IBA Grants Program




The RCG Committee is pleased to announce this years Regular and Tropical Bear Research and Conservation Grants. Follow the links below to learn more about the approved projects.

The Bear Conservation Fund (BCF) is a program of the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA), created to manage funds for IBA’s grants programs. Donations to the BCF come from annual charitable distributions of the John Sheldon Bevins Memorial Foundation and the Homer Bear Conservation Fund, an IBA donor-advised endowment, as well as from generous individual donors and zoos. The Bear Conservation Fund was initiated in 2004 to expand a 12-year conservation grants program funded by the Bevins Foundation. Now, each year the BCF brings in approximately $80,000 that supports 6-10 Research & Conservation grants, 1-4 Experience and Exchange Grants, several Conference Travel Grants, and a small grant to the Action Fund of the IUCN Bear Specialist Group.

About the IBA Grants Program


The John Sheldon Bevins Memorial Foundation was established following the death of bear researcher John Bevins. He, along with a fellow biologist and their pilot, disappeared during a polar bear monitoring flight over Alaska's Arctic Ocean on October 11, 1990. The Foundation was established by John's widow, Dr. Julia Bevins. The International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA) was named as recipient of a portion of the earnings from Foundation deposits to memorialize John Bevins' dedication to bears and improved bear management.  It has been upon this generous gift that the current IBA Grants Program was established.

For 12 years the IBA Grants Program provided funds for research and conservation projects through the Bevins Foundation, and also included travel grants for IBA conference attendees. Since that time, the Travel Grants Program has grown through seed monies allocated by the IBA Council to Conference Organizing Committees, and continues to grow today.

The Bear Conservation Fund

Julia Bevins at (907) 223-3483.

The Grants Program Today

The overall grants program has grown significantly both in the amount and number of grants awarded.  In addition, the program's scope has broadened, and three different categories have since been established: 1) Research & Conservation Grants, 2) Experience & Exchange Grants, and 3) Travel Grants.

Grants Program History PDF>>>

Grant Awards through 2014 PDF>>>