Save the Redwoods League supports basic and applied hypothesis-driven research on the biology and ecology of coast redwood and giant sequoia forests.

Garth Hodgson with Newt
Researchers Garth Hodgson and Hartwell Welsh pay particular attention to tiny amphibians in their League-funded research study.

Research Grant Pre-proposals are due before 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. See Pre-proposal Instructions for submission information. If your Pre-proposal is selected by our review committee for further consideration, a complete application with full proposal is due on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

Save the Redwoods League funds research that deepens our understanding of how to protect redwood forests in a changing environment. Proposals on all topics that advance redwood forest science to inform conservation and restoration are welcome in 2015. Previously funded topics include:

  • Forest restoration
  • Species interactions
  • Climate change
  • Fire
  • Wildlife
  • Invasive species
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Demography
  • Rare and threatened Species
  • Microbial ecology
  • Genetics
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Water cycling
  • Disease ecology
  • Plant physiology
  • Plant structure and function
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Disturbance

Both new and recurring applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss proposed research in advance of Pre-proposal submission. Please contact Emily Burns, Director of Science & Education, at or (415) 820-5808 to discuss research ideas and questions about the Research Grant Program.

Pre-proposal Instructions

Please provide a two-page pre-proposal (excluding references) that addresses the following questions:

  • What is the compelling research question?
  • What methodology will be used to answer this question?
  • What will we learn about redwood forests if we fund the research?
  • How will the proposed research support the League’s conservation mission to protect, restore, and steward redwood forests?
  • Is additional funding available to support this research?
  • Who is the primary investigator and what is their background in the field?

Submit the Pre-proposal via email to our review committee at by 6 p.m. PDT on September 16, 2015. If your proposal is selected for further consideration, you will be invited to submit a complete grant application with full proposal.

Pre-proposals due 6 p.m. PDT on September 16, 2015
Proposal notifications sent October 1, 2015
Complete application for invited proposals due 6 p.m. PDT on November 11, 2015
Grant award notifications sent December 18, 2015
Grant funding availability March 1, 2016

Application Eligibility

  • We only accept applications from nonprofit organizations (including universities and public agencies) as described in 26 USC Section 170(b) (1) (A) [other than clauses (vii) and (viii)] and not from individuals.
  • Funding requests should not exceed $25,000 and matching funds are encouraged.
  • The League does not fund indirect costs.
  • Past grant recipients must have submitted an annual progress report or final report for all previous League grants in order to be eligible for funding in the current grant cycle.