December 11th, 2023

2024 Brenda McGowan Grant Announcement

NERI is offering a $1,000 grant to an individual or team in honor and memory of Brenda McGowan, a NERI supporter and co-founder of the Hubert Prescott Bluebird Recovery Project in 1987 (

Grant Purpose: To enable an individual or team to conduct research in support of NERI’s mission statement:

The purpose of NERI is to further knowledge of Pacific Northwest natural history through research, training, and dissemination of information.

The target recipient is looking into out-of-the-main-stream research, into the neglected corners and niches of ecology.

Application Requirements: 1 page maximum (excluding budget, project reference, and references) stating the following:

  • Project name and keyword(s) (maximum of 7).

  • Applicant’s name, affiliation, and contact information (email and mailing address).

  • Summary of project:

    • Purpose and objectives. What will be studied?

    • Scientific Rationale (why is the study important?).

    • Methods.

    • References to existing literature are encouraged.

  • Project reference contact information (name, position/relationship, phone number, email). The reference should be someone who knows about the project or would be helping to advise or discuss project results.

  • Budgeted hours for the project by personnel and any expenses (including mileage; state the number of miles and multiply by the current government mileage reimbursement rate)

Applications due 5pm January 31, 2024. Email your submission to

Ranking Criteria:

  • Does application adhere to grant guidelines?

  • Does application answer our questions?

  • Is this an underserved, niche research project?

  • Will the project answer an important question that will result in new knowledge?

  • Will this information be of use to other researchers, biologists, educators, natural resource agencies, and/or the conservation community?

  • What other (if any) funding sources have been sought?

  • How will receiving this $1,000 impact the success of your project?

Grant Requirement:

Upon receipt of award, grantee agrees to sign NERI’s Grant Recipient Agreement, and Grantee agrees to either (deadline: June 30, 2024; extension available upon request):

  • Provide a brief report (length unspecified) to NERI; or

  • Present the work and results at a NERI meeting, and provide a written summary to NERI; or

  • Present the results to a relevant public group of stakeholders, and provide a summary to NERI; or

  • Submit a paper for presentation at a scientific meeting or publication in a scientific or environmental journal or newsletter.

Submit application (in .PDF form with your last name and initials in filename) and any questions to: Previous applicants are encouraged to re-apply.

NERI is a 501(c)3 organization and NERI volunteers (Associates and Officers) are available to assist with grant writing and other support.