Aquatic Invasive Species Grants

Fiscal Years 2020-2021 Request for Proposals

Deadline for TPWD receipt of proposals: June 30, 2019

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) for state fiscal years 2020–2021 under the Aquatic Invasive Species program. Project(s) will be funded upon selection through the end of fiscal year 2020 (August 31, 2020). Research grants that span two years may be awarded, contingent upon additional funds becoming available during FY21. Awards under this grant will not exceed $100,000, but cost-effectiveness will be considered in proposal review to ensure best use of available funding. Funds for this grant are administered by TPWD under Rider 32 Statewide Aquatic Vegetation and Invasive Species Management (state funds), although funding may be augmented from other sources dependent upon number and quality of proposals received. 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, 2020 with a quantifiable end point in the event that funding does not become available for the second year.

Eligibility of Prospective Applicants

Applicants (Principal Investigators [PI]) must demonstrate a proven track record of publications or previous work (e.g., unpublished project reports) in an applicable field.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 (or linking to) a curriculum vitae for each PI.

TPWD will only issue contracts to the following entities:

It is imperative that your agency/institution possess thorough 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 that adequately address one of the following research needs or additional topics of interest will be given priority although proposals on other timely topics will be considered:

Zebra Mussels:

Aquatic Invasive Plants:

Invasive Fishes:

Economic Impacts of Aquatic Invasive Species in Texas:

Other Topics of Interest

Proposal Submission

The deadline for receipt of proposals is June 30, 2019. 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 curriculum vitae for each PI. Attachments should be emailed to Sarah Haas using Microsoft Word or PDF format, and Microsoft Excel or PDF for the Budget Spreadsheet. Please note that email attachments exceeding 30 MB may 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 (including final reports) must be completed by August 31, 2020, with two-year projects having a clearly-defined endpoint for each year as continued funding is contingent upon availability and performance. Two-year projects must be completed in full by August 31, 2021. An anticipated timeline for completion of key tasks, including submission of an interim report and final report, must be included in the proposal (see Project Statement Guidelines).

Funding limits

Maximum funding per grant will be approximately $100,000, although cost-effectiveness will be considered in proposal review. Total funding available for this grant program may be augmented at a later date.

Match requirements

Project Selection

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

Approximate proposal review timeline


Contact information:

Sarah Haas, Ph.D., Senior Scientist I
Rider 32 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 • Office Fax: (512) 389-4405