The Hudson River Foundation announces its 2019 Request for Hudson River Fund Research Proposals

Preproposal Deadline: Monday, November 5, 2018

Full Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

View the full 2019 Request for Proposals


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 Hudson River 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.

In the 2019 cycle, the Foundation is seeking proposals for research in the following areas:
  • Restoring the signature fisheries of the Hudson River to their full potential
  • Restoring and improving habitats within the Hudson River Estuary
  • Understanding the watershed (drainage basin) and its influence on the Hudson River
  • Evaluating climate change impacts and implications
  • Understanding human uses and interactions
  • Understanding existing contaminants and contaminants of emerging concern
  • Evaluating ecosystem services

Please consult the 2019 Call for Proposals for further detail.

Instructions for Submission of Preproposals:

Preproposal due date: November 5, 2018

A proposal to the Foundation for a Hudson River Research Grant must be preceded by a preproposal consisting of a cover page, project description of no more than three single-spaced pages, and an estimated budget.

An electronic copy in pdf format of the preproposal must be submitted to by 5:00 pm, Monday, November 5, 2018.

Three hard copies of the preproposal, one with original signatures by the Institutional Representative and Principal Investigator on the Cover Page, and postmarked by November 5, 2018, must also be sent to the Foundation. The preproposals will be reviewed by the Foundation, and the applicant investigators will be notified by Thursday, December 6, 2018, as to whether a full proposal should be submitted. Full proposals will be due by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

Applicants who submitted preproposals and were invited to submit full proposals must submit them by the deadline date, Wednesday, January 16, 2019

View the full 2019 Request for Proposals.

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

Instructions for Submission of Full Proposals:

Full proposals must be submitted in one file in PDF format to: View the full Call for Proposals for details on the format of the preproposal.

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:

One hard copy of the full proposal with original signatures by the Institutional Representative and Principal Investigator on the Cover Page and five copies (6 total), postmarked by Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 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:

2017 Hudson River Fund Grantees

  • Dewayne Fox, Delaware University, with J. Madsen and A. Higgs
    Characterization of Atlantic Sturgeon Spawning and Early Life History Requirements in the Hudson River Hyde Park Reach
  • Karin Limburg, SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry
    Looking into the Big Green and Blue Boxes: Insights on Critical Habitat for Young and Adult Blueback Herring to Assess Resilience
  • Robert Mason, University of Connecticut, with Z. Baumann
    Evaluating the Impacts of Human and Climate Disturbance on Mercury Dynamics and Bioaccumulation in Benthic and Pelagic Organisms in the Hackensack Sub-estuarine System
  • Ann McElroy, SUNY at Stony Brook, with B. Brownawell, H. Sirotkin and D. Aga
    Chemical and Biological Characterization of Sewage Treatment Derived Pharmaceuticals to the Hudson River
  • Daniel Molloy, SUNY Buffalo State, with L. Burlakova
    The Natural Enemies of Dreissenid Mussels: An Update of the Seminal Monograph Published in 1997
  • Scott Steinschneider, Cornell University
    Time-Varying Sediment Yield Models to Support Long-Term Fluvial Sediment Estimates and Climate-Smart Planning in the Hudson River Watershed
  • John Waldman, Queens College, CUNY with S. Alter
    Applying Environmental DNA Analysis to Species Detection in the Hudson River Watershed
  • Howard Rosenbaum, Wildlife Conservation Society, with M. Rekdahl
    Assessing Cetacean Presence in the Lower New York Harbor Estuary Using Passive Acoustic Monitoring