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2017 Small Grants Program concludes


Summary of the 33 Research Proposals Winning Funding

in our 2017 Small Grants Program

We were able to fund 33 of 90 proposals this year, for a total of $32,160.  Funded proposals were submitted by 19 men and 15 women, most of whom are academics: two professors, 13 doctoral students, nine masters students and three undergraduates.  Seven are independent researchers.  The 33 proposals come from 19 states:  Alabama (1), California (2), Colorado (2), Florida (1), Illinois (5), Iowa (3), Kansas (3), Michigan (1), Mississippi (1), Missouri (3), Montana (1), Nebraska (1), Nevada (1), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), South Dakota (1), Texas (2), Wisconsin (2) and Wyoming (1).  These include 16 insect projects, three mammal projects, four amphibian and reptile projects, two bird projects, two annelid projects (our first: one leeches, one earthworms), two soil ecology projects, and single projects dealing with birds and mammals, bryophytes and lichens, a plant and fungus, and restoration ecology.  Three of these 33 researchers are previous winners.  Sean Griffin won funding in 2014 for research on bees in Illinois that led to his MS degree from Rutgers.  With the help of our renewed funding, he continues this research in a PhD program at North Carolina State University.  David Loney won funding in 2014 to study ants in Iowa in a PhD program at Iowa State University, and our second grant furthers this same work.  Kate Wilkins won funding in 2015 to study how grassland birds and mammals are affected by the reintroduction of bison in Colorado.  With our additional support, she continues this work in a PhD program at Colorado State University.

Learn more about these grants on our website.  Choose “Grant Programs”, then “Small Grants”, then “Most Recent Small Grants Awards.”  A summary of each proposal can be found by searching for 2017 grants under “Researcher Reports.”

Posted: 5/17/2017

Process and Values

We support basic field biological research on all taxa in U.S. prairies and savannas, but we are especially eager to support research on taxa for which funding is scarce, such as insects, fungi, reptiles, spiders, etc. We don't fund many bird projects, in part because there are generally more funds available for the study of birds.

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Prairie Biotic Research, Inc. has benefitted from generous gifts of various foundations, and both non-profit and for-profit businesses. These are augmented by gifts from individuals concerned with our prairies. Indeed, we can only offer small grants with continued financial support. Please consider joining these enterprises as a donor to Prairie Biotic Research.