Restoration Research

Chesapeake Bay Trust

Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 21, 2019 1:00pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit For-Profit Business College / University

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Maryland

Location of residency: United States

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Background and Goal of the Program

The Chesapeake Bay Trust (the Trust), the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland State Highway Administration, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, and other partners announce a request for proposals for our jointly funded Restoration Research Award Program. 

Efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries call for a significant increase in the number of watershed restoration projects intended to improve both water quality and habitat. Questions about the performance and function of some of these practices persist in the regulatory community as well as the restoration practitioner community. 

The goal of this award program is to answer several key restoration questions. Funding partners hope that answering these questions will ultimately lead to increased confidence in proposed restoration project outcomes, clarification of the optimal site conditions in which to apply particular restoration techniques, information useful to regulatory agencies in project permitting, and information that will help guide monitoring programs. 

Types of Activities that May be Supported

Members of the regulatory and restoration communities have worked together to identify several key restoration questions. Investigators may propose with funds from this research program to:

  • Conduct a literature review/synthesis, if the case can be made that enough is already known about a question; or 
  • Answer a component of the question with a research project in which specific hypotheses are tested. Research projects may include:
    • experimental or descriptive work in the field; 
    • experimental work in the laboratory; 
    • modeling studies; and/or
    • use of existing data, if deemed appropriately suited (properly collected with appropriate metadata). 

Research Questions

The following research questions are organized into three themes. See the RFP for complete details of each research theme and question.

  • Effectiveness of restoration programs at the watershed/catchment scale:
    • Watershed restoration assessment
    • Stormwater management assessment
    • Level of monitoring effort
  • Effectiveness of restoration practices at the project scale
    • Comparisons of water quality benefit among restoration techniques, approaches (functions sought to be restored), or site conditions
    • Stability of restoration practices
  • Construction Techniques
  • Trade-offs in resource improvements incurred by restoration practices and creating net ecological uplift
    • Resource trade-offs in different types of restoration projects

Funds and Timeline

Literature reviews will be funded at a level of less than $50,000 and must be concluded within six (6) months of execution of award.  Field and laboratory research will generally be less than $200,000; applicants may request more with additional justification. Project timeframe for research projects should correspond with the goals of the project. However, the upper end of the project time limit is 3 years. 

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


  • Both not-for-profit entities (academic institutions, non-profit organizations) and for-profit entities are permitted to apply.
  • Organizations need not be based in Maryland, but the work conducted with these funds must occur in Maryland.


  • The strongest proposals will show committed partnerships with various types of organizations.
  • Cash and in-kind match is not required but is one criterion against which the project will be judged. Preference will be given to projects with the most robust research plan.
    • Therefore, leveraging funds and indicating matching resources can result in higher scores.


  • The following cannot be funded:
    • Endowments, deficit financing, building programs, annual giving, direct mail fund raising, or venture capital.
    • Mitigation activities. 
    • Political lobbying.
    • Reimbursement for a project that has been completed or materials that have been purchased.

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