AZA Conservation Grants Fund

Association of Zoos & Aquariums


Grant amount: Approximately US $18,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 15, 2019 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Individuals Museum/Library/Zoo College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research, Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Overview:

Established in 1984, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational initiatives of AZA, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, and their collaborators. 

The AZA CGF funds projects in the focus areas below:

  • Animal Health– Research projects, symposia, or publications that increase knowledge of or develop new approaches to assessing or treating medical conditions affecting animals in managed environments or in the wild.
  • Animal Welfare – Research projects, symposia, or publications that increase knowledge of or develop new approaches to assessing the physical health and psychological well-being of individual animals in a managed environment.
  • Conservation Education – Programs that raise public awareness and appreciation of wildlife conservation issues, stimulate conservation action, or transfer skills and technology and empower new conservation leaders, particularly in developing countries.
  • Field Conservation and/or Reintroduction – Initiatives on behalf of in-situ endangered and threatened species and their habitats and the reintroduction or translocation of these species to augment their population.
  • Management and/or Breeding – Zoo and aquarium-based Animal Program management strategies and technologies for ensuring sustainability as well as genetic and demographic diversity.
  • Research – Research projects, symposia, or scholarly publications that increase knowledge of or create new approaches to wildlife conservation.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The Principal Investigator (PI) and all Co-Investigators (CIs) must be individual AZA members at the Professional Associate, Professional Affiliate, Professional Fellow, or Student level.
    • Other participants actively involved in the completion of the project should be listed as collaborators and are not required to be AZA members. 
  • Projects must fall under one of the above focus areas.
  • Projects must demonstrate the potential to yield a high return on investment in terms of conservation impact.
  • If the project contains an educational component, be sure that an educator is involved in both the design and evaluation of the education section.
  • Each CGF grant is for one year only.
    • PIs can apply for a second year of funding, but must do so by submitting a new application.
  • Funds can be used to cover salaries and stipends but not as a second salary (eg–cannot be used to pay a professor a stipend).
  • IACUC (for U.S. applicants) or the equivalent oversight committee (for non-U.S. applicants) approval is required for any project in which animals are to be involved in invasive procedures or procedures that may result in pain, harm, distress, or altering of behavior.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. All PIs must be individual AZA members at the Professional Associate, Professional Affiliate, Professional Fellow, or Student level.

Preferences:

  • Projects with a broad potential impact, that benefit a large number of individual animals or species, and/or will have long-term, positive impacts on multiple AZA-accredited institutions or partners typically receive higher reviewer ratings than those that do not.
  • When feasible and appropriate, incorporate local community participation in field projects.
  • Collaboration between a CGF project and one or more AZA Animal Programs is beneficial, although not required and must be clearly identified in the proposal.
  • Field Conservation receives the most proposals and Animal Health receives the fewest.
  • Most proposals are made by larger institutions however CGF encourages submissions from smaller institutions as the average rate of award success is equal amongst small and large institutions.
  • IACUC (for U.S. applicants) or the equivalent oversight committee (for non-U.S. applicants) approval is desirable for any proposal.
  • In addition to the above, projects are given preference if they:
    • Reflect the priorities of related AZA Animal Programs and Advisory Groups, or the AZA Board.
    • Provide a direct link between zoo and aquarium animal collections and the conservation of endangered or threatened wildlife and ecosystems in the North America and worldwide.
    • Implement, rather than define, conservation goals.
    • Improve management, welfare, and care of endangered and threatened wildlife in a zoological setting.
    • Are less likely to receive significant support from sources other than the CGF.
    • Are collaborative in nature.
    • Are logistically feasible and fiscally and scientifically sound.
    • Benefit a large number of animals, institutions, or programs.

Ineligibility:

  • Institutional membership does not count as individual membership and individual members at the Friend level are not eligible. 
  • Funds may not be used to cover:
    • Salaries for staff appointed to regular, full-time positions. Exceptions include graduate student stipends, technicians, or start-up positions established solely for the purpose of completion of the project.
    • Tuition fees, or fringe benefits associated with graduate students or other collaborators.
    • Administrative costs, including institutional overhead and submission costs for the publication of journal articles.
    • Travel unrelated to completion of the project (e.g. conference presentation expenses).
    • Planning meetings that define, rather than implement, conservation goals.