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Request for Proposals to Conduct Applied Wildlife Research

The Wildlife Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is soliciting proposals to conduct applied research focusing on specific wildlife management needs. A research need arises when there is a lack of information that impedes or is likely to impede wildlife management/restoration or the public benefit derived from Michigan’s wildlife resources. We are only requesting proposals that address four priority research needs detailed in the attached list.

We anticipate awarding up to $1.85 million in total to complete these research projects addressing our four priority needs. All proposals must contain the elements specified in this Request for Proposals (RFP) and be submitted by 11:59 pm on 10 February 2023. Successful proposals must result in applied technique recommendations that address these needs. Additionally, successful proposals must support the Wildlife Division’s Mission: To enhance, restore, and conserve the state’s wildlife resources, natural communities, and ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the information provided in the proposal guidelines (Attachment A). Evaluation criteria will include but not be limited to, how the proposal meets the provided objectives, the benefit to the Department, applicant personnel qualifications, and cost. Proposals selected for funding will be used to cooperatively establish a grant agreement between the Wildlife Division and the successful applicant and will serve as the project work plan.

Funds for selected proposals will derive from federal Pittman‐Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (PR) funds that require a non‐federal match. Successful applicants must provide a minimum of a 25% cost share that will be used to satisfy the Wildlife Division’s nonfederal match requirement. As successful proposals become cooperative research projects with contributions from both the applicants and the DNR, no payment of overhead costs (indirect costs) will be provided. A waiver of the applicants’ normal overhead costs, however, can be used to satisfy the 25% nonfederal match requirement.

Attached is the list of priority research projects we are requesting proposals for through this announcement. Proposals for projects that are not specifically designed to address one of these priorities will not be considered.

  • Job Type: Other
  • Application deadline: 02/10/2023
  • Organization: Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Qualifications: This opportunity is open to institutions of higher education, i.e., colleges and universities. Other organizations and agencies can be involved with the research and may appear on the proposal; however, the Wildlife Division only has granting authority for research with colleges and universities. Therefore, the application, Principal Investigator(s), award dollars, and responsibilities for meeting grant agreement objectives, deliverables, and reports must be with a college or university. Researchers must also have a demonstrated ability to conduct graduate level research on applied wildlife conservation issues.
  • How to apply: Submittal Method – Email your proposal to Jamie Fuller at using the following subject line: FY2023 WLD RFP – Title # and Submitter Name (e.g., FY2023 WLD RFP - Title 1 Stephen Beyer). Please provide contact information in your submittal email for the designated person we can contact should we have any problems with properly receiving your proposal.

Contact Information

Jamie Fuller
Wildlife Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
(517) 648-4222

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