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 17 years PBR has funded 307 grants totaling $309,253 to researchers in 37 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.

Prairie Biotic Research, Inc. is pleased to announce its 2019 Small Grants Program.  The following documents describe the process in more detail.  Submit your proposal as a PDF file attached to an email sent to  We must receive your proposal by email before December 20, 2018.

Application Documents

Application Samples

Review the following winning proposals for examples of good applications viewed favorably by our review team.

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Submit Application

You may email your proposal (PDF only) using this form. You will receive a copy of it by email for assurance that it has been sent.

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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.