Texas Wildlife Research Program

Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson) Grants

Wildlife Restoration

Request for Proposals
November 2018


Project Scope

The Wildlife Research Program of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is requesting proposals from universities and non-profit organizations/agencies interested in partnering with TPWD to investigate important wildlife conservation and/or management questions through grant funded research opportunities. The origin of this funding is the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (WR) program, which is a federal assistance program for state wildlife conservation agencies. The purpose of the WR Grants program is to restore, conserve, manage and enhance wild birds and mammals and their habitats. During this funding cycle, TPWD plans to make up to $500,000 in funds available to support a cooperative, cost-share project specifically for the project topic listed below. Unsolicited proposals for topics other than the one explicitly listed within this Request for Proposals (RFP) will not be considered for funding. Additionally, proposals for law enforcement, education, recreation, non-birds or mammals, and plant conservation activities are not eligible for WR Grant funding.

Background

The WR program is a federal cost-share program that supports proactive conservation and management activities that benefit native bird and mammal species and their habitat.

Because of the federal granting requirements that are passed along to TPWD, all grants must be administered as cost-share agreements through the grant applicant’s agency or institution. All grants require a non-federal (i.e. private, municipal, or state funding) match of 25% of the total grant cost (funds are available on a 75:25 cost-share ratio). The grant applicant’s institution/organization must provide the matching funds (25% of the total project costs) and the source of these matching funds must be identified in the grant proposal. Grant funds will be provided to the grantee on a reimbursement basis; the grantee's institution or organization will receive reimbursement of up to 75% of their eligible invoiced expenses.

Statement of Work

This solicitation calls for proposals that will implement specific conservation actions that have been identified by TPWD Wildlife Division staff as priority issues for this funding cycle. Due to the more limited nature of funding made available this funding cycle relative to previous years, only one research topic of interest is listed for funding. All proposals submitted must directly address the following topic in order to be considered for funding. TPWD reserves the right not to select a proposal due to funding limitations, insufficient proposal quality, or any other factors deemed appropriate.

Research topic of interest for this funding cycle:

Distribution and Abundance of Summer Bats in Texas PDF

It is highly recommended that the Principal Investigator (PI) communicate with the RFP contact listed in the Distribution and Abundance of Summer Bats in Texas document above at the beginning of the proposal writing process to insure that your proposal will address the issues of interest to TPWD using methodologies of interest to the agency. This will greatly increase the likelihood of your project being funded.

Downloads:

Use the following templates for submitting proposals. Proposals using older formats will be rejected.

Eligibility

Research proposals on this topic are encouraged from university personnel and other qualified researchers from public (governmental) and nonprofit organizations. Primary applicants may include U.S. city, county, state, or federal government agencies, public institutions of higher education, or nonprofit organizations. Primary applicants must be in good standing with the Texas Comptroller and TPWD Accounting, regarding business and contracting practices. Partners (secondary applicants, cooperators or collaborators) include other universities, private individuals, corporations, organizations or foundations. Partners are considered subcontractors of the primary applicant. Contracts will not be awarded to performing agencies (or principal investigators) who are delinquent or deficient in providing deliverables for current or past contracts or an approved final report from a previously awarded research contract.

Proposal Submission Deadline and Contact

The deadline for the submission of proposals is the close of business (5:00:00 p.m. CST) on Friday, January 18, 2019. Proposals that are received after this date and time will not be considered for selection. No exceptions will be allowed.

Applicants must submit an electronic copy (Microsoft Word/Excel files) of their proposal in the format described in the attachments to TPWD by this deadline. Email proposals to wildlife.research@tpwd.texas.gov.

Questions regarding the content of this RFP may be directed to wildlife.research@tpwd.texas.gov.

The solicitation and evaluation will follow the timeline below.

Approximate Timeline:

  • Early November 2018 — RFP issued.
  • January 18, 2019 — Proposals due to TPWD. Copies of proposals that followed all submission instructions will be distributed for review.
  • March 2019 — Wildlife Research Review Committee meets to assess, rank, and choose final proposal for award.
  • On or about April 1, 2019 — Successful grant applicants will be notified, any needed revisions to the proposal will be requested of the PI, and a TPWD biologist will be assigned to the project. The TPWD lead biologist, or Project Coordinator (PC), will work with TPWD's Federal Aid office to guide the proposal through the process of becoming a federal grant (i.e. creation of the grant's project statement using the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's online system, creation of required environmental compliance documentations, etc.). The project is subject to final approval by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Once the federal award is received, TPWD will enter into a contractual agreement with the sub-recipient and ultimately issue a purchase order to fund the project.
  • Awardees (PIs) will have until May 1, 2019, to submit back to TPWD through their PC any requested changes to their proposals as requested by the Wildlife Research Review Committee. Delays in return of these updates/edits will result in a delayed project starting date in the contract.
  • Due to the time requirements needed for full processing by both the TPWD and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, projects cannot have starting dates earlier than September 1, 2019.