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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Early Career Scientists,
Conservationists, and Educators for Start-Up Marine Biology Projects

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Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF)

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Deadline Date:

10/15/19 6:00 PM CET (Central European Time)


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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA, Canada, and International early career scientists, conservationists, and educators who are within five years of receiving their degree, for projects on marine biology. A preliminary application is required prior to the submission of the full proposal. Funding is intended to support innovative start-up projects on marine chondrichthyan species (skates, rays, sharks, sawfishes, and chimaeras).

The Small 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.

A special call is aimed at supporting projects that promote the recovery of sawfishes, wedgefish and guitarfish. However, any chondrichthyan projects are welcomed.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181520

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 funds small projects for the period March 2020 to February 2021. This grant is designed for short (12 to 18-month) projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The grant funds early career scientists, conservationists or educators (within five years of a degree being awarded).

Financial Restrictions:

- The Foundation does not support the annual salaries (full-time or part-time) of researchers or of other individuals working on projects. The costs of short-term employees or the short-term extra costs of an individual’s participation in a project may however be eligible.
- 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.
- All equipment funded remains the property of the NGO or institution.
- The Foundation is not able to pay overheads, administration and handling fees to large commercial or non-commercial, governmental or non-governmental institutions or organizations (such as Universities or Non-Governmental Organisations). SOSF funds project leaders and projects.
- Joint funding/Co-funding of a project by SOSF with another funding agency is welcomed, but not essential.

Pre-Application Information:

Next application window (online form):
- Stage 1: May 1 – July 31, 2019
- Stage 2: September 1 – 30, 2019

The Small Grant application process consists of a two-stage online application: Stage I involves completing a very short online form, equivalent to one to two pages. Stage II, by invitation only based on the Stage I application, will involve the completion of a longer and more detailed online form. Grant applications must be submitted through the SOSF website no later than July 31, 2019 (stage I) and September 30, 2019 (stage 2) at 6:00 PM CET (Central European Time). SOSF will endeavor to acknowledge all grant applications within 10 days of their receipt.

Stage I Applications will be reviewed during August 2019. Stage II Applications will be reviewed during the last quarter of 2019, and recommendations forwarded to the next Foundation Board meeting. The final decision on successful applications should be available during the first quarter of 2020.

Grants are awarded subject to the applicant and/or their organization agreeing to a simple contract valid under the laws of Switzerland (the country in which the Foundation is registered).

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

Only one application will be accepted from any one applicant.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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

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