The GRRB may support research that relates to our mandate by writing letters of support, assisting with youth involvement, providing financial or in-kind support (staff time and equipment sharing) and developing partnerships. The degree to which your project aligns with our mandate and research priorities will determine the level of support we can provide. If a research project is not related to our mandate but addresses community interests, the GRRB may still help by putting you in contact with other people or organizations who share your research interests.
Regardless of what type of support you request, please be sure to indicate how your research helps the GRRB meet one or more of its Research and Management Priorities.
Letter of Support
We are willing to provide a letter of support for any researcher planning a project that aligns with our mandate. However, the strength of the letter will depend on how closely your research aligns with our mandate and research priorities.
Please complete the Request for Letter of Support and email it as an attachment to our Environmental Coordinator (the form’s Submit button doesn’t always work). We encourage you to clearly express how your project meets the criteria listed below.
|Your Research Project||Likely GRRB response|
|Strongest letter of support|
|Strong letter of support|
|Intermediate letter of support|
|Least strong letter of support|
It typically takes us between two weeks and a month to prepare a letter of support, depending on the strength of the letter and our staff’s workload. During key times of the year, the volume of requests we receive can be high, so we encourage you to contact us well in advance of any funding or project deadlines.
Wildlife Studies Fund
The GRRB administers the Wildlife Studies Fund, which provides financial support for research on a project-by-project basis. The application deadlines vary from year to year. Please contact us in early December. Funding decisions are typically made in February. Read more and apply.
Under the Wildlife Studies Fund, you can also apply for the Youth Work Experience Program which offsets the cost of youth wages. Employing youth is a great opportunity to provide training and experience, but it also requires the supervisor to take appropriate safety measures. You will be asked to submit a safety plan that meets or surpasses the one outlined in the GRRB Safety Policy. The GRRB is legally required to ensure that your project meets these standards.
If you are willing to cover the costs of staff support (wages), contact us at the beginning of our fiscal year (April), or at least one to two months prior to the work, depending on the size of the request. This period will allow us to assess whether the request can be incorporated into our staff work plans. Requests must also be approved by our Executive Director.
If you are unable to cover the costs of staff support (wages), we ask that you cover any overtime costs. Your request will be reviewed by the GRRB Board of Directors at their February meeting. Please plan your request accordingly.
While the GRRB supports all research that addresses its mandate, we can only actively partner on a few projects each year. Typically, this is when the project directly addresses a GRRB priority which will assist the Board in making management decisions. Developing a partnership like this would be the result of in-depth discussions and a high comfort level with the people and organizations involved. To form a partnership, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with our mandate and to introduce yourselves to the GRRB staff at face-to-face meetings and conferences.
Types of support offered in a partnership:
- Help with funding applications
- In-kind support
- Strong letters of support
- Best practices advice
Requirements to form a partnership: