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2018 Elephant Conservation and Research Funding Support

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Organizations
and Individuals for Research to Prevent Elephant Extinction

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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International Elephant Foundation (IEF)

Deadline Date:

08/11/17 11:59 PM CST Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA, Canada, and International organizations and individuals for research projects that contribute to the conservation of African or Asian elephants or their habitats. The themes and focus areas for the current finding cycle are outlined below:

African Elephant Conservation Funding Support:

- Human-elephant conflict mitigation and coexistence
- Reducing habitat fragmentation and loss
- Action to eliminate illegal killing and trafficking of elephants
- Community capacity building
- Conservation education

Asian Elephant Conservation Funding Support.

- Human-elephant conflict mitigation and coexistence
- Reducing habitat fragmentation and loss.
- Action to eliminate illegal killing and trafficking of elephants
- Community capacity building
- Conservation education
- Managing captive range country Asian elephants

Elephants in Human Care Conservation and Research Funding Support.

- Critical diseases: EEHV or Tuberculosis
- Quantify the impacts of conservation education at USA elephant holding facilities on public action in the USA and/or in Asian and/or African elephant range countries.

Criteria for Funding:

-Requests for funds must provide complete information for the project to be justified and evaluated.
- Projects that designate local/public education/awareness as a significant program outcome must include an evaluation component.

Proposals must meet some or all of the following objectives and criteria:

-Clearly contribute to the in situ or ex situ conservation of African or Asian elephants or their habitats.
-Be grounded in sound scientific methodology, be logistically feasible, and have a high probability of success.
-Be part of an established conservation program or be well-suited to become a long-term program.
-Validates a new approach for long-term elephant and/or habitat conservation.
-Be action-oriented not simply data collection or survey.
-Have multi-institutional participation and matching funds.
-Demonstrate a spirit of cooperation with ex situ elephant facilities and other like-minded conservation institutions.
-Principal investigators must have a reputation for completing projects, publishing results in an expeditious manner and cooperating with funding agencies in providing reports and educational materials. If awarded funding previously by the IEF, satisfactory performance on previous grant awards is essential.
-Must meet humane standards of care when animals are involved.
-Must be approved by the appropriate governmental body in the range country or agency at the facility or institution where the study is conducted.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159356

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests of $10,000 or less are preferred, but larger amounts will be considered. Awards are typically about $10,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Funding will only be awarded for 2018 with no guarantee of funding for future years.

Projects must begin in the year for the portion of the project which funds are requested, (but not before funds are to be awarded) and contain a clearly defined beginning and end. Funds will not be awarded for elements of a project that will have already occurred before awards are made.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

International individuals and organizations are eligible as are students, scientists, and institutions.

Students are required to provide faculty advisor approval; the advisor should be a co-investigator on the application and must accept the responsibility of project completion and reporting.

Budget requests that consist primarily of salary or travel will generally not be considered favorably.

It is established policy that IEF does not provide miscellaneous expenses, contingency funds, or indirect costs (overhead costs) to the recipients of any IEF funded grant or contract.

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to access the application.

Proposals must be received at the IEF office by 11:59 pm CST on 11 August 2017.

Proposals must be submitted electronically as one Word or Adobe PDF document (this includes the cover page, narrative, CVs, supporting documents etc.). Proposals must be saved as: Project Investigator’s Last name, year the project will occur (2018), and the country where the project will take place.

Example: Olson2018Kenya

The review process will be completed in December 2017. Please do not contact IEF any earlier regarding the status of your proposal. It is the Foundation's policy to notify all applicants at the same time regarding the status of their application. If you have not heard back by January 31, 2018, please feel free to contact the Foundation then. Funds will be awarded and available January 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit proposals electronically to or

For more information and questions contact:

Deborah Olson, Executive Director

Sarah Conley, Conservation Assistant

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.