of AIS. 
  • Conduct research on AIS issues in the region such as prevention, early detection, rapid response, emerging invasions, and how climate change may influence AIS. 
  • Conduct innovative approaches to AIS control/eradication, or control/eradicate a high priority AIS population. 
    • While MAPAIS is not interested in funding routine control projects, MAPAIS will consider funding control/eradication projects that can provide innovative tools and lessons to other groups looking to tackle similar issues.
    • MAPAIS will also consider projects targeting unique AIS populations in the region, where eradicating that specific population will have a significant impact on the species distribution (e.g., by removing it from the region)
  • Continue to develop vector management strategies for states and the region.
    • In late 2009, MAPAIS and Maryland Sea Grant held a workshop on vector management as a mechanism to prevent introductions of invasive species. Recommendations from the workshop included improving management of ship fouling and live bait as well as addressing other ship and live trade pathways.
    • Proposals are encouraged that develop mechanisms for states and the region to pursue vector management options.
  • Encourage states to implement AIS management plans.
    • The MAPAIS recognizes that state management plans can provide a catalyst for state and federal funding and resources. It continues to be interested in funding proposals that contribute to the implementation of plans.

Approximately $35,000 is available to fund several projects. We are soliciting one-year projects. Projects that are a piece of a larger effort will be considered, if the outcomes or deliverables from the MAPAIS funded effort can stand on their own.

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


  • Any individuals in state or local agencies, institutions of higher education, commercial or non-profit organizations, professional, lake, landowner, watershed, tribes, and international organizations are eligible for funding as investigators or cooperators.


  • Projects that document how the funds can work as “seed money” or to leverage other funding are strongly encouraged. 


  • Projects that would simply use MAP funds to “add-on” to existing programs or that do not specifically address MAP priorities are discouraged.
  • Indirect costs may not be charged to MAP funds, and MAP funds may not be used as match or cost-share for any other project.