Texas Wildlife Research Program

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

Wildlife Restoration

Request for Proposals
November 2017


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 $1 million in funding available to support cooperative, cost-share projects that will further the conservation of Texas native bird and mammal species, specifically for the project topics listed within this Request for Proposals (RFP). Unsolicited proposals for topics other than those explicitly listed within this 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 as priority issues for this funding cycle. In previous cycles no project topic prioritization was identified; however, for this cycle TPWD has identified the specific topic areas below as funding priorities. Furthermore, the topics below are listed in order of their relative priority for funding this cycle, as well, with the first topic having the highest priority for funding progressing down to the last having the lowest. All proposals submitted must directly address at least one of the following topics in order to be considered for funding. TPWD reserves the right not to select a proposal in each of the listed topic areas due to funding limitations, insufficient proposal quality, or any other factors deemed appropriate.

Research topics listed in order of priority for funding this cycle:

  1. Addressing Scaled Quail Declines in the Rolling Plains of Texas (PDF)
  2. Improving Habitat for the Texas Kangaroo Rat (PDF)
  3. Influence of Range Management Practices on Mule Deer Movements, Behavior, Survivorship, and Antler Development in the Texas Rolling Plains (PDF)
  4. Mule Deer Movement and Habitat Use within Desert Sky Island Ecosystems of Elephant Mountain and Sierra Diablo Wildlife Management Areas (PDF)

Downloads

Proposal Specifications and Guidelines (PDF)

Download Budget Template (Excel)

Eligibility

Research proposals on these topics 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 agency, public institution 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 private individuals, corporations, organizations or foundations. Partners are considered subcontractors of the primary applicant. Contracts will not be awarded to performing agencies (principal investigators) who are delinquent or deficient in providing deliverables or an approved final report from any previously awarded research contract.

Proposal Submission Deadline and Contact

The deadline for the submission of proposals is the close of business (4:30:00 p.m. CST) on Friday, January 19, 2018. Applicants must submit an electronic copy (Microsoft Word/Excel files) of their proposal in the format described in the attachment to TPWD by this deadline. Email proposals to wildlife.research@tpwd.texas.gov.

Proposals that are received after this date and time will not be considered for selection.

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

  • Mid November 2017 – RFP issued.
  • January 19, 2018 – Proposals due to TPWD. Copies of proposals that followed all submission instructions will be distributed to the internal Wildlife Research Review Committee.
  • Early March 2018– Wildlife Research Review Committee meets to assess, rank, and choose proposals for awards.
  • On or about March 12, 2018 – 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 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, 2018, to submit back to TPWD through their Project Coordinator any requested changes to their proposals as requested by the Wildlife Research Review Committee reviews noted above. 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, 2018.

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