National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
09/19/19 11:59 PM ET
Grants starting at $50,000 to USA and territories and Canada nonprofit organizations, tribal entities, institutions, for-profit entities, and government agencies for programs to mitigate the spread of white-nose syndrome disease that affects North American bat populations.
The objectives of the BFF are to:
- Advance field treatments and management tools that provide the greatest potential to prevent exposure of bats to Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), the fungal pathogen that causes WNS, and improve survival from WNS;
- Implement field treatments, management tools and conservation strategies that help WNS-affected bat populations to recover and rebound from the impacts of WNS; and,
- Support innovative and collaborative research leading to the development and deployment of treatments and management tools for WNS that will perpetuate viable populations of bats.
The Bats for the Future Fund will award grants preferentially for projects that focus on development and deployment of field treatments, management tools and conservation strategies within the WNS established area (i.e., where WNS is endemic) and on the leading edge of its spread across North America. Project objectives should vary depending on epidemiological focus of the proposed work as it relates to the spread of Pd and WNS.
For more information on the epidemiological focus of funding, see page 1 of the RFP document in Supporting Documents below.
The BFF will support research and management actions that address the priorities enumerated below. Competitive proposals will aim to develop and implement treatments and management solutions for WNS to minimize the short and long-term impacts of the disease.
Applicants are encouraged to consider cross-disciplinary and innovative approaches to solving challenges associated with deployment and management. Collaborations (e.g., across disciplines, countries, academic institutions, agencies, etc.) that leverage the best thinking may include modern design systems like makerspaces or hackathons.
1. Field treatments and management tools that prevent exposure of bats to Pd or improve survival from WNS.
2. Field treatments, management tools and conservation strategies that help WNS-affected bat populations to recover and rebound from the impacts of WNS.
For more information on the program priorities, see the RFP: https://www.nfwf.org/bats/Documents/2019rfp.pdf#page=2
Projects may include, but are not limited to:
- Biological or chemical controls, which include, but are not limited to antimicrobial or antifungal agents, antagonistic pathogens (mycoviruses), probiotics, bacteria or fungi that are capable of reducing, inhibiting or preventing the growth and/or establishment of Pd.
- Vaccines or other immune-modulating techniques to reduce host susceptibility to WNS.
- Genetic/genomic manipulations, or other molecular technologies, that reduce Pd’s ability to proliferate, survive, spread, and/or infect bats.
- Development and implementation of habitat modification and enhancement strategies that result in guidance or direct action to improve survival of WNS-affected bats.
- Development of scalable treatment delivery systems.
- Incorporation of non-target effects of treatments to organisms and the environment.
- Testing field efficacy and feasibility across varying environmental and biological settings or using treatment agents and/or management strategies in combination or under varying conditions.
GrantWatch ID#: 186188
Grants requests must be greater than $50,000 and should be no more than $250,000; however, higher amounts will be considered for projects seeking to deploy treatments and management strategies on a widespread basis within the grant period of performance. Applicants contemplating requesting more than $250,000 should contact NFWF staff in advance for guidance.
The start date for projects can be back-dated to September 19, 2019 in order to seek reimbursement for costs already incurred or to capture matching contributions. Projects must start within six months of award and be completed within two and no more than three years after notification of grant award. Notification of award is projected to be early January 2020.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Easygrants online system: https://easygrants.nfwf.org/
For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:
Michelle Katz, Program Coordinator
For issues or assistance with our online Easygrants system, please contact:
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET, Monday–Friday.
Include: your name, proposal ID #, e-mail address, phone number, program you are applying to and a description of the issue.
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