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White-nose Syndrome Small Grants Program, 2016-2017 - Research and Communication Needs

Deadline:

The USFWS has made funds available to support research and communications needs outlined in the White-Nose Syndrome National Plan. This opportunity is open to all entities EXCEPT U.S. Federal government agencies. The deadline to submit a proposal is October 12, 2016. As of July 8, 2016, WNS or evidence of the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) has been reported from at least one location in 32 states and five Canadian provinces in North America. Seven North American, thirteen European, and one Asian species of bats have been confirmed with WNS and additional five North American, two European, and five Asian species have been detected carrying Pd. Surveys in affected areas in North America continue to reveal population declines associated with the disease, and evidence to date suggests that several affected bat species are not likely to stabilize or recover in the immediate future. To assist in the advancement of conservation efforts to manage WNS, we will award grants of up to $40,000 to address Priority Research and Communications needs. The Service has committed up to$250,000 for this grant program in 2016.

The coordinated response to white-nose syndrome in the U.S. is led by the USFWS in the framework of a national plan developed by many agencies, organizations, institutions and individuals involved in the response. The plan includes organization of actions guiding research and communications. Each year working groups established under the plan determine priority actions for their topics. Information about the working groups is available here. In 2016 The USFWS has committed up to $250,000 for this program. To advance conservation in managing WNS, we will award grants of up to $40,000 to address priority research and communications needs.