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White-nose Syndrome Research Grant

Bat Conservation International

Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Anticipated deadline: Jun 20, 2019 3:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty Government Entity Nonprofit Working Professional College / University

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Bat Conservation, International and The Nature Conservancy are committed to supporting solution oriented research that reduces or slows the spread and/or effects of White-nose Syndrome and the fungus that causes it, Pseudogymnoascus destructans. As such, we are pleased to announce the availability of funding for research projects that identify mechanisms to control the fungal disease White-nose Syndrome and its causative agent.

WNS is a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats to date and is the primary threat to North America’s hibernating bats. The fungus invades the skin of hibernating bats and disrupts both their hydration and hibernation cycles.

Through this Request for Proposals, we will support projects that identify, develop and test tools to control the fungus, P. destructans, including, but not limited to:

  • Short-term control mechanisms such as biological controls, which include, but are not limited to bacteria or fungi, that are parasitic, antagonistic and/or are capable of reducing, inhibiting, or preventing the growth and/or establishment of P. destructans.
  • Long-term control mechanisms, which include but are not limited to vaccines or gene silencing mechanisms that reduce and/or eliminate the colonization of P. destructans and reduce or eliminate fatalities from WNS.
  • The field testing of individual or multiple treatment options on the leading edge of the WNS disease front.

Projects that propose alternative methods to control the fungus P. destructans, but are not described above, will also be considered. BCI and TNC are interested in supporting any work that reduces the spread, virulence and pathogenicity of this fungus and want to support treatment trials on the leading edge of the disease front.

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


  • This announcement is open to all researchers, domestic and international, from state and federal agencies, university researchers, and non-profit entities.
  • Projects must be completed within 2 years of notification of funding.


  • Preference will be given to proposals that use this funding as leverage against other funding sources. 

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