The Hudson River Foundation announces will announce the 2019 Request for Proposals in September of 2018


The Hudson River Foundation supports scientific and public policy research, education, and projects to enhance public access to the Hudson River. The Foundation was established in 1981 under the terms of an agreement among environmental groups, government regulatory agencies and utility companies seeking the constructive resolution of a long series of legal controversies concerning the environmental impacts of power plants on the Hudson River.

Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement that established it, the Hudson River Fund is dedicated to supporting

"scientific, ecological, and related public policy research on issues and matters of concern to the Hudson River, its tributaries and its drainage basin, with emphasis given, but not limited to, mitigating fishery impacts caused by power plants, providing information needed to manage the fishery resources of the Hudson River, understanding the factors related to the abundance and structure of fish populations, and gaining knowledge of the Hudson River ecosystem."

The Hudson River Fund supports scientific research on all aspects of the Hudson River ecosystem, with emphasis on studies that bear on human uses of the system. Over the next five to ten years, the Foundation intends to invest in research in support of the following areas, with special emphasis in 2019 given to evaluating shorelines in relationship to human use, resiliency and habitat improvement, and ecosystem valuation.

  • Restoring the signature fisheries of the Hudson River to their full potential
  • Restoring and improving habitats within the Hudson River Estuary
  • Understanding the watershed (drainage basin) and its influence on the Hudson River
  • Evaluating climate change impacts and implications
  • Understanding human uses and interactions
  • Understanding emerging and existing contaminants
  • Evaluating ecosystem services

Please consult the 2017 Call for Proposals for further detail.

Instructions for Submission of Preproposals:

Preproposal due date: TBA for 2019

A proposal to the Foundation for a Hudson River Research Grant must be preceded by a preproposal consisting of a cover page, project description of no more than three single-spaced pages, and an estimated budget.

An electronic copy in pdf format of the preproposal must be submitted to by 5:00 pm, Monday, November 7, 2016.

Applicants who submitted preproposals and were invited to submit full proposals must submit them by the deadline date, TBA for 2019

View the full 2017 Request for Proposals. Request for Proposals for 2019 to be released soon

The forms below should be downloaded and submitted with all full proposals. If forms do not download correctly, please contact the Hudson River Foundation at 212-483-7667.

Instructions for Submission of Full Proposals:

Full proposals must be submitted in one file in PDF format to: View the full Call for Proposals for details on the format of the preproposal.

Please name the file in the following format: PIs Last Name_First Initial.pdf (ex: Smith_J.pdf)

The e-mail subject line should read: PIs Last Name - Proposal Submittal (ex: Smith - Proposal Submittal)

Applicants will receive notification of receipt via e-mail. If you have not received confirmation within two business days, please contact us at 212-483-7667.

Hard copy submissions:

Application Materials:

The following forms are available as Microsoft Excel files and in PDF format. Please limit text to the space shown in each box. When all files are complete, combine them into one PDF file with the appropriate label described above.

For formatting and calculation purposes, we strongly recommend using the Excel forms and converting them to a PDF file.

The PDF files are editable, but you must have Acrobat Reader Version 8 or later in order to save fields. Acrobat Reader is available free on the Adobe Web site.

Preproposal Forms:

  • Budget Instructions
  • PDF

Proposal Forms:

  • Budget Instructions
  • PDF

Grant Administration Materials:

  • Final Report Instructions
  • PDF

Please see HRF Grant Administration Guidelines for more details.

Hudson River Estuary Maps

Hudson River Estuary Maps are available for download in PDF format:

2017 Hudson River Fund Grants

  • Dewayne Fox, Delaware University, with J. Madsen and A. Higgs
    Characterization of Atlantic Sturgeon Spawning and Early Life History Requirements in the Hudson River Hyde Park Reach
  • Karin Limburg, SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry
    Looking into the Big Green and Blue Boxes: Insights on Critical Habitat for Young and Adult Blueback Herring to Assess Resilience
  • Robert Mason, University of Connecticut, with Z. Baumann
    Evaluating the Impacts of Human and Climate Disturbance on Mercury Dynamics and Bioaccumulation in Benthic and Pelagic Organisms in the Hackensack Sub-estuarine System
  • Ann McElroy, SUNY at Stony Brook, with B. Brownawell, H. Sirotkin and D. Aga
    Chemical and Biological Characterization of Sewage Treatment Derived Pharmaceuticals to the Hudson River
  • Daniel Molloy, SUNY Buffalo State, with L. Burlakova
    The Natural Enemies of Dreissenid Mussels: An Update of the Seminal Monograph Published in 1997
  • Scott Steinschneider, Cornell University
    Time-Varying Sediment Yield Models to Support Long-Term Fluvial Sediment Estimates and Climate-Smart Planning in the Hudson River Watershed
  • John Waldman, Queens College, CUNY with S. Alter
    Applying Environmental DNA Analysis to Species Detection in the Hudson River Watershed
  • Howard Rosenbaum, Wildlife Conservation Society, with M. Rekdahl
    Assessing Cetacean Presence in the Lower New York Harbor Estuary Using Passive Acoustic Monitoring