Wednesday, 22 February 2012

South Pacific Biodiversity Science funders

The following is a list of organisations that provide funding for biodiversity and conservation science, whose scope includes the South Pacific region.

American Museum of Natural History: Research and Fellowships

The American Museum of Natural History offers academic fellowships and research grants in biology, ecology, zoology, wildlife conservation, paleontology, anthropology, and some fields of the physical sciences.

Australia and Pacific Science Foundation: Ecology Research and Conservation (Pacific Region)

The Australia and Pacific Science Foundation encourages high-quality research for improved systems of managing land, water, plants, and animals. Funded projects include topics in ecology, species biology, species distribution, plant and animal classification, vegetation management, conservation strategies, and others.

Darwin Initiative: Conservation Research and Capacity Building

The Darwin Initiative is a program of the UK government (Defra) to fund partnerships between UK institutions and institutions in developing countries for biodiversity conservation. Projects include capacity building, training, research, projects to implement the Biodiversity Convention, and environmental education and awareness.

Earthwatch Institute: Grants for Conservation Field Studies

The Earthwatch Institute defines itself as among the world’s largest private supporters of scientific field expeditions. Its grants annually support about 100 field research projects, and placement of about 3,500 volunteer field assistants from about 80 countries.

Explorers Club: Grants for Conservation Field Studies

The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in physical, natural, and biological sciences. Interests include: ecology and natural history; bio-geography; interactions between humans and natural systems; and archaeology related to natural systems.

Field Museum: Grants in Natural History

The Field Museum (Chicago, USA) offers grants and fellowships to visiting scientists and students for research and training on the Museum’s scientific collections.

French Research Institute for Development: Grants for Young Researchers

The French Research Institute for Development (IRD -- Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement) manages scientific programs on the relation between man and the environment in the tropical developing countries. IRD’s research and capacity building includes themes on biodiversity, coastal ecosystems, climate change, and others.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility: Research in Biosystematics

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility administers the Ebbe Nielsen Prize awarded to a promising researcher who combines biosystematics and biological diversity informatics. The Prize consists of €30,000 to be used by the recipient for research.

International Foundation for Science: Research Grants for Young Professionals

IFS makes grants to young scientists attached to universities, national research institutions, and research-oriented NGOs in developing countries. Normally, over 250 new grants are made each year in a large number of eligible countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Thematic areas include biodiversity and conservation; agriculture and food sciences; water and soil resources; forestry; natural products; marine resources; animal husbandry; and several others. Applicants should be at the beginning of their research careers, and IFS has age limitations for applicants (varying by region).

J.R.S. Biodiversity Foundation: Research on Biodiversity Informatics

The J.R.S. Biodiversity Foundation supports projects that focus on collecting, synthesizing, and disseminating biodiversity data. The focus is biodiversity informatics, and technology approaches for collecting and interpreting biological information.

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund: Wildlife Research and Conservation

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund aims to provide targeted grants to initiatives for species conservation; to recognize leaders in the field of species conservation; and to elevate the importance of species in the conservation debate.

National Geographic Society: Grants for Conservation Field Studies

The National Geographic Society awards several hundred grants each year for exploration, research, and conservation. The Society’s grant-making programs support work in wildlife conservation, ecology, marine biology, sustainable agriculture, and other environmental themes.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Ecological Research and Fellowships

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) is dedicated to understanding tropical ecology and biological diversity. STRI’s programs connect research, education and training, and conservation.

Taronga Conservation Society Australia: Wildlife Research and Conservation

The Taronga Conservation Society offers conservation field grants for wildlife research, breeding, and field conservation in Australia and internationally.

Wildlife Conservation Society: Wildlife Research and Conservation

The WCS engages in science, conservation, education, and the support of zoos and aquariums for the protection of wildlife and wild lands worldwide. WCS is a partner in the Conservation Leadership Program, and it also sponsors small grants in the form of research fellowships

The above is a distillation of a list available here. The full list provides extra details and includes several other organisations that fund various aspects of conservation science.

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