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Grants to Support USA, Canada, and International Projects and Activities Related to Ocean Animal Research

IMPORTANT DATES:

Intent to Apply Date

05/16/22

Application Deadline

07/31/22 18:00 CET (Central European Time)

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USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)Guam (USA)Puerto Rico (USA)Virgin Islands (USA)Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)  Marshall Islands (USA)  Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: AlbertaBritish ColumbiaManitobaNew BrunswickNewfoundland and LabradorNorthwest TerritoriesNova ScotiaNunavutOntarioPrince Edward IslandQuebecSaskatchewanYukon

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Keystone Grant

Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF)


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #156544

Grant Description

Grants to support USA, Canada, and International research, education, and conservation projects with a particular focus on threatened ocean wildlife species and their habitats. The first stage application must be submitted and approved prior to submission of a full proposal. Only projects concerned with marine chondrichthyan species (sharks, rays, skates, sawfishes, and chimeras) will be considered.

The focus of the Foundation is on charismatic marine megafauna, and more specifically on elasmobranchs (sharks, rays, and skates). Most of the projects supported by the Foundation currently fall into one or more of three major program areas:

  • Research
  • Conservation
  • Education

Keystone Grants should integrate at least two of these components and focus on charismatic marine megafauna, particularly sharks, rays, and skates.

General Approach:

  • The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) is committed to supporting activities that have the capacity to make a real difference to the health of the oceans and to the survival of threatened aquatic species and habitats.
  • With a view to achieving this aim, the Foundation has developed a policy of supporting, in particular, applicants working on exceptional projects, on remarkable species or habitats and/or in unique locations.
  • The purpose of this policy is to support research, conservation, or educational projects that are capable of attracting significant public attention and that, as a result, may genuinely increase public and government awareness of the urgent need to protect the marine environment.
  • As part of this approach, the Foundation requires all grant holders to undertake public awareness and environmental educational activities (giving talks, issuing press releases, etc.) as part of their project.
  • Foundation staff (including the dedicated SOSF Conservation Media Unit) is available to assist grant holders in such public relations work, and grant holders are expected to collaborate with them in preparing public awareness materials.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The SOSF promotes local projects by local people; it funds project leaders and projects. The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) is committed to protecting the oceans by funding and supporting research, conservation and education projects worldwide.

Financial Restrictions:
- The costs of short-term employees or the short-term extra costs of an individual’s participation in a project may be eligible, if justified.
- The Foundation does not support publication-associated costs through regular funding.
- The Foundation does not support the attendance of conferences in allocated funding as it is already providing Student Travel Grants to the AES, the EEA, the OCS and Sharks International.
- The Foundation does not support satellite tags in SOSF Small Grants.
- The Foundation will not consider applications in which more than 10% of requested funding is allocated to travel expenses. The Foundation promotes local projects by local people.
- All equipment funded remains the property of the NGO or institution.
- The Foundation is not able to pay overheads, administration and handling fees to large commercial or non-commercial, governmental or non-governmental institutions or organisations (such as Universities or Non-Governmental Organisations).

Pre-Application Information:

Stage I: complete your application before 16 May 2022, at 18:00 CET (Central European Time)
Stage II: if your stage I application is successful, you will will be invited to submit your stage II application before 31 July 2022, at 18:00 CET(Central European Time).

Application Process:
- The Keystone Grant application process consists of a two-stage online application: Stage I involves completing a short online form, equivalent to four to six pages. Stage II, by invitation only based on the Stage I application, will involve the completion of a longer and more detailed online form, equivalent to 10 to 12 pages.
- It is the policy of the SOSF to provide, where practicable, a degree of continuing support to the projects it is funding; the leaders of such projects may be invited by the SOSF to complete an application for a continuation grant in the coming year.
- Only one application will be accepted from any one applicant.
- If a project leader has an SOSF Keystone Grant, he/she cannot apply for a new grant.
- All applications will be reviewed by the SOSF scientific committee and require final approval from the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The Foundation will endeavor to acknowledge all grant applications within 10 days of their receipt. SOSF staff may contact applicants if further explanation or information is required, or if there are suggestions or recommendations to amend and improve the project proposal. The scientific committee will review all the applications during the last quarter of the year, and recommendations will be forwarded to the next SOSF board meeting. The final decision on successful applications should be available during the first quarter of the following year.

The application form is only available in English and must be completed in English to be eligible for consideration.

The funding cycle is biennial, with the grant application window opening in even years (2018, 2020, etc.),
and the grant covering the period from March 2023 to June 2024, for example.

Joint funding/Co-funding of a project by SOSF with another funding agency is welcomed, but not essential.

Funding application information: https://saveourseas.com/grants/funding-applications/

Funding Guidelines: https://saveourseas.com/grants/funding-guidelines/

FAQs: https://saveourseas.com/grants/funding-faq/

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

$10,000 - $100,000 (average $25,000)

All equipment funded remains the property of the NGO or institution.

Term of Contract:

Funds are allocated on an annual basis, with the option to apply for continued funding every year. The usual project duration is limited to three years.

Contact Information:

Application Portal: https://saveourseasgrants.smapply.io/

Save Our Seas Foundation
Rue Philippe Plantamour 20
CH-1201 Geneva
Switzerland
info@saveourseas.com
+41 22 552 01 58/59

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