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UW-NPS Small Grant Program

The Small Grants Program is funded by the National Park Service and the UW-NPS Research Station at the University of Wyoming. It is limited to US academic institutions, government, and NGO researchers conducting their studies in the Greater Yellowstone Area.

Grants will be evaluated by a panel of park personnel and faculty in diverse fields based on intellectual merit (will the study advance our understanding in some key way), and relevance to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

We love to see proposals that address Grand Teton National Park research priorities, but that is not a requirement for funding. We strive to fund the best science, so if you have a great idea and well written proposal, send it our way! We encourage you to check out research by previous grant winners in our online, full-text searchable project reports.

We encourage grant submissions by and/or for graduate student research support as these small grants can be a vital source of support for students working in the GYE.

2019 RFP – Submission deadline March 15, 2019

How to Apply

Proposals should be submitted as a single pdf via the InfoReady system. Complete proposals must include:

  1. Research proposal.
  2. Budget and justification.
  3. Results of prior support.
  4. Curriculum vitae for the PI and all co-PIs and co-applicants.
  5. Institutional approval.

1. Research Proposal

Research proposals should be no more than 5 pages, including figures and tables. References must be no more than an additional 3 pages. Use 1 inch margins throughout and Times New Roman 11 pt font or larger.

The first page of the proposal should include the project title and a list of all project personnel, their titles, institutions, and a one sentence description of their role in the project. The rest of the page should be left blank.

Pages 2-5 of the proposal should have 4 sections:

  1. Conceptual Framework. Effectively place the research in context and clearly describe the broader relevance of the the work and relevance to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. If applicable, how does the work address specific National Park research priorities (note that the research does not have to address these priorities to receive funding). What fundamental questions are you addressing? Within that broader context, describe the specific aims to accomplished with this funding.
  2. Rationale and Significance. Focus on your particular study and clearly articulate the rationale for addressing your specific aims and the significance of your proposed work.
  3. Research Questions. Outline how each specific aim helps address your overarching questions.
  4. Research Plan. Describe in detail your approach and your plan for addressing each specific aim. Be sure to provide sufficient detail to allow evaluation of the feasibility of the work, including statistical approaches and a time line for completion.

2. Budget and Justification

Grants provide up to $5,000 for 1 year. No indirect charges are allowed. Provide a 1 page budget narrative indicating how the funds will be spent, split by categories: personnel (e.g. graduate or undergraduate student wages), housing (instructions for reserving housing at the station can be found here), travel (airfare, car rental, food), materials and supplies (reagents, small equipment, etc.). Use the budget template provided in InfoReady.

Note: Grant money MAY NOT be used to pay senior personnel (faculty) or to buy major equipment that does not subsequently reside at the station.

3. Results of Prior Support

These grants are intended to kickstart projects in the GYE, leading to preliminary data often critical for successful applications for larger federal, non-federal, and private grants. As such, the small grants are not intended as a long-term source of funding for the same projects.

To be considered for repeated funding, applicants must demonstrate productivity with previously received small grants (peer-reviewed publications, grant applications, whether successful or not).

If any PI on the grant has previously received a UW-NPS small grant or used housing or other station facilities, the proposal must include a summary of results of prior support or facility use. In 1 page or less, briefly overview research accomplishments related to previous UW-NPS funding or previous residence or other facilities support at the station. Also provide a bibliography of all publications (indicate peer-reviewed or not), reports, conference presentations, and grant submissions (whether successful or not) based on research supported by UW-NPS. Proposals from previously-funded PIs will not be reviewed if this section is omitted. If you have not previously received a small grant or used station housing, add the statement: “I have not previously stayed at the station nor have I been awarded a UW-NPS small grant”.

4. Curriculum Vitae

Include a CV no longer than 2 pages for each PI. (The NSF Biosketch format is preferred).

5. Institutional approval

If you are not affiliated with the University of Wyoming, include a letter signed by an authorized representative for your institution indicating they have reviewed and approved the proposal you are submitting. If you need institutional approval, use the template provided in InfoReady.

Final Report

Grant recipients are required to submit a final report to complete the research contract agreement. This report will be included in our annual reports online. The final report is due by December 1, 2019 and is to be submitted via the InfoReady system.

Items to be included in your report are:

  • Title
  • Authors
  • Abstract (less than 200 words)
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Preliminary Results
  • Conclusions
  • Future Work
  • Acknowledgments
  • Literature Cited
  • Figures and Tables
  • Bibliography (in Bibtex format)


Awards are paid out as reimbursements for expenses as they are incurred on the project, not as cash up front. As expenses are incurred, the financial contact at your organization must submit invoices to UW-NPS to receive reimbursement. The grant is administered through Sponsored Programs rather than us, so invoices should be submitted even if the expense was for housing at UW-NPS Research Station.

Grand Teton National Park Internships

Two internship positions jointly supported by GTNP and UW-NPS are available for the summer of 2018: one in social science and Geology/GIS Research and the other in bat ecology. Interns will work directly with park personnel and will be housed at the research station. For more information, see the 2018 Summer Resources Internship Announcement. To learn even more about NPS internships check out this blog.

Applications should be submitted to the following people:
(1) Social Science Research intern:
(2) Ecology of Bats intern:

Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship

The Grand Teton Association offers a fellowship of up to $10,000/project for graduate studies focused on documenting lesser-known aspects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, including Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, and surrounding lands.

2019 Call for Applications

Read the 2019 Call for Applications to learn more about this fellowship.

For more information contact: Jan Lynch, Grand Teton Association Executive Director, 307-739-3406, or Sue Consolo-Murphy, Grand Teton National Park Chief of Science & Resource Management, at 307-739-3481.

Find out more information on previous fellowship awardees and project titles.

Other Opportunities

Other opportunities will be listed below from time to time as they become available. Please check back to see if any new ones have been added. Or, sign up to receive email notifications of grants and internships as soon as we post them. If you are a granting agency with funding opportunities for all types of scientific research, education, and outreach in the GYE, contact us and we’ll be happy to post your announcement here.

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