WBFC Research Awards

Washington Biologists' Field Club

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 12, 2019

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Conference, Research, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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The Washington Biologists’ Field Club (WBFC), organized in 1900, annually provides competitive grants to support field research on the natural history of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States.

Proposals that consider aspects of natural history, systematics, biodiversity, ecology, or environmental issues are of particular interest to the WBFC. 

WBFC is particularly interested in studies increasing knowledge of the biodiversity and natural history of poorly-known taxa [e.g., rotifers, tardigrades, mites, mosses, annelids]. 2015 awards supported studies of birds, black flies, butterflies, invasive mosquito habitat, fishes, parasitic Indian pipes, spicebush, and sea nettle jellyfish throughout the Mid-Atlantic. 

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


  • Applications are accepted from individuals qualified to perform the proposed research.
  • Grants are intended to support field research on the natural history of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States.
  • Applicants who are not members of the WBFC are required to obtain a letter of sponsorship from a WBFC member.
    • The sponsoring member need not be involved in the applicant’s research or the publication of results, but must be familiar with applicant’s scientific abilities, credentials, and proposed research.
    • The sponsor will serve as liaison between the grant recipient and the WBFC Research Committee during the term of the award. 
  • Funds may be used for travel to study sites, actual field expenses, honoraria for assistants, and cost of specialized equipment and tests.


  • Studies that focus on organisms occurring on Plummers Island, Maryland, and the Potomac River drainage typically have priority, but research projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic are considered.
  • Proposals requesting smaller amounts ($50–$3000) are strongly encouraged, because these permit WBFC to support a larger number of studies. 


  • Principal Investigator’s salary, publication costs, and overhead or administrative costs are not supported.