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UW-NPS Small Grant Program

Our small grant program funds ~12 projects each year (up to $5000 each) for research in the Greater Yellowstone Area. 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.

2018 RFP – Submission deadline March 2, 2018

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 each PI.
  5. Institutional approval (if applicant is not with UW).

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 work and relevance to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. If applicable, how does the work address specific National Park research priorities (note that research does not have to address these priorities to receive funding). What fundamental question(s) are you addressing? Within that broader context, describe the specific aims to be 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 timeline for completion.

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, travel (airfare, car rental, food), materials and supplies (reagents, small equipment, etc.). If you will be needing housing at the station, be sure to submit a housing form. Use the budget template which is 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.

Results of Prior Support

If any PI on the grant has previously received a UW-NPS small grant or used housing or other station facilities, the proposal must also 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”.

Curriculum Vitae

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

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, 2018 and is to be emailed to

Reports should be submitted in the following format:

  • Main Text
    • The report should be in Word (.doc or .docx) format.
    • 5-10 pages
    • Sections: Title, Authors, Abstract (less than 200 words), Introduction, Methods, Preliminary Results, Conclusions, Future Work, Acknowledgments, Literature Cited
    • Do not use all caps for titles, sections, authors, or affiliations
  • Figures and Tables
    • Figure and table legends should be at the end of the main text.
    • Send figures and tables as separate .jpg files.
  • Bibliography
    • Send references cited in a separate file in Bibtex format.
      • If you use EndNote, select the Bibtex style and export the cited references as a txt file. (Instructions here) Ignore all the information about labels as we can fix those ourselves.
      • If you use Zotero, select the references you cite in the report, right click to “Export Item(s)” and then choose the Bibtex format.

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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    The Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund in Jackson Hole helps maintain local wildlife populations by supporting research, education, and monitoring. Each year they provide small grants (average $4000-$5000) to researchers. If you have a project that fits their mission and guidelines, they would love to hear from you. Proposals are due each February 1.
  • RM-CESU Newsletter
    Read the newsletter from The Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit for grant opportunities.
  • Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change
    The Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change (FPL) supports paid internships to highly accomplished undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates to work in national parks for approximately 12 weeks on projects in climate change research, interpretation, park operations, policy development, and other fields. You can find the application here.
  • Jerry O’Neal Research Fellowship
    The fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resources issues and how these interact with human values.