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.

These grants are awarded annually. A Request for Proposals (RFP) is issued in December every year; the proposal submission deadline is March 15th of the following year.

Since 2005, the NBI has awarded $70,630 in funding for 75 accepted research proposals studying a wide variety of topics. 

   Request for    Proposals

Interested in applying for an NBI Small Research Grant? Check out the RFP for our 2018 Small Research Grants Program.


previous grant recipients

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


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

local expertise 

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

  Click on the map above for the most recent Request for Proposals


Looking for a suitable site to do your research? We have established standardized research plots in a variety of habitats.

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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. 

                                                         Tree Swallows staging before fall migration

                                                        Tree Swallows staging before fall migration