Successful Grants

I am strongly in favor of open science and am happy to share my successful grant applications on this page. I hope that some future scientists can use these to improve their own grant applications. Keep in mind some of these are old (I will try to attach a year to each one) so 1.) Grant requirements may have changed and 2.) My writing may seem different than it is now (probably mostly in bad ways 🙂 ).

Contact me with questions regarding these applications. I am happy to share what I know.

j.baumann3 [at]


Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Grant (NDSEG):

Graduate fellowship. NDSEG website.

NDSEG Application (accepted as a fellow in 2014).


The Rufford Foundation:


Rufford awards small grants for conservation related research in developing countries. They have 5 levels of funding starting with about $5000 (US) for a pilot study and culminating in a 5th grant worth ~ $20000. You can get 1 grant, all 4, or any number in between. Grants are award sequentially (you can’t get the bigger ones until you have gotten the smaller ones). The Rufford Foundation has reported a 33% success rate for applicants for the first small grant. They prefer to work with applicants to award funding rather than just filtering out applications that are not perfect. This is an excellent funding opportunity.

Below you will find my successful applications:

1st Small Grant (2014)

2nd Small Grant (2015)

Booster Grant (2016)

2nd Booster Grant (In Prep)