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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Conservationists, Educators, and Scientists for Aquatic Wildlife Projects

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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/16/23
Deadline: 09/08/23 6:00 PM CET (Central European Time) Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to USA, Canada, and International early-career conservationists, educators, and scientists for projects related to aquatic wildlife. A preliminary application is required prior to the submission of the full proposal. Funding is intended to support projects on marine chondrichthyan species (skates, rays, sharks, sawfishes, and chimaeras).

Aimed at original and innovative start-up projects, the grant presents early-career scientists, conservationists or educators with an opportunity to prove themselves. It targets local projects conducted by local project leaders. Whether or not the project is part of a larger endeavor, SOSF Small Grants are for specific and finite projects. Only projects concerned with marine chondrichthyan species (sharks, rays, skates, sawfishes, and chimaeras) will be considered.

The SOSF will consider small grant applications that, inter alia, aim to undertake the preliminary investigations necessary before a larger, longer-term project can be developed.

The Foundation requires all grant holders to undertake public awareness and environmental educational activities (giving talks, issuing press releases, etc.) as part of their project. Foundation staff (including the dedicated SOSF Communications team) is available to assist grant holders in such public relations work, and grant holders are expected to collaborate with them in preparing public awareness materials.

The costs of short-term employees or the short-term extra costs of an individual’s participation in a project may be eligible if justified. Travel, field costs, capital equipment (list all items costing more than US$100), consumables, administrative costs (insurance, telephones, permits, etc.), and specialist services (e.g. film editing, laboratory testing, library facilities) may also be eligible.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The grant funds early-career scientists (within five years of a degree being awarded). The grant presents early career scientists, conservationists, or educators with an opportunity to prove themselves.

All equipment funded remains the property of the NGO or institution.

Successful applicants for small project grants, including scoping projects, are not eligible to submit a Small Grant application the following year.

Financial Restrictions:
- The Foundation does not support publication-associated costs through regular funding.
- The Foundation does not support the attendance of conferences in allocated funding as it is already providing Student Travel Grants to the AES, the EEA, the OCS and Sharks International.
- The Foundation does not support satellite tags in SOSF Small Grants.
- The Foundation will not consider applications in which more than 10% of requested funding is allocated to travel expenses. The Foundation promotes local projects by local people.
- The Foundation is not able to pay overheads, administration and handling fees to large commercial or non-commercial, governmental or non-governmental institutions or organisations (such as Universities or Non-Governmental Organisations). SOSF funds project leaders and projects.

Pre-Application Information
Application window:
Stage I: 16th June 2023, at 18:00 CET (Central European Time).
Stage II: upon invitation, 8th September 2023 at 18:00 CET (Central European Time).

The Small Grant application process consists of a two-stage online application: Stage I involves completing a very short online form. Stage II, by invitation only based on the Stage I application, will involve the completion of a longer and more detailed online form.

All applications must be completed online.

Stage I Applications will be reviewed during July 2023. Successful applicants will be invited, the last week of July or first week of August, to submit a stage II application (deadline September 8th, 2023). Stage II Applications will be reviewed during the last quarter of 2023, and recommendations forwarded to the next Foundation Board meeting. The final decision on successful applications will be communicated during the first quarter of 2024.

Only one application will be accepted from any one applicant.

The application form is only available in English and must be completed in English to be eligible for consideration.

Funding Guidelines:

Estimated Size of Grant
The Save Our Seas Foundation invites applications for small projects up to US$10,000 (with grants averaging US$5,000).

Term of Contract
- The Save Our Seas Foundation invites applications for the period March 2024 to February 2025.
- This grant is designed for short (12- to 18-month) grants.
- Funding is awarded for only one financial year.

Contact Information

Save Our Seas Foundation
Rue Philippe Plantamour 20
CH-1201 Geneva

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