IBA Grants Program

IBA Research and Conservation Grants for 2016 Announced

The Research and Conservation Grants Committee is pleased to announce the awarding of $76,000 to eleven exciting research projects on bears around the world!  Awards ranged from $3,808 to $9,924.  The approved projects include important research on 5 species of bears (Brown, Andean, Asiatic, Sun and Sloth Bears) in 9 countries.  Research topics that will be addressed varied from landscape connectivity, genetics, population abundance, habitat use and working with communities to address bear conflict.  The RCG committee is very grateful to the 25 investigators who sent proposals for consideration this past year and urges bear researchers and biologists to submit worthy projects for next year! (see announcement for 2017 grants in IBA newsletter Summer, 2017).

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>>>