Small Grant Program (SGP)

The McDaniels Charitable Foundation Small Grant Research Program

TAMUG graduate students remove gonads from a swordfish being weighed in at the Texas Legends Billfish Tournament in Port Aransas, TX. Histological exams were done on gonads from tournaments samples as part of Dr. Chris Marshall's pilot study award.

The Small Research Grant Program is a series of small grants awarded annually through an internal competitive grant review process. The program began as a series of pilot studies funded in 2008 and 2009. Proposals are solicited from specific researchers within the Texas A&M University system, including Galveston, Corpus Christi, and College Station campuses. The program is intended to be broader in scope than the core-value pelagic fisheries ecology research and focuses on research priorities determined by MCF. While we are not currently accepting grant applications, detailed research priorities, program plan, and time line will be available this fall.

Grant Recipients

2008/2009 Pilot Program:

Dr. Antoinetta Quigg: Phytoplankton dynamics and the early life histories of billfishes.

Dr. Jaime Alvarado: Molecular markers for gender determination in the blue marlin.

Dr. Chris Marshall: Reproductive biology of blue marlin based on samples from Gulf Coast tournament landings.