Research & Conservation Grants
Sun bear sign in northern Laos

Just in! New Grant Opportunity!



FOR 2017-2018!

A very generous gift, just received by IBA's Bear Conservation Fund (BCF), enables IBA for the first time to offer a special 2-year R&C grant of $30,000 ($15,000 disbursed in 2017 and $15,000 in 2018) for either conservation-oriented research or science-based conservation work on any of 3 tropical bear species: sloth, sun, or Andean bears. Only one such grant will be awarded this year. We expect competition to be stiff for this grant, so the proposal chosen must be exemplary and must have very clear value for species conservation.

In awarding this special 2-year $30,000 grant, preference will be given to principle investigators who are based in range countries of tropical bears, though work may include collaborators outside those areas. Proposed projects must be feasible, with well-developed rationale and objectives, well-delineated methods, including field sampling, expected sample sizes, data analysis and modeling, a detailed budget, and expected conservation outcomes.  Projects should include appropriate criteria for evaluating success, either at the end of the field period or in future years, whichever is more feasible.

Applications for this special grant are to be submitted to Dr. Paolo Ciucci, R&C Grants Committee chair, on or before Dec 1, as for regular R&C grants.  Applications must indicate that they are for IBA's special 2-year Tropical Bears R&C Grant.  Unsuccessful applications can be considered for regular R&C grants, provided they include an alternative scaled-down project plan and budget that meet the criteria for the regular grants. Regular R&C grants provide up to $10,000 in a given year, with the option to apply for additional funding for up to 2 more years, but total funding received cannot exceed $15,000 over 3 years.

For more information, please contact Dr. Paolo Ciucci, Chair, IBA Research and Conservation Grants Program.

Who is Eligible?

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. Anyone may apply, including undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral students; researchers; educational institutions; conservation organizations; and government agencies. Applicants must become IBA members before they begin the application process.

To learn more about our application requirements and process, click here>>>

How Are These Grants Used?

IBA Research and Conservation Grants (RCG) are awarded to help support bear conservation, education projects, and research. Emphasis is given to projects that demonstrate significant positive effects for bear species, populations, and areas of the world with the highest conservation needs. Funds for these grants have been made available by The John Sheldon Bevins Memorial Foundation and other generous donors. Information on other IBA Grants Programs can be found here>>>

Past IBA grantees have made significant contributions to science-based information on bears and have made very real steps in developing local interest in bear conservation across the ranges of most species.  Between 1993 - 2016, the IBA was able to offer 168 grants for projects studying eight bear species in 12 different subregions.