For Graduate Students


Applications Due October 13, 2003

Description: This grants program targets the watersheds of the lower Sacramento Valley Region, with an emphasis on the Putah Cache Bioregion. Funding is provided for graduate students to delve into aspects of the nature and culture of this region. The purpose of the grants program is to create a community among researchers who have common interest in exploring what it means "to live in a bioregion". The grants program will be accompanied by an ongoing and informal bag lunch series on bioregional issues.

Proposals may address any of the following AND must include some study or consideration of regional biodiversity or biological resources and implications for the human community within that bioregion:

a) Living in Place - community, cultural, artistic, or educational aspects of the Putah Cache Bioregion and the relationship to natural systems or landscape.
b) Studies on the theory of bioregionalism or comparative bioregions with reference to the Putah Cache bioregion.
c) Biodiversity and/or watershed science in these watersheds.
d) Science and decision making, especially related to biodiversity, native or endemic species, restoration, or stewardship.
e) Studies related to food sheds (sustainable agriculture or food systems) and biological resources.

Projects should take place in the Putah Cache Bioregion or lower Sacramento Valley Region (e.g. natural reserves, communities, public or private spaces, wild, restored, or cultivated lands). The Putah Cache Bioregion is a sub-region of California's Central Valley Bioregion. See for more information. Partnerships with governmental or nongovernmental organizations around critical bioregional issues are also encouraged.

Applications: For an application, contact the Public Service Research Program at 752-7823 or email Applications are due by 5 PM on October 13, 2003.

Awards will be announced soon after and projects can begin immediately. The ongoing bag lunch series will start during the fall quarter 2003. Grant recipients will be required to present aspects of their work at some point. Funds provided are up $3,000 for full projects or up to $1,000 for pilot or exploratory projects. Funds received must be spent by December 31, 2004.