Chiricahua Desert Museum Research Grant

The Chiricahua Desert Museum (CDM)

Grant amount: Up to US $1,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 1, 2019

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Mexico, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Mohave County, Arizona Expand all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Chiricahua Desert Museum (CDM) Grant offers small renewable grants for field-based herpetological research and education in the Sonoran, Mojave and Chihuahuan Deserts as well as the Sky Islands and adjacent habitats of the North American South West. Grant applications are invited from relevant individuals, and will be reviewed by and considered for support by the Scientific Advisory Board of the CDM.

 The areas that we are particularly keen to support are:

  •  Natural History Proposals. In this category proposals should address new field research in areas such as population distribution, behavioral ecology, and life history of amphibians and/or reptiles.
  • Conservation Biology Proposals. In this category proposals should address new research on endangered or threatened amphibian or reptile species, or the phenomena that affect the maintenance, decline, and restoration of their natural habitat.
  • Education Proposals. In this category proposals should address initiating and/or maintaining an educational program pertaining to amphibians or reptiles at a facility available to the public, such as a zoological park, school, or community center.

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


  • Projects must be based in the Sonoran, Mojave, or Chihuahuan Deserts, including the "Sky Islands" and adjacent habitats.
  • Projects must be field-based herpetological research or education related.
  • Projects that have been funded by the CDM grant are eligible for renewed funding if the study is on going. 
  • Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.
  • There are no eligibility restrictions on the nationality of the applicant.
  • Applications must be submitted in English.


  • Applicants associated with a recognized organization (e.g. university, zoo, aquarium, NGO) may be given preference.


  • Salaries and tuition will not be considered for funding; however, reasonable stipends for field technicians may be considered as well as some consumables and equipment.