Procedures of Grant Proposals
The WNPS Research and Inventory Committee has a yearly budget of $4000 that it disburses to worthy proposals that foster the aims of the Washington Native Plant Society, i.e., "to study and conserve native plants." We are interested in supporting projects that extend our knowledge of the biology of native species or that inventory the flora of an understudied area. 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 proposals and a decision will be made by April 1. Proposals not received by the January date may be considered later if any funds remain after the first round of awards. So that we can fund several worthy projects each year, 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 of proposed research: 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. The preferred result is a publication in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.
- 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.
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Pamela Camp, Chair
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