Welcome to the Texas EcoLab, where you can apply for research grants on privately owned land in Central Texas.
What is Texas EcoLab?
EcoLab is a partnership between landowners with ecologically valuable land and university students eager to study Texas flora and fauna. Landowners invite highly qualified researchers to carry out confidential ecological research on their property and in return, substantially reduce their property taxes by up to 98%.
Under this program, your land could transition into wildlife management use after just 2 years — a compelling and cost-effective alternative to the minimum 5 years of grazing or farming typically required under Ag.
Because 97% of Texas is privately owned it can be difficult for researchers at universities or colleges to gain access to private property. The Ecolab program provides access to private property as well as grants for conducting research. We are currently working with researchers from The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M University, Trinity University, Rice University, Texas State University, St. Edward’s University, University of Houston and Mississippi State University.
For more information about the Texas EcoLab program, please visit the Braun & Gresham website.
NEW PROPERTIES AVAILABLE FOR RESEARCH - APPLY HERE
If you applied for a research grant in the past, then you already have an account on the Texas Ecolab website. If you know your password, then you can Log In. If you don't know your password, then click here to reset it, and a new password will be sent to you via email. If for some reason you applied for a research grant in the past, but your email address is not in our system, send an email to support and we will make sure we have your current email address in the system.
If you need to revise your start date or planned property visits, please log in, go to "My Applications", and click "Revise Application" next to the application you want to edit. Here you will find instructions on how to update your research plans for this year.
Register For an Account
If you have never applied for a Texas Ecolab research grant and would like to apply, please register for an account first. Once you are registered, you may then log in and go to "My Applications" to submit a new application.