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Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, For-Profits, and IHEs for Reviews and Research Related to Watershed Restoration

Restoration Research Award Program

GrantWatch ID# 178041
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Chesapeake Bay Trust, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Department of Transportation - State Highway Administration, and Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection

Geographic Focus
USA: Maryland

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/06/23
Deadline: 01/26/23 4:00 PM EST

Grant Description
Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations, businesses, and institutions of higher education for literature reviews and research related to watershed rehabilitation. Funding is intended to find solutions to obstacles to the implementation of watershed restoration projects. The goal of the program is to increase confidence in proposed restoration project outcomes, clarify the optimal site conditions in which to apply particular restoration techniques, provide useful information to regulatory agencies in project permitting, and offer information that will help guide monitoring programs.

The Restoration Research Award Program funds the answers to key restoration questions focused on the effectiveness of watershed restoration practices. The Pooled Monitoring Initiative pools resources to support scientists who answer key restoration questions posed by the regulatory and practitioner communities through this Restoration Research Request for Proposals (RFP). The ability to pool funding allows for rigorous research to address these large, complicated questions that require robust experimental design carried out by the best research teams.

The research questions are organized into three themes:

  • Effectiveness of stormwater and stream restoration programs at the watershed/catchment scale
  • Effectiveness of restoration practices at the project scale
  • Trade-offs in resource improvements incurred by restoration practices and the resulting net ecological change as measured by a common “currency.

For additional information about these key restoration questions, see:

Investigators may request funds to undertake the following activities pertaining to any of these questions:

  • Conduct a literature review/synthesis, if the case can be made that enough is already known about a question
  • Answer a component of the question with a research project in which specific hypotheses are tested. Research projects may include:
    • Experimental or descriptive work in the field;
    • Experimental work in the laboratory;
    • Modeling studies; and/or
    • Use of existing data, if deemed appropriately suited (properly collected with appropriate metadata); or
  • Develop a regulatory or practitioner tool related to one or more of the questions that advances the pace or efficacy of the field in question, if the case can be made the tool is needed and you have ample information to support tool development. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Both not-for-profit entities (academic institutions, non-profit organizations) and for-profit entities are permitted to apply. The strongest proposals will show committed partnerships with various types of organizations. Organizations need not be based in Maryland, but the work must be relevant to Maryland’s restoration, regulatory, and/or practitioner communities since many funders are based in this state.

The following cannot be funded:
- Endowments, deficit financing, building programs, or venture capital
- Food and beverages
- Mitigation activities
- Political lobbying
- Reimbursement for a project that has been completed or materials that have been purchased

Pre-Proposal Conference
An online information session will be held January 6, 2023, from 12pm to 1pm EST.


Pre-Application Information
Deadline is: January 26, 2023 at 4pm EST

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit at least a few days prior to the deadline given the potential for high website traffic on the due date.

Applications will be disseminated for peer review between February 1 and February 23, 2023. By March 1, 2023, applicants may be provided with a set of questions from the first round of proposal review. Applicants must make a representative available to answer reviewer questions for one hour on a date to be determined between April 17 to April 21, 2023. These dates and times are subject to change with any updates posted to the award program website.

The FY 2023 Pooled Monitoring Initiative’s Restoration Research awards will be announced in June 2023.

Match is encouraged but is not required.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Literature reviews will be funded at up to $50,000 and there is no cap for research projects.

Term of Contract
Project timeframe and funding requests are not set and the research project funding request and timeline should correspond with the goals of the project.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

For questions and technical support, contact:
Sadie Drescher, Director of Restoration Programs
(410) 974-2941 x 105

The Chesapeake Bay Trust
108 Severn Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21403
(410) 974-2941

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