The Maryland Native Plant Society

Research Grants

The 2024 grant applications are now being accepted.

General Eligibility Requirements for Applicants and Projects.

Anyone may apply whose project meets the following criteria:
  • The project must concern Maryland native vascular plants, bryophytes, and/or their habitats.
  • The project may concern plants or habitats outside Maryland if:
    • The applicant demonstrates that the results of the project will add to the body of knowledge about plants and habitats in Maryland; and
    • An appreciable portion of the plant specimens or research sites come from or are located in Maryland.
  • The project may concern the effects of invasive non-native plants on Maryland native plants. 
  • Following these criteria, projects in a number of different fields and disciplines may be appropriate, for example: botany, ecology, genetics, education, environmental restoration, horticulture, and silviculture.

To Apply

  • To ensure consideration, proposals should be submitted by MARCH 25, 2024.
  • Download the 2024 Application
  • Follow the instructions in the proposal template.
  • Email the proposal as a single document to 
    • For additional information, questions may be addressed to

    Background and Scope

    • MNPS allocates funds for empirical, hypothesis-driven research relevant to Maryland's native plants.
    • A committee comprising local educators and scientists will review applications and administer the awards.
    • The committee may choose to fund more than one grant; the maximum amount awarded to any applicant will be $3000.
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