Ron Goellner & Jennifer Elwood Hellbender Conservation Grant

Cryptobranchid Interest Group

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Deadline: Apr 15, 2021

Grant amount: US $1,000

Fields of work: Herpetology Herpetological Conservation

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: China, Japan, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware Show all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Cryptobranchid Interest Group (CIG) will consider proposals for two separate grants for amounts up to $1,000 each. Each applicant will automatically be considered for both grants when submitting this single application.

The Ron Goellner Conservation Fund awards up to $1,000 to projects related to all Cryptobranchids (Giant Chinese and Japanese salamanders, as well as hellbenders). Ron was a dedicated herpetologist and long-time advocate for the conservation of giant salamanders and served as the Director of Animal Collections at the Saint Louis Zoo.

The Jennifer Elwood Hellbender Conservation Grant awards up to $1,000 to projects related only to hellbenders. Dr. Elwood studied salamander morphology and ecology and was passionate about research and hellbender conservation.

These CIG grants were initiated to support projects that uphold conservation priorities for giant aquatic salamanders. 

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


  • Anyone may apply for this award.
  • Salaries for graduate student stipends or technicians are eligible.


  • The CIG grant committee prefers projects that are broad in scope and over-all impact for the taxa in general and will select applications for funding based on the following:
    • Broadness of application for conservation of giant salamanders.
    • Field conservation of species and their habitats or mitigation of threats.
    • Innovative education initiatives to benefit species at risk and their habitats.
    • Research that has direct application to the health or recovery of species at risk.
    • Partnerships and permits are approved and demonstrated.


  • The following are ineligible expenses/costs which are not supported:
    • Salaries, except for graduate student stipends or technicians.
    • Administrative costs, including institutional overhead.  
    • Travel unrelated to completion of the project.
    • Grants may not be used for political lobbying, litigation or travel funds for attending or presenting at conferences.
    • General institutional support, projects considered to be normal institutional operating expenses, or shortfalls in budgets.
    • Grants will not be provided to fund projects that are already completed.
    • General field surveys or individual monitoring projects without broad applications to giant salamanders do not normally meet funding criteria