The mission of the Wildlife Habitat Management Institute is to develop and disseminate scientifically based technical materials that will assist NRCS field staffs in working with their customers and others to promote conservation stewardship of fish and wildlife and deliver sound habitat management principles and practices to America’s land users. The mission of the USDA-NRCS Bobwhite Restoration Project is to develop technology that assists NRCS field staff in future planning and to support research and demonstration projects that, within the context of NBCI habitat and population goals, evaluate the efficacy of NRCS conservation practices in restoration of northern bobwhite habitat and populations. To accomplish these mutually compatible goals USDA-NRCS has developed a program to financially support research projects that specifically evaluate the efficacy of NRCS conservation practices and resource management systems deployed in a manner that achieves the habitat goals of the NBCI.
Research Grants Program:
All Bobwhite Restoration Project grants are awarded on the federal fiscal year. All grants are awarded in 1-year increments. Multi-year grants (up to 3 years) will be considered for funding but will be awarded in annual increments, pending available funds. All grant awards are conditional on availability of funds. All grants are cost-reimbursable, (i.e. organizations receiving grants will be reimbursed for allowable costs once funds are expended and Mississippi State University is invoiced). Invoices may be submitted monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually for up to 75% of the award amount. The final 25% of the grant will not be reimbursed until all deliverables (e.g. reports, products, etc) are submitted.
- Project Duration – Projects of 1-3 years in duration will be considered for funding.
- Leveraging – Projects considered for funding must demonstrate at least a 1:1 leveraging through cost-share, matching monies, other grants, in-kind contributions.
- Funding cap – A maximum of $50,000/year for 3 years will considered for funding.
- Indirect Costs (F & A) not allowed
Final products must include:
- Final Report
- Photos of practices, resource management systems, research activities, etc.
- A photo-ready 2-4 page wildlife technical note describing project outcomes for use by NRCS and partners.
- A Powerpoint presentation describing project objectives, implementation, and outcomes for use in NRCS training.
- Copies of publications, Theses, Dissertations, Manuals, Handbooks, Tech Notes or popular articles that arise from project.
- During the duration of the project grant recipients must host at least one field tour, on-farm demonstration days, or on-site training course for landowners, natural resource management professionals, and/or NRCS field personnel. Field tour must be documented with date, photos of participants, and summary of number of participants, affiliations, and agenda.
NRCS State Office and State Wildlife Agency Endorsement
- A letter of endorsement from the NRCS State Conservationist(s) associated with the study site(s) shall be attached. It is important to know that the evaluation of current working lands technology and proposed technology development are important to the NRCS staff(s) in the field.
- A letter of endorsement from the State Wildlife Agency Director(s) associated with the study site(s) shall be attached. It is important to know that the evaluation current working lands technology and proposed technology development are important to their staff(s) in the field.
- Letters of endorsement should be mailed with cover letter referencing proposal title and Principal Investigator to:
USDA-NRCS/MSU Bobwhite Restoration Project
Attention: Wes Burger
Department Wildlife & Fisheries
Mississippi State, MS 39762