How We’re Funded

The River Basin Center is an almost entirely self-supporting unit. While our directors and faculty members are funded via their home units, nearly all of our staff members and many of our students are funded by external grants and contracts. Currently this external funding exceeds $500,000 per year.

Much of this funding is in the form of competitive grants from federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Park Service, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the US Geological Survey. Other support comes from contracts with local and state governments, consulting firms, and nongovernmental organizations.

Finally, the RBC benefits from a generous endowment from Jim Butler, who established the Butler Fellowship to fund graduate students at the Odum School of Ecology working with the River Basin Center on southeastern aquatic issues, and from other donations. We happily accept contributions toward the mission of the RBC—see the section on Giving if you would like to help.

Kayakers in a creek along the Altamaha River.