For Prospective Applicants

PBR funds individuals with grants up to $1500 (prior to 2018, our limit was $1000) in our competitive annual Small Grants Program. We support the study of any species in U.S. prairies and savannas. Over 18 years PBR has funded 335 grants totaling $349,581 to researchers in 38 states. More than half of these grants supported graduate students. What makes this activity so urgent is that these habitats and the species that live there are vanishing. We are gathering information that may slow this terrible erosion of our natural heritage, while fostering the development of these researchers, thereby sustaining our cultural heritage. We can be only as successful in this effort as we are in raising the money that we give away.

Our 2019 Small Grants Program began in October, 2018, and concluded in March, 2019.  This is the last time we'll offer this Small Grants Program, at least for some years, as we have no time to run it.

Should we resume our Small Grants Program, updated files relating to proposal submission will be posted here.

To have your email address added to the announcement address list, please send a short message requesting this, at any time through our Contact form.

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.