Research Grants (Generic)

To assist in the conservation of the Nation's natural resources by providing financial assistance for land management, research, and data collection/analysis to further the preservation of natural resources.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - Contact Information related to each funding opportunity will be stated in each announcement.

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Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Colorado State University $ 44,997   2017-09-182022-12-31
Western Colorado University $ 69,630   2017-09-202022-03-31
Natural Resources, Ohio Department Of $ 24,900   2018-01-012021-12-31
North Carolina State University $ 27,809   2016-11-022021-12-31
Big Sur Land Trust, The $ 28,789   2016-09-042021-08-17
Avian Research & Conservation Institute, Inc $ 82,067   2016-07-012021-06-30
Marin, County Of $ 0   2017-01-032021-03-31
University Of Guam $ 39,982   2016-02-292021-03-31
Natural Resources, Utah Department Of $ 82,550   2014-12-082020-09-30
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden $ 44,961   2015-09-222020-09-21

Program Accomplishments

In Fiscal Year 2004, the Fish and Wildlife Service awarded a total of 2,527 actions totaling $149,000,000 in grants and cooperative agreements. It is anticipated that the awards issued under this CFDA will be a small percentage of the overall action and award totals.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Research grants will be used for improving scientific support for natural resource management, to enhance public awareness and understanding of natural resource conservation and preservation.

Projects may include land management practices; literature research, data/information analysis and dissemination improving scientific support for natural resource management.

Details on funding opportunities can be found on

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federal, State and local government agencies; Federally-recognized Tribal governments; private nonprofit institutions/organizations; public nonprofit institutions/organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal, State and local government agencies; Federally-recognized private nonprofit institutions/organizations; public nonprofit institutions/ organizations; general public.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Discussions regarding funding availability and program interest are strongly encouraged (see and

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

A Standard Form (SF) 424 and a written proposal should be submitted through or via hardcopy to the project office and include: a title, justification (including relevance to the Fish and Wildlife Service's priorities as outlined above), objectives, timeframe, and a budget breakdown. Note, the USFWS may circulate proposals to others for review. All Service financial assistance discretionary funding opportunities will be posted on

Award Procedures

Notification of an aaward is by the issuance of a grant or cooperative agreement document by Awarding Official.


Deadlines vary depending on the funding opportunity announcements.


Fish and Wildlife Improvement Act of 1978, as amended (16 U.S.C. 753), Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, as amended (16 U.S.C. 4601-4 through 11), Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531-1543).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

This will vary based on the funding opportunity and will range between 3 and 6 months.


Applicants may revise and resubmit proposals for consideration.


Not applicable. Projects are for a specified duration as identified in each award.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Applicant cost-share requirements will vary based on the nature of the opportunity, but are highly encouraged and applicants should refer to the individual funding announcement for details on these requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance


Post Assistance Requirements


All projects and activities are monitored for progress and compliance with agreed upon scope of work.

Written progress and final reports on the project are generally required.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular NO. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entitites that expend financial assistance $500,000 (for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) or more a year in Federal awards will have a single or a program specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entitites that expend less than $500,000 (for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Recipients will maintain records in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments" and 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations."

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $0; FY 08 $50,000; and FY 09 est $50,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Estimated range is $1,000 to $500,000 with an average of $10,000 to $50,000 per award of financial assistance funding.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Guidelines and literature on the Fish and Wildlife Service programs, including its Guide for Submission of Unsolicited Proposals is available at: and Federal financial assistance regulations and relevant OMB circulars are located at http://www.whitehouse,gov/omb/circulars/index.html,

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact Information related to each funding opportunity will be stated in each announcement. Or visit website:

Headquarters Office

Chief, Division of Contracting and Facilities Management, Washington Office 4401, North /Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop 7118-43, Arlington, VA 22203. Telephone: (703) 358-1901.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Programs within the Fish and Wildlife Service will review and evaluate all applications consistent with authorized U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program purposes.

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