2021 Brenda McGown Grant Available!

NERI (http://www.nweri.org/) is offering a $1,000 grant to an individual or team in honor and memory of Brenda McGowan, a NERI supporter and co-founder of the Hubert Prescott Bluebird Recovery Project in 1987 (www.prescottbluebird.com). 

Grant Purpose: To enable an individual or team to conduct research in support of NERI’s mission statement:

The purpose of NERI is to further knowledge of Pacific Northwest natural historythrough research, training, and dissemination of information.

The target recipient is looking into out-of-the-main-stream research, into the neglected corners and niches of ecology.

Application Requirements:  1 page maximum (excluding budget, project reference, and references) stating the following:

  1. Project name and keyword(s) (maximum of 7).
  2. Applicant’s name, affiliation, and contact information (email and mailing address).
  3. Summary of project:
    1.  Purpose and objectives. What will be studied?
    2. Scientific Rationale (why is study important?). 
    3. Methods.
    4. References to existing literature are encouraged.
  4. Project reference contact information (name, position/relationship, phone number, email). The reference should be someone who knows about the project or would be helping to advise or discuss project results.
  5. Budgeted hours for project by personnel and any expenses (including mileage; state the number of miles and multiply by the current government mileage reimbursement rate) 

Use This Budget Template; state the number of miles, if any, elsewhere in application (add rows if necessary).

Project Budget EstimateBudgeted HoursLabor Cost by HourTotal Labor CostsExpensesMileage
Overall Project Cost$$$$
McGowan Grant Request$$$$
Total McGowan Grant RequestNot ApplicableNot Applicable$

Ranking Criteria:

  • Does application adhere to grant guidelines?
  • Does application answer our questions?
  • Is this an underserved, niche research project? 
  • Will the project answer an important question that will result in new knowledge?
  • Will this information be of use to other researchers, biologists, educators, natural resource agencies, and/or the conservation community?
  • What other (if any) funding sources have been sought?
  • How will receiving this $1,000 impact the success of your project?

Application Deadlines:

Announcement: November, 2020; Submittal by January 10, 2021; Award by February 28, 2021.

Grant Requirement:

Upon receipt of award, grantee agrees to sign NERI’s Grant Recipient Agreement, and

Grantee agrees to either (deadline: June 30, 2022; extension available upon request): 

  • Provide a brief report (length unspecified) to NERI; or
  • Present the work and results at a NERI meeting, and provide a written summary to NERI; or 
  • Present the results to a relevant public group of stakeholders, and provide a summary to NERI; or
  • Submit a paper for presentation at a scientific meeting or publication in a scientific or environmental journal or newsletter. 

Submit application (in .PDF form with your last name and initials in filename) and any questions to: info@nweri.org. Previous applicants are encouraged to re-apply. 

NERI is a 501(c)3 organization and NERI volunteers (Associates and Officers) are available to assist with grant writing and other support.