TPWD: Wildlife Research Grant

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $500,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 18, 2020 3:00pm PST

Applicant type: Research Scientist Government Entity College / University Nonprofit Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Texas

Location of residency: Texas

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Project Scope

The Wildlife Research Program of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is requesting proposals from universities and non-profit organizations/agencies interested in partnering with TPWD to investigate important wildlife conservation and/or management questions through grant funded research opportunities. The origin of this funding is the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (WR) program, which is a federal assistance program for state wildlife conservation agencies. The purpose of the WR Grants program is to restore, conserve, manage and enhance wild birds and mammals and their habitats. During this funding cycle, TPWD plans to make up to $1 million in funding available to support cooperative, cost-share projects that will further the conservation of Texas native bird and mammal species, specifically for the project topics listed within this Request for Proposals (RFP). Unsolicited proposals for topics other than those explicitly listed within this RFP will not be considered for funding. Additionally, proposals for law enforcement, education, recreation, non-birds or mammals, and plant conservation activities are not eligible for WR Grant funding.


The WR program is a federal cost-share program that supports proactive conservation and management activities that benefit native bird and mammal species and their habitat.

Because of the federal granting requirements that are passed along to TPWD, all grants must be administered as cost-share agreements through the grant applicant’s agency or institution. All grants require a non-federal (i.e. private, municipal or state funding) match of 25% of the total grant cost (funds are available on a 75:25 cost-share ratio). The grant applicant’s institution/organization must provide the matching funds (25% of the total project costs) and the source of these matching funds must be identified in the grant proposal. Grant funds will be provided to the grantee on a reimbursement basis; the grantee's institution or organization will receive reimbursement of up to 75% of their eligible invoiced expenses.

Statement of Work

This solicitation calls for proposals that will implement specific conservation actions that have been identified by TPWD as priority issues for this funding cycle. In previous cycles no project topic prioritization was identified; however, for this cycle TPWD has identified the specific topic areas below as funding priorities. Furthermore, the topics below are listed in order of their relative priority for funding this cycle, as well, with the first topic having the highest priority for funding progressing down to the last having the lowest. All proposals submitted must directly address at least one of the following topics in order to be considered for funding. TPWD reserves the right not to select a proposal in each of the listed topic areas due to funding limitations, insufficient proposal quality, or any other factors deemed appropriate.

Research topics listed in order of priority for funding this cycle:

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


  • Research proposals on these topics are encouraged from university personnel and other qualified researchers from public (governmental) and nonprofit organizations.
  • Primary applicants may include U.S. city, county, state or federal government agency, public institution of higher education or nonprofit organizations.
  • Primary applicants must be in good standing with the Texas Comptroller and TPWD Accounting, regarding business and contracting practices.
  • Partners (secondary applicants, cooperators or collaborators) include private individuals, corporations, organizations or foundations.
  • Partners are considered subcontractors of the primary applicant. 


  • Contracts will not be awarded to performing agencies (principal investigators) who are delinquent or deficient in providing deliverables or an approved final report from any previously awarded research contract.