McIntire-Stennis Formula Grant


McIntire-Stennis formula grants support forestry research, in accordance with the McIntire-Stennis Act.

Award Information

In general, McIntire-Stennis funds support graduate student training and a small supply budget, with most individual awards ranging from $45,000 to $50,000/yr. Alternative staffing requests will be considered, although requests for larger total amounts of funding will require proportionately stronger justification. Principal Investigators should address these issues under the Justification section.

Please be aware that if your proposal is approved for funding, this approval does not necessarily approve the budget as requested. Funding levels are approved a few months prior to the start of the project. Funding approvals are contingent on funding availability and allowability on Capacity Grants. Requested items/funding categories are subject to disallowance.  See our Formula Grant FAQs and Formula Grant Policies pages for additional information.


McIntire-Stennis funding is open to faculty members in CALS and SOHE. Faculty from other colleges and universities may serve as collaborators on a project, however, it should be demonstrated the needed expertise does not exist within CALS and SOHE. For such collaborations, appropriate matching commitment of resources is required.

Selection Criteria

Each proposal is judged on appropriateness of proposed research for formula funding, quality of the science, and likelihood of successful achievement of those goals.

Interdisciplinary proposals with multiple investigators will be considered in the open competition with the following considerations:

  • High quality of research work proposed
  • Feasibility of the PI’s proposal for obtaining future extramural funding. It is expected that the PI will leverage research products from capacity support to see future extramural funding.
  • Special emphasis on problem solving for Wisconsin or Wisconsin priority list.
  • Realistic budgets (although these may be larger than individual investigator projects)
  • Proposals should specify separate budgets for each investigator, with explicit division of work to be done by each team member. A composite budget should also be entered on the budget form.
  • Evidence the interdisciplinary team has worked together on the proposal. Include a section detailing how the team will function, and mechanisms for joint coordination.
  • Plans to link the research to extension, outreach, or teaching activities should be clearly indicated.
  • Demonstration of productivity from past and present capacity funding for all collaborators.

Authorizing Legislation

McIntire-Stennis Act

Act of October 10, 1962, Public Law 87-788, 76 Stat. 806, 16 U.S.C. 582a, et seq.
Excerpt from Section 7

“The term ‘forestry research’ as used in this Act shall include investigations relating to (1) Reforestation and management of land for the production of crops of timber and other related products of the forest; (2) management of forest and related watershed lands to improve conditions of waterflow and to protect resources against floods and erosion; (3) management of forest and related rangeland for production of forage for domestic livestock and game and improvement of food and habitat for wildlife; (4) management of forest lands for outdoor recreation; (5) protection of forest land and resources against fire, insects, diseases, and other destructive agents; (6) utilization of wood and other forest products; (7) development of sound policies for the management of forest lands and the harvesting and marketing of forest products; and (8) such other studies as may be necessary to obtain the fullest and most effective use of forest resources.”