The Hudson River Fund supports scientific research on all aspects of the Hudson River ecosystem, with an emphasis on studies that help us understand how the ecosystem is changing and how it is interacting with human communities. Issues in the tidally-influenced estuarine portion of the River (New York Harbor to the Troy Dam) have been a long standing priority, however, the Foundation continues to focus on research needs related to any part of the watershed or nearby coastal areas.
The Foundation is particularly interested in research that has clearly articulated significance for identified policy issues and is conducted in the context of other ongoing research and monitoring in the River and its watershed. We affirm that humans are integral to the ecosystem and are therefore interested in research that can provide insights on the interaction of social, cultural, economic and biophysical systems, especially studies that can provide new information leading to improved management decisions and policies.
The HR Fund solicits proposals on an annual basis. Requests for proposals for the 2024 grant cycle will be announced later this year.
HR Fund Projects Supported in 2023
In 2023 we solicited proposals under two separate programs with different priorities, focus areas and approaches.
2023 Team-based Research Addressing Priority Issues and Opportunities
Brett Branco and Daniel Shtob, Brooklyn College and Matthew Shudtz, University of Georgia: Regulatory Impediments to Natural and Nature-Based Features in Shallow Water Habitat Restoration
This project will be led by a research team with expertise in ecology, sociology, law, engineering, and landscape architecture design. Their research will integrate scientific and policy knowledge in a novel effort to understand the challenges and opportunities to advance projects designed to enhance shallow-water habitats in the Hudson River Estuary. The results of this study will help a broad community understand regulatory norms and their impact on shallow-water habitat restoration and enhancement. In addition, the team will consider how regulations might be adapted to accelerate restoration efforts while maintaining the necessary protections needed to manage the highly urbanized harbor and estuary.
Drs. Gabriel Perron and Elias Dueker of Bard College: Community-Engaged Water Quality Data Synthesis in the Saw Kill Watershed
Understanding how changes in the biophysical and microbial characteristics of Hudson River tributaries relate to stewardship and management decisions is an important challenge. This project brings together researchers with a particular interest in the prevalence and variability of micropollutants, including indicators of antibiotic resistant microorganisms, over long timeframes. Their work includes a comprehensive synthesis of unique historical data sets from the Saw Kill catchment in Dutchess County. The team at Bard has experience in microbiology, data science, and community engagement and will work closely with community members, elected leaders, and managers to understand and develop data products that can help serve community needs.