Grants: Resources for Principal Investigators

Indigenous Forest Knowledge Fund - Request for Proposals Spring 2021 (Now Closed)

The NSRC recognizes and respects the deep, primary knowledge of Tribal Nations in the Northern Forest region and announces the NSRC Indigenous Forest Knowledge Fund and associated Request for Proposals:

Spring 2021 Indigenous Forest Knowledge Request for Proposals 


General Request for Proposals 2020 (Now Closed)

View Press Release announcing 2021 Grant Awards (PDF)

NSRC anticipates an estimated $1.5 million will be available to support research projects over the four-year funding period starting in 2021.


  • Interested researchers are required to submit a pre-proposal by October 23, 2020.
  • Full proposals will be due January 22, 2021. 
  • Notifications of final proposal selections will be made in early April 2021. 
  • Funding will be awarded in May 2021 in time for the 2021 field season.

Request for Proposals

Full Proposal Submission


In the 2020 RFP, NSRC received 83 pre-proposals requesting a total of $10.7 million dollars in research support from an available pool of about $1.5 million. The full proposal round will be very competitive, as NSRC is likely to be able to fund only 8-12 projects.

Pre-proposals were reviewed for several aspects of "fit" including 1) clarity of the project goal, 2) relevance to the NSRC mission, 3) attention to the key RFP topic areas, 4) general approach, and 5) expected project outputs and outcomes. Also considered were: the degrees to which a project relied explicitly on or included stakeholder involvement, addressed challenges of regional importance, and communicated the potential to transform understanding of ecosystem science or resource management, or both, in the Northern Forest region. Pre-proposals with the following characteristics rose to the top: relevance across the Northern Forest region, involvement with and relevance to stakeholders and managers, and potential to be transformative to scientists and/or managers. Of the pre-proposals submitted, 29 were considered likely to be competitive in the full proposal round; 31 were considered moderately competitive if the pre-proposal feedback was incorporated; and 23 were considered less competitive. All feedback at the pre-proposal stage is advisory. All PIs who submitted pre-proposals are eligible to submit full proposals, which will receive full external technical reviews.


For questions and more information about this RFP, please contact your state's NSRC manager.


2020 Update 

In 2020, Congress reinstated funding to support the Northeastern States Research Cooperative (NSRC). NSRC 2.0 will again put science to work across the Northern Forest in support of a vibrant and thriving economy and culture, rooted in forest health.


2018 Update - NSRC Survey, Webinar, and Business Report

Download NSRC Press Release announcing Business Report (PDF)

Download NSRC Business Report 2018 (PDF)

View recorded webinar on Charting a Future for Research on the Northern Forest: Visioning an "NSRC 2.0"

Download presentation of survey results (PDF)


Award Terms

Principal Investigators who are delinquent with terms of current or previous NSRC awards, such as reports, are not eligible to apply for NSRC funds until award terms have been met.

Final Report Template

Final report template
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Required Acknowledgment / Disclaimer

Principal Investigators are required to acknowledge USDA Forest Service support in publications, audio visuals, and electronic media developed as a result of awarded projects. Suggested text: "This project was supported by the Northeastern States Research Cooperative through funding made available by the USDA Forest Service. The conclusions and opinions in this paper are those of the authors and not of the NSRC, the Forest Service, or the USDA."

USDA Civil Rights Requirements

All NSRC partners must comply with USDA Forest Service civil rights requirements as described in this pamphlet (PDF).