The Hudson River Foundation announces:
2013 Hudson River Fund Call for Proposals

Proposal deadline: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

View the full 2013 Request for Proposals (pdf).


The Hudson River Foundation supports scientific and public policy research, education, and projects to enhance public access to the Hudson River. The Foundation was established in 1981 under the terms of an agreement among environmental groups, government regulatory agencies and utility companies seeking the constructive resolution of a long series of legal controversies concerning the environmental impacts of power plants on the Hudson River.

Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement that established it, the Hudson River Fund is dedicated to supporting

“scientific, ecological, and related public policy research on issues and matters of concern to the Hudson River, its tributaries and its drainage basin, with emphasis given, but not limited to, mitigating fishery impacts caused by power plants, providing information needed to manage the fishery resources of the Hudson River, understanding the factors related to the abundance and structure of fish populations, and gaining knowledge of the Hudson River ecosystem.”

The Hudson River Fund supports scientific research on all aspects of the Hudson River ecosystem, with emphasis on studies that bear on human uses of the system. Since utilization of fishery resources and other human uses have been dominant issues in the estuarine portion of the River (New York Harbor to the Troy Dam), the Foundation devotes particular attention to this part of the Hudson River ecosystem. However, the Foundation will consider proposals related to any part of the watershed or nearby coastal areas. Such areas are defined as those that either serve as seasonal habitats for biota of the estuary or influence the physical, chemical, or biological characteristics of the estuary in other ways.

Although the central purpose of the Hudson River Fund is to sponsor research in the natural sciences and public policy, the Foundation also assists in the coordination of research concerning the Hudson River ecosystem and promotes efforts leading to improved management policies. The Foundation seeks to advance understanding of the issues affecting the River by supporting the dissemination of information gained through Foundation-funded research programs and through other sources. The Foundation sponsors workshops and conferences, bringing together authorities working within the Hudson River Valley and elsewhere to discuss scientific and public policy issues. Reports from these meetings give direction for further scientific work and improve the information used as a basis for public policy decisions.


Deadline for Hudson River Fund Proposals: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

View the full 2013 Request for Proposals.

The forms below should be downloaded and submitted with all proposals. If forms do not download correctly, please contact the Hudson River Foundation at 212-483-7667.

Instructions for Submission of Proposals:

Full proposals must be submitted in one file in PDF format to: View the full Call for Proposals (pages 8 - 11) for details on the format of the proposal.

Please name the file in the following format: PIs Last Name_First Initial.pdf (ex: Smith_J.pdf)

The e-mail subject line should read: PIs Last Name - Proposal Submittal (ex: Smith - Proposal Submittal)

Applicants will receive notification of receipt via e-mail. If you have not received confirmation within two business days, please contact us at 212-483-7667.

Hard copy submissions:

Please send hard copies by US Postal Mail. Do not use FedEx or UPS.

One hard copy of the proposal with original signatures by the Institutional Representative and Principal Investigator on the Cover Page, postmarked by January 23, 2013, must also be sent to the Foundation at:

Hudson River Foundation
Attn: Dennis Suszkowski
17 Battery Pl, Suite 915
New York, NY 10004

Application Materials:

The following forms are available as Microsoft Excel files and in PDF format. Please limit text to the space shown in each box. When all files are complete, combine them into one PDF file with the appropriate label described above.

For formatting and calculation purposes, we strongly recommend using the Excel forms and converting them to a PDF file.

The PDF files are editable, but you must have Acrobat Reader Version 8 or later in order to save fields. Acrobat Reader is available free on the Adobe Web site.

Preproposal Forms:

  • Budget Instructions
  • PDF

Proposal Forms:

  • Budget Instructions
  • PDF

Grant Administration Materials:

  • Final Report Instructions
  • PDF

Please see HRF Grant Administration Guidelines for more details.

Hudson River Estuary Maps

Hudson River Estuary Maps are available for download in PDF format:

2011 Hudson River Fund Grants

  • Stephen B. Baines, SUNY Stony Brook
    Quantifying the Role of Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) as the Missing Source of Energy to Zebra Mussel Populations in the Hudson River
  • Robert J. Chant, Rutgers University
    The Effect of Channel Deepening on Flow Properties in the Kill Van Kull and Newark Bay
  • Joel W. Grossman, Geospatial Archaeology, with D. Peteet and L. Johnson
    Synthesis of the Results of a Previously Unreported Federal Mitigation Study of a Buried 3000 y/o Archeological and Environmental Record of Human Occupation, Over-Bank Sediment., & Environmental Change in the Upper Hudson
  • Thomas M. Grothues, Rutgers University, with K. Able
    Impacts of Shoreline Modifications on Fishes and Crabs in New York Harbor
  • Timothy Hoellein, Loyola University, with C.B. Zarnoch and B.F. Branco
    The Influence of Oyster Restoration on Nitrogen Cycling in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary
  • Robert W. Howarth, Cornell University
    Modeling the Fluxes of Sediment and Nutrients from the Watersheds of the Hudson River Basin: Climatic Influences and Controls
  • Andrew Juhl, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, with G. O'Mullan
    Distribution, Persistence, and Resuspension of Sediment-Associated Pathogenic Bacteria in the Hudson River
  • Rainer Lohmann, University of Rhode Island
    The Availability and Bioaccumulation of Sedimentary 2,3,7,8-TCDD and other Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Lower Passaic River
  • Bradley James Peterson, Stony Brook University
    Investigating Ecological Restoration: Enhancement of Fisheries Due to the Presence of Oyster Reefs in the Hudson River
  • David L. Strayer, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, with K. Hattala and A. Kahnle
    Recovery of the Hudson River Fish Community from the Zebra Mussel Invasion