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 2017 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: Monday, November 7, 2016

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.

Three hard copies of the preproposal, one with original signatures by the Institutional Representative and Principal Investigator on the Cover Page, and postmarked by November 7, 2016, must also be sent to the Foundation. The preproposals will be reviewed by the Foundation, and the applicant investigators will be notified by Thursday, December 8, 2016, as to whether a full proposal should be submitted. Full proposals will be due by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

Applicants who submitted preproposals and were invited to submit full proposals must submit them by the deadline date, Wednesday, January 18, 2017

View the full 2017 Request for Proposals.

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:

One hard copy of the full proposal with original signatures by the Institutional Representative and Principal Investigator on the Cover Page and five copies (6 total), postmarked by Wednesday, January 18, 2017, must also be sent to the Foundation at:

Hudson River Foundation
Attn: Dennis Suszkowski
17 Battery Pl, Suite 915
New York, NY 10004

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:

2013 Hudson River Fund Grants

  • Kenneth Able, Rutgers University, with T. Grothues
    Improvements to New York Harbor Fish Habitats: Evaluation of Essential Fish Habitat for Shallow Shorelines
  • Helen Bailey, University of Maryland, with D. Secor
    Individual Movement Behaviors of New York Harbor Striped Bass and Their Response to Extreme Events
  • Alan F. Blumberg, Stevens Institute of Technology, with P. Orton
    Real-Time Observations in the Hudson River during Extreme Events
  • Wayne Rockwell Geyer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, with D. Ralston
    Sediment Delivery, Trapping and Storage during Extreme Flow Events in the Hudson River
  • Karin E. Limburg, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, with R. Schmidt
    Assessing Silver Eels in the Hudson River Tributaries
  • Frank-Oliver Nitsche, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, with T. Kenna
    Assessing Impacts of Recent Storm Activity on Sediment Transport and Storage in the Hudson River
  • Gregory O'Mullan, Queens College, CUNY, with E. Dueker
    Sewage loading to the Hudson River as a determinant of microbial air quality: exploration of public health connections and monitoring approaches
  • Eric T. Schultz, University of Connecticut, with D. Strayer
    Zebra Mussel Effects on Diet of Early-Stage Fishes in the Hudson River
  • David H. Secor, University of Maryland
    Partial Migration in Hudson River White Perch: Influence of Climate Change on a Dominant Resident Species
  • David L. Strayer, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
    Decision-support tools to improve shore zone management
  • Nicolette Witcher, Hudson River Park Trust
    Hudson River Park's Pier 84 Water Quality Monitoring Station
  • Isaac Wirgin, NYU School of Medicine, and R. Christopher Chambers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Estimating effects of Hudson River contaminants and climate change on critical early life-stages of Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon