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2019 Small Grants Program Begins

Our 2019 Small Grants Program now begins.  We support both natural history and experimental science.  We are especially eager to support independent researchers (those lacking institutional support), but anyone having a U.S. Social Security number may apply.  Since 2002, we’ve awarded 307 grants worth $309,253 to people in 37 states to study insects, plants, mammals, reptiles, slime molds, mycorrhizal fungi, spiders, snails, amphibians, birds, fish, invasive species, effects of management, and the human dimensions of conservation.  Many of these grants supported graduate student research.  Proposals are due by December 20, 2018.  Funding decisions will be announced to all participants by March 15, 2019.  In 2019, we expect to fund at least 25 grants of up to $1500 each with the donations we have received, including some restricted by donors for work in Iowa or Wisconsin.  To learn more, visit our website at, select Grant Programs, select For Prospective Applicants.

Posted: 10/1/2018

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.

How Can I Help?

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.