Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR): Inviting applications for Roger Conant Grants in Herpetology to provide financial support for deserving individuals (with a primary emphasis on student researchers) or organizations involved in herpetological research, education, or conservation.

Donor Name:  Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR)
Funding name: Roger Conant Grants in Herpetology

Funding brief: This program is intended to provide financial support for deserving individuals (with a primary emphasis on student researchers) or organizations involved in herpetological research, education, or conservation.

Categories: Grant proposals will be considered in the following categories:
● Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles. Proposals should outline a conservation-oriented research project. This project may focus on species endangered or threatened at the state, national, or international level, or address research on potentially threatened habitats or species, or on introduced injurious species.
● Field Research Grant In Herpetology. Proposals may address needs for field station fees or equipment and materials in field oriented projects, or the field work portions of broader studies. This might include in-situ behavioral studies, ecological, life history, or sexual selection studies. Survey work by individuals or regional societies may be submitted here or in TRAVEL below depending on how the funds are to be used.
● Laboratory Research. Proposals may address needs for equipment or materials in laboratory projects or laboratory portions of broader projects. This might include studies in behavior, biochemistry, molecular biology, biomechanics, or physiology.
● Travel. Proposals may address support for travel to field study sites near or far, or to utilize distant collections or facilities. If funding is sought to get from one place to another, proposals should be submitted in the TRAVEL category. Proposals normally submitted in the CONSERVATION or FIELD RESEARCH categories should be submitted here if travel funding is being sought.
● International. Proposals may address needs in any of the above five categories. The applicant must be a student, but not necessarily a SSAR member. Preference will be given to students with limited access to research funds and in countries where herpetological research has historically been under-funded. NOTE Regarding Eligibility in the International Category: In 2011, the President of SSAR, the Grants-In-Herpetology Chair, and several members of the SSAR Board of Directors decided that proposals in this category would only be accepted if they were submitted from institutions OUTSIDE of the United States. Proposals from students who are primarily affiliated with United States institutions are not eligible for this category. Also, SSAR cannot send funds to international applicants hailing from countries from which monetary transfers are forbidden. If you are a researcher in one of these countries, we cannot consider your application.
● Herpetological Education. Proposals may address an educational project or start up support for an educational program in a zoo, museum, park, nature center, regional herpetological society, etc. The project must focus on a herpetological topic. NOTE: Although proposals for institutional projects are accepted, education proposals must be submitted by an individual (either sole applicant or principle contact person for the project). Applicants need not be students or SSAR member.
● Undergraduate Research in Herpetology. Proposals in this category can outline any research project focused on questions related to amphibian or reptile taxonomy, biology, ecology or conservation. Funding can be used to purchase equipment, materials, or as re-imbursement for travel to conduct research (i.e., offset the cost of gas for trips to field sites, museums to investigate specimens, etc.). Applicants must be currently seeking a Bachelor’s Degree at an institution of higher learning.  Applicants need not be affiliated with US institutions, and international applicants need not be SSAR members.  Students that apply for this award must be working directly with a research advisor at an academic or professional institution (i.e., University, Regulatory Agency, Zoological Garden, Museum, etc.).  This advisor must submit the letter of support for the student’s work.  This letter of support must explicitly confirm that the applicant is currently a student and has the time, ability and guidance to successfully complete the proposed project.  Strong preference will be given for applicants that have limited funding from other sources.

Deadline: 15, December

Funding details link: https://ssarherps.org/ssar-awards/grants-in-herpetology/

Funding limit: Successful applicants in each of the categories listed below will receive an award in the amount of $500 (US Dollars). A total of 12 proposals will be selected each year, through peer-review, to receive funding.

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Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: All applicants must be students AND members of the SSAR with the following exceptions:
● Those applying for the International category must be students but DO NOT have to be SSAR members.
● Those applying for the Herpetological Education category DO NOT have to be a student or SSAR member.
● Those applying for support of regional herpetological society projects DO NOT have to be SSAR members.
● In keeping with the Society’s goal of encouraging participation by the broadest possible community of applicants, preference may be given to individuals who might not have access to other funding sources.

Country: Preference will be given to students with limited access to research funds and in countries where herpetological research has historically been under-funded. NOTE Regarding Eligibility in the International Category: In 2011, the President of SSAR, the Grants-In-Herpetology Chair, and several members of the SSAR Board of Directors decided that proposals in this category would only be accepted if they were submitted from institutions OUTSIDE of the United States.  Proposals from students who are primarily affiliated with United States institutions are not eligible for this category.  Also, SSAR cannot send funds to international applicants hailing from countries from which monetary transfers are forbidden. If you are a researcher in one of these countries, we cannot consider your application.

Submission mail: kapferj@uww.edu  

Other important link:
● Waiver: http://ssarherps.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/SSAR_GIH_ReleaseForm1.pdf

How to apply:
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All proposals must be submitted electronically to kapferj@uww.edu as a single PDF file named “lastname-category.pdf” to be considered (letter of support may be included with the proposal or sent separately). Exceptions to electronic submission and file format may be allowed for special cases with prior approval by SSAR-GIH Chair.

 

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