Procedures of Grant Proposals
The yearly budget of the Research and Inventory Committee is disbursed to proposals that foster the aims of the Washington Native Plant Society, i.e. "projects" that extend our knowledge of the biology of native species or that inventory the flora of an understudied area, which help to conserve native plants. Special consideration will be given to proposal investigating the oak, or shrub steppe ecosystems or invasive species. Another priority is to support research efforts of graduate students and to help develop the careers of botanists with interests in native plants.
To receive full consideration, proposals should be submitted by January 15 of each year. Members of the Research and Inventory Committee will review the proposal and a decision will be made after the first round of awards. Proposals should request no more than $1000 to $1500 except in unusual circumstances. In general, half of an award is paid when the proposal is funded and the second half is paid when the project has been completed and a final report has been submitted.
Proposals should be about 4-8 pages in length and include the following information:
- Introduction: Objectives and significance of the proposed research
- Methods: Brief description of study areas, species, techniques, data collection and analysis
- Timetable: In general, research and reports should be completed within 2 years
- Budget: Personnel, equipment, and supply costs
- Products: What will result from the proposed research? We expect, at minimum, a project report and a brief account for publication in Douglasia, the journal of the Society.
- Curriculum vitae of all project personnel
Proposals will be rated by members of the Research and Inventory Committee based on: (1) Appropriateness of project to the aims of WNPS, (2) Adequacy of proposed methods to project's aims, (3) Researcher's experience in the types of research proposed, and (4) Importance of the research in relation to requested funds. Special consideration will be given to research aspects of the sagebrush steppe, oak communities or invasive species.
Submit an electronic copy to:
Pamela Camp, Chair
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JANUARY 15TH, 2014