Please note that we are soliciting proposals under two separate programs with different priorities, focus areas and approaches. Those interested in applying should carefully read and consider which program is most appropriate for the research they are interested in conducting. Those who wish to apply for either program must contact the Foundation to discuss their proposals prior to submission. Please send a message to: RFP2022@hudsonriver.org to set up a time for a call.
The Hudson River Fund supports scientific research on all aspects of the Hudson River ecosystem, with emphasis on studies that bear on its human uses. 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.
The Foundation places special emphasis on 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. Although the central purpose of the Hudson River Fund is to sponsor research in the natural sciences and public policy, the Foundation recognizes that humans are integral to the ecosystem and is 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 policies.
Program I: Small Grants Focused on Innovation and Synthesis
The Foundation will focus on identifying 3-5 projects that reflect our commitment to supporting innovative approaches to understanding current and emerging issues for the Hudson River Estuary and Watershed. We are targeting projects that can be completed within 12-months, with budgets not to exceed $50,000.