Sagebrush Science Initiative Seeks Second Round of Proposals for Funding


The Sagebrush Science Initiative is a collaborative effort coordinated by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to identify and prioritize science needed for conservation of sagebrush dependent species. In 2016, the agencies accepted proposals for work related to conservation planning or management for sagebrush dependent species at landscape or range-wide scales. Now, the Sagebrush Science Initiative proudly announces an additional call for proposals! Submit your proposal by April 21, 2017. 

The request encourages applicants to submit proposals for traditional research or projects that provide technical assistance to conservation efforts (e.g. habitat mapping, modeling, adaptive management and decision support tools). The science funded through the Sagebrush Science Initiative will support the Sagebrush Conservation Strategy, which WAFWA is coordinating. WAFWA and USFWS identified focal species for management following an initial science needs assessment. Applicants should relate proposals to these species or make a credible case for work focused on other species. This initiative will not fund Greater Sage-grouse projects, but projects evaluating the impact of Greater Sage-grouse management practices on other sagebrush dependent focal species will be considered and are encouraged.

Download the full second request for proposals to learn more. Applicants should also review the science needs identified for sagebrush dependent species in the Actionable Science Plan developed in response to Department of the Interior Secretarial Order 3336. Projects responsive to these needs will receive higher priority.

Proposals should be submitted to the WAFWA Sagebrush Science Coordinator, Dr. Tom Remington, by April 21, 2017.  If you should have any questions, please contact Tom Remington at or at 970-221-3310.