Consider the following categories of funding for research in natural resources and biology:
Internal Funding. USU's Vice President’s Office of Research provides initial funding for promising research ideas, with the expectation that the investigator follow up with a full proposal for extramural funding. USU's Center for Women & Gender awards grants for faculty travel and research.
Federal Agencies. The purpose of federal grants is so that the grant awardee--using resources provided by the grant--help the funding agency achieve its particular mission. Click here for a list of agencies most likely to provide funding for ecological/biological research. For information on unsolicited funding opportunities with federal agencies, click here.
USU is a partner institute in 3 different Cooperative Ecosystem Study Units (CESU). CESU agreement allow federal agencies to transfer funds to university partners non-competitively. For more on CESU agreements with federal agencies click here.
State Agencies. A significant amount of external research funding to CNR and Biology faculty comes from state agencies. Click here to see a list of agencies that have funded USU ecology/natural resource projects in the recent past.
Private Funding Opportunities. Attracting private funding is more likely when your proposed activity will deliver clear benefits to society or the environment within the project timeline. A private foundation may have multiple areas of interest, and their interests may change over time. They may only fund applicants working in specific geographic areas. Indirect costs may not be acceptable in budgets. You can search for foundation funding on SPIN-Plus and sign up for alerts in your subject area. (You must get a login and create a profile first). However, I find Foundation Center's online database to be more useful. I can do a search for you or you can get full free access at the Salt Lake Public Library or Grand County Public Library. Cyber-Sierra's Conservation Grants Center and Red Lodge Clearinghouse are also good sources of grant information.
Private Businesses/Corporate Donors may restrict giving to the areas where they have operations. They may be responsive to requests to address special community needs/causes; You might consider asking corporate donors to provide services, equipment, or supplies, in lieu of or in addition to cash grants.