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Research and Conservation Grants Committee
RCG proposal review and grant management is administered by the IBA Research and Conservation Grants Committee:
All proposals must be received before midnight (Fairbanks, Alaska) on December 1 of the current year. Proposals received after that date will be held over for the next year's review.
Proposal Summary Information
Purpose: Research and Conservation Grants are intended to benefit biologically sound bear conservation and management efforts, emphasizing assistance to situations with critical need.
Types of Projects Considered: IBA wants to support well-designed projects, either research or conservation-oriented. Research should ultimately support conservation efforts; conservation projects should be strongly based on good science and also well-linked to local and regional communities. Conservation projects may involve a wide range of efforts, including protection, management, education, habitat preservation, training of local workers, etc. Grants may be used for the following:
For proposal review, the RCG Committee will also consider priorities established by the IUCN Bear Specialist Group and its Expert Teams, the likelihood of alternate funding, project feasibility, and the qualifications of the investigators conducting the work.
Who May Apply: Anyone may apply, including undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral students; researchers; educational institutions; conservation organizations; and government agencies. Applications for projects in developing countries with threatened bear species or populations are strongly encouraged. Undergraduate students and independent workers are encouraged to seek sponsorship or collaboration with an appropriate university, agency, or organization.
IBA Membership: Non-members can apply for IBA grants, but, if successful, applicants must become members in order to receive funds. To learn more about IBA membership, click here>>>
How to Apply: Applications for grants must be in English and be received by the Committee chairperson no later than December 1 for projects to be conducted during the next calendar year.
Anyone submitting a proposal for an R & C grant for the first time should attach a CV that summarizes the education and experience of the principal investigator. This should be an attachment to the proposal; it will not be included in the page count.
The application must include a description of all items requested on the RCG Grant Application Form. Grant proposals will be strengthened if commitments for partial funding from other sources can be demonstrated in the proposal.
Amount of Grants: Typically, awards are less than US$5,000/year. The minimum grant is US$500, and the usual maximum grant is US$10,000/year. No more than US$15,000 may be granted to the same project over a 3 year period except in very special circumstances.
For multi-year grants, a progress report will typically be required by the end of December before funds are disbursed for the next year. Annual progress reports and final reports sent to the RCG Committee must include an accounting of how funds were expended. Unused funds must be returned to the IBA, and no significant change in the proposed use of grant monies may be made without authorization from the RCG Committee Chair. Awards made by the RCG Committee may be modified or cancelled if funds are not available.
Resubmission of Proposals
Proposal Submission Requirements
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Dr. Frederick C. Dean, Chair
If you do not receive confirmation of receipt by e-mail within a reasonable time, a phone call may be advisable. Most proposals are acknowledged on the day received.