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Hudson River Fund

Scientists and volunteers conducting electrofishing survey in the Bronx River. Photo from final report of 2015 grantee Dr. Merry Camhi of Wildlife Conservation Society, taken by Jake LaBelle of WCS.

The next Hudson River Fund grant cycle will begin in the fall of 2020.

The following information refers to the 2019 cycle:

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.

Key Interest Areas

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: Monday, 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 preproposal@hudsonriver.org by: 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 Monday, 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 Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

Instructions for Submission of Full Proposals:

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

Full proposals must be submitted in one file in PDF format to: proposal@hudsonriver.org.

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

Preproposal Forms:

  • Cover Page:    Excel  |  PDF
  • Budget Instructions:    PDF
  • Preproposal Budget Summary:    Excel  |  PDF

Proposal Forms:

  • Cover Page:    Excel  |  PDF
  • Proposal Abstract:    Excel  |  PDF
  • Budget Instructions:    PDF
  • Proposal Budget Summary:    Excel  |  PDF

Grant Administration Materials: