Science and Research Grant Program 2023 (OPEN until July 27, 2023)

The Conservancy is soliciting proposals for its 2023 cycle of the Science and Research Grant Program.

The Conservancy's Science and Research Grant Program funds research that endeavors to illuminate, and where possible to resolve, uncertainties associated with management of the natural communities and species covered by the HCP. Research selected for funding will aid in achieving the biological goals and objectives of the Plan and inform management actions and/or contribute to the general understanding of a covered species. Such research will generally relate to the following: 

  • Efficacy of natural community enhancement/creation/restoration techniques
  • Refining ecological requirements of covered species
  • Response of covered species and natural communities to implementation of management actions within the Preserve System
  • Strategies to conduct management or monitoring actions that support and/or lead to better management of natural communities or covered species, and/or on-site cultural resources.

Previous efforts have included development of the Historical Ecology Report, studying golden eagle flight patterns to better understand the interactions eagles have with wind turbines, refining the understanding of blooming periods of specific special status plants, monitoring the success of translocated vernal pool crustacean inoculum (fairy shrimp cysts) to constructed/restored wetlands, and studying manzanita and pine tree die-off on Mount Diablo. Several of these studies are linked at the bottom of the page.

Proposals must be submitted electronically as a PDF to Maureen Parkes at by Thursday, July 27, 2023 at 5 p.m.

See the 2023 Request for Proposals (PDF) 

List of Potential Pilot Research Ideas from Plan (PDF)

Download KMZs and shapefiles of the Plan Inventory Area and Preserve System

Previous Studies