Aquatic Invasive Species Research Grants

Fiscal Years 2022-2023 Request for Proposals

Deadline for TPWD receipt of proposals: May 31, 2021

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) for state fiscal years 2022–2023 under the Aquatic Invasive Species program. Research grants that span one or two years may be awarded. Awards will begin no earlier than September 1, 2021 with all grants terminating no later than August 31, 2023. It is recommended that proposal budgets not exceed approximately $50,000 per year; cost-effectiveness will be considered in proposal review to ensure best use of available funding. Approximately $120,000 in funding per year total is expected to be available for this grant program, although funding may be augmented from other sources if available. Funds for this grant are administered by TPWD under Statewide Aquatic Vegetation and Invasive Species Management (state funds). For proposals that entail two years, the first year of research should be independent of year two and be capable of being completed by August 31, 2022, with a quantifiable end point in the event that funding does not become available for the second year. Prior to proposal submittal, it is suggested that investigators contact the TPWD Senior Scientist for Aquatic Invasive Species (monica.mcgarrity@tpwd.texas.gov) or other TPWD biologist(s) with expertise in the study area to discuss and refine potential proposals.

Click here for a PDF of this FY22-23 AIS Request for Proposals.

Eligibility of Prospective Applicants

Applicants (Principal Investigator; PI) must demonstrate a proven track record of publications or previous work (e.g., unpublished project reports) in an applicable field. Please address this in your submission by providing a statement of qualifications to conduct the project and a curriculum vitae for each PI.
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It is imperative that your agency/institution possess knowledge of State of Texas purchasing rules and have the administrative expertise and infrastructure to be able to manage state contracts.

Project Funding Priorities

Proposal objectives should not duplicate previous research and the proposal must clearly demonstrate that this is a novel project that fills a research gap. Projects must adequately address one of the following priority research topics to be considered; whether a proposal addresses a top priority topic will be considered in scoring proposals. It is recommended that projects also address a priority species and whether a top priority species is addressed will be considered in scoring proposals; however, proposals on other non-priority species will be considered.

Top Priority Topics

Other Priority Topics

Top Priority Species

Other Priority Species

Proposal Submission

The deadline for receipt of proposals is May 31, 2021. Each proposal package must contain the following items: (1) the Project Statement as described in the Project Statement Guidelines, (2) a Budget Spreadsheet, and (3) a statement of qualifications and curriculum vitae for each PI. Attachments should be emailed to Sarah.Haas@tpwd.texas.gov using Microsoft Word or PDF format, and Microsoft Excel or PDF for the Budget Spreadsheet. Please note that email attachments exceeding 35 MB need to be delivered in separate emails to overcome file size limitations and .zip files will be rejected by our email server.

When constructing the proposal package, please also adhere to the following in addition to the project statement guidelines and budget spreadsheet instructions:

Project Timeline

Projects must be completed by August 31, 2023. Two-year projects must have a clearly defined endpoint for each year, as continued funding is contingent upon availability and performance. An anticipated timeline for completion of key tasks, including submission of biannual and final reports, must be included in the proposal (see Project Statement Guidelines).

Funding Limits

It is recommended that proposal budgets not exceed approximately $50,000 per year. Approximately $120,000 in funding per year total is expected to be available for this grant program, although funding may be augmented from other sources if available.

Match Requirements

Indirect Costs

Indirect costs are no longer capped at 15%, although this rate is recommended. TPWD has a statutory and fiduciary responsibility to maximize cost-effectiveness of grant dollars. One important measure of cost effectiveness is the quantity or quality of tangible products proposed to be generated from funded projects. Applicants may voluntarily reduce their reimbursable indirect (F&A) rates to dedicate more funds to their project goals. Unrecovered indirect costs may be used to meet match requirements.

Project Selection

Proposal evaluation is based upon: (1) scientific rigor (sampling effort, methodology, etc.); (2) how well it addresses the primary research topic; and (3) cost-effectiveness.

Approximate Proposal Review Timeline


Contact information:

Sarah E. Haas, Ph.D., Senior Scientist I
Aquatic Invasive Species Research Coordination Committee Chair
Inland Fisheries Division
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744
Email: Sarah.Haas@tpwd.texas.gov • Office Tel: (512) 389-4655