Bumble Bee on Thistle

Bumble Bee on Thistle

Fiddler Crabs at Coskata

Fiddler Crabs at Coskata

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative (NBI) provides funding for research projects that expand knowledge of understudied taxonomic groups and the overall biodiversity of Nantucket, Tuckernuck, Muskeget and surrounding waters.

Since 2005, the NBI has awarded $76,035 in funding for 79 accepted research proposals studying a wide variety of topics. 

These grants are awarded annually. A Request for Proposals (RFP) is issued in December every year; the proposal submission deadline is the following March.

We are no longer accepting proposals for our 2019 Small Research Grants Program. The RFP for our 2020 Small Research Grants will be posted in December 2019. The Application Form and Instructions from the previous grant cycle are provided below as an example.

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Check out final report abstracts and associated publications from our previously-funded projects. 


previous grant recipients

The NBI has provided funding for numerous undergraduate and graduate students, academics and independent naturalists. 

local SCIENTIFIC expertise 

Nantucket hosts a diverse scientific community. Looking for insight on a project topic or local information? Reach out to our local experts.


2019 SmaLL Grant Application Information

Interested in applying for an NBI Small Research Grant? Find all the necessary information for preparing an application here.

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land ownership & permission

Before planning your research, check property ownership records to find out who to contact for research permission. Much of our open space is private conservation land. 

2019 SmaLL Grant Application FORM

To apply for an NBI Small Research Grant please fill out and submit this form along with all required information by March 11th 2019. See details in the Application Information.

Tree Swallows staging before fall migration

Tree Swallows staging before fall migration