WNS Research Grants

Request for Proposals (RFP) for White-nose Syndrome Research

Bat Conservation, International (BCI) and the Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy are pleased to announce the availability of funding for research projects that identify mechanisms to control the fungal disease White-nose Syndrome, and its causative agent, Pseudogymnoascus destructans. Proposals will be accepted at the footer of this page, between May 20, 2016 — June 20, 2016. Full details of the Request for Proposals can be found can be found here.

Bat with white-nose syndrome hiding

Bat Conservation International has helped lead the fight against White-nose Syndrome (WNS) since its arrival in North America in 2006. WNS is a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats to date and is the primary threat to North America’s hibernating bats. The fungus invades the skin of hibernating bats and disrupts both their hydration and hibernation cycles.

BCI feels that the best way to minimize the impacts of the disease is to manage the fungus that causes it. That’s why we provide critical funding to research projects that seek to develop tools to control the fungus, P. destructans. We feel that biological, genetic, and technological controls will be the solution to WNS.

If you are interested in applying for funding from BCI’s WNS Research Grants Program, please review our current Requests for Proposals to determine if your project fits our objectives and to confirm your eligibility.

For general questions about BCI's WNS granting programs, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This RFP application will be active between May 20, 2016 — June 20, 2016