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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Early Career
Scientists, Conservationists, and Educators for Start-Up Projects

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Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF)

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Deadline Date:

09/30/17 6:00 PM CET (Central European Time)


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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA, Canada, and International early career scientists, conservationists, and educators (who are within five years of receiving their degree) for projects on marine biology. Eligible projects must focus on marine chondrichthyan species (sharks, skates, rays, sawfishes and chimaeras). Funding is intended to support innovative and original start-up projects that seek to improve the health of the world's oceans and save threatened aquatic species and habitats.

These grants provide eligible individuals with an opportunity to prove themselves. Whether or not the project is part of a larger endeavor, SOSF Small Grants are for specific and finite projects.

Funding is intended to support projects and activities 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181520

Estimated Size of Grant:

These grants are for small projects of up to USD $10,000 (with grants averaging USD $5,000).

Term of Contract:

The Small Grant is designed for short term projects over 12- to 18-months, from March 2018 to February 2019.

Funding is awarded for only one financial year. The SOSF will consider small grant applications that, inter alia, aim to undertake the preliminary investigations necessary before a larger, longer-term project can be developed.

Successful applicants for small project grants, including scoping projects, are not eligible to submit a Small Grant application the following year, but are not excluded from submitting a new Keystone Grant application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are early career scientists, conservationists, or educators (within five years of a degree being awarded).

Financial Restrictions:

- The Foundation does not support the annual salaries (full-time or part-time) of researchers or of other individuals working on projects. The costs of short-term employees or the short-term extra costs of an individual’s participation in a project may however be eligible.
- 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 organizations (such as Universities or Non-Governmental Organisations). SOSF funds project leaders and projects.
- Joint funding/Co-funding of a project by SOSF with another funding agency is welcomed, but not essential.

Pre-Application Information:

Application process:

The Small Grant application process consists of a two-stage online application. Stage I involves completing a very short online form, equivalent to one to two pages.

SOSF 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.

Stage I Applications will be reviewed during August 2017. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a Stage II Application (deadline September 30, 2017). Stage II Applications will involve the completion of a longer and more detailed form, equivalent to a maximum of 10 pages.

Stage II Applications will be reviewed during the last quarter of 2017, and recommendations forwarded to the next Foundation Board meeting. The final decision on successful applications should be available during the first quarter of 2018.

Only one application will be accepted from any one applicant.


Stage I Deadline: July 31, 2017 at 18:00 CET (Central European Time)
Stage II Deadline (by invitation only): September 30, 2017 at 18:00 CET (Central European Time)

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Grant FAQs:

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to access the application questions and application guidelines.

Contact Information:

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

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Save Our Seas Foundation
Rue Philippe Plantamour 20
CH-1201 Geneva


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