Research Grant Application Guidelines

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

Researcher studying a redwoods forest affected by fire
Contract forest ecologist Katie Ohlin with FRST, Inc. gathering data for the League’s Wildfire Effects study. Photo by the League’s Giant Sequoia Forest Fellow Linnea Hardlund.

Research Grant Pre-proposals are due on September 4th, 2020. See Pre-proposal Instructions below for submission information. If your Pre-proposal is selected by our review committee for further consideration, a complete application with the full proposal will be due on October 30th, 2020.

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 conservation science for either coast redwood or giant sequoia forests are welcome.

Both new and recurring applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss proposed research in advance of Pre-proposal submission. Please contact Dr. Kristen Shive, Director of Science, at or (415) 820-5852 to discuss research ideas and how the proposed work may support the League’s conservation mission, as well as ask general questions about the Research Grant Program. Please note that past grant recipients are required to submit an interim progress report or final report to meet their prior grant obligations in order to be eligible for funding in the current grant cycle.

Pre-proposal Instructions

  • Please provide a two-page pre-proposal (excluding references) using the template provided here. Combine the pre-proposal followed by CVs for the Principle Investigators into ONE pdf, and re-name the file as described in template footnote.

Submit the Pre-proposal via email to our review committee at by midnight PST on September 4th. If your proposal is selected for further consideration, you will be notified by September 28th and invited to submit a complete grant application by October 30th.

Pre-proposals dueSeptember 4th, 2020
Invitations for full proposalsSeptember 28th, 2020
Complete application for invited proposals dueOctober 30th, 2020
Grant award notifications sentMid-December, 2020
Grant funding availabilityBy March 31st, 2021

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.

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