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​NWRA Research Grant Pre- Proposal Format

NWRA Research Grant Pre- Proposal Format

Pre-proposals will be reviewed by the NWRA Research Grant Committee and scored for scientific merit and quality, feasibility, and relevance to the goals of NWRA in furthering wildlife rehabilitation as a growing field. Submitters of successful pre-proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal. Please follow the format below for full consideration.

Please use 12-pt single spaced type of a standard font, with non-tiny page margins, saved in a common format such as .doc, .docx, or pdf. Pre-proposals do not need to be excessively long. Please do not exceed 2 pages, exclusive of appendices. Send the completed pre-proposal and any supporting materials to by October 15, 2020. Invitations to submit a full proposal will be returned by November 15, 2020.

Title: <100 characters. The title must clearly describe the project.

Applicant(s) information: Name, affiliation, mailing address, email, telephone number for the project leader. Names and affiliations of additional authors.

Background information: Briefly review what is known so far about the topic and the context for why the study is needed.

Hypotheses, objectives, specific aims: Explain exactly what the study hopes to learn.

Experimental plan: Explain how you will measure outcomes that test the hypotheses or achieve the aims. Include methods of data collection, outcome variables, and statistical methods (if pertinent). What do you hope to learn by doing the study and what information or data you collect will support what you are hoping to find out?  Be brief but specific.

Timeline of study: Specify when the study will happen, when data will be collected, and when analysis should be completed.

Significance to wildlife rehabilitation: Explain how the project is important to wildlife rehabilitation.

Budget: Explain how the grant funds will be spent. Include information on other funding for the project if applicable.



Literature cited: Almost any topic will have had previous information published. Please refer to these sources in the text where appropriate and list them here. The project should advance or deepen our understanding of these previous works or fill in blanks where there is little to no information. Websites, blogs, and opinions are not generally considered reliable sources, but can be good starting points for learning what is known about a topic or may provide links to more reputable sources of information. Google Scholar is a great place to search for scientific literature on broad topics.

Biographic sketch: Brief biography of applicant(s).

To think about now, if invited to write a full proposal:

Letters of support: If the project is dependent on someone else or an outside agency helping in a non-fee-for-service manner, please plan to include a letter of support from them for the project in the full proposal. This is not required for regular lab testing at commercial labs or for direct co-investigators/authors, but if a person or organization will be performing special testing just for the project, please include a letter of support.