Funding Opportunities

USFWS Announces $100,000 White-nose Syndrome Challenge to Save Nation's Bats

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing a $100,000 challenge to combat white-nose syndrome (WNS), a lethal fungal disease that has killed millions of bats in North America and pushed some native bat species to the brink of extinction. Awards will be given to individuals or teams who identify innovative ways to permanently eradicate, weaken, or disarm the fungus. 

You don’t have to be a bat expert to enter the White-nose Syndrome Challenge. This opportunity is open to anyone with an innovative idea for tools or techniques that will lead to solutions to reduce the effects of the fungus without harming other beneficial species or the environment.

The deadline for individuals or teams to enter the Challenge is December 31, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. ET.  For additional information regarding rules and eligibility, visit the White-nose Syndrome Challenge web page or

CESU Partner Funding Opportunity: Contaminent Effects in Freshwater Systems by Synthesizing Abiotic and Biotic Strem Datasets

The U.S. Geological Survey, John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis, is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU Partner for research to analyze contaminant effects in freshwater systems by synthesizing abiotic and biotic stream datasets. The project will synthesize the >20 years of standardized hydrological, chemical, and ecological samples collected from streams and rivers across the United States by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The datasets will be used to increase understanding of how contaminants such as salts, pesticides, and nutrients in water alter stream organisms, aquatic communities, and ecosystem function. 

Click here for more information and to apply.

Grantor Contact: Faith Graves (

Application Deadline: November 13, 2019