Wildlife Research Goals and Status

Wildlife Research Goal

The primary purpose of this terrestrial wildlife research program is to seek answers to important wildlife conservation or management questions, inform the public through publications and other venues, and provide research opportunities and professional development for our staff. The goal of 'wildlife research' is to adequately fund and support relevant, quality and feasible scientific investigation through public and private partnerships consistent with TPWD statutes, policies and resources. Quality and reliable research results are preferred over quantity of projects completed. Experimental (manipulative) and observational research with some control, replication and random sampling are preferred.

If you are not requesting any TPWD grant funding, in-kind or personnel support then you do not need approval through this application review process. However, all other federal and state permitting or licensing requirements may apply (i.e., handling, collecting, banding, marking or taking of migratory birds, threatened and endangered species or animal welfare requirements, etc).

Wildlife Research Status

TPWD Wildlife Research Program will accept FY16 new research proposals from October 1, 2014 through January 15, 2015. All proposals complying with these Application Instructions including those not addressing a specific Call for Proposals (CFPs) will be reviewed. However, preference will be given to those identified in response to CFPs.

Applications for grants under this Program must follow all posted guidelines, including the Application Instructions for Wildlife Research Grants. See Wildlife Research Goals and Status and Definitions for the purposes and limitations of this program (see Who is Eligible to Apply?).

Note, these guidelines and this process do not apply to TPWD - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service coordinated Section 6 Threatened and Endangered Species research. Guidelines for these grants may be found at Section 6 Grants.

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