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Bruce Williams Foundation Research Grant

Fur Institute of Canada

Grant amount: Up to C $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 15, 2019

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student Graduate Student Faculty Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Canada

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The Bruce Williams Foundation (BWF) is soliciting proposals for projects from students and professionals in Canadian academic research institutions undertaking research work in the field of wildlife biology, conservation, animal welfare or public policy related to responsible management and sustainable‐use of wild and/or farmed furbearing animals.

The Bruce Williams Research Grant has been established to support research and innovation in the advancement of sustainable fur production. For over 22 years, Bruce led the Fur Institute of Canada (FIC) with an unparalleled commitment to the betterment of wildlife management tools and practices, regulatory systems, trade policy and public awareness in Canada and around the world. In honour of Bruce’s memory, this research grant will encourage development or advancement of innovations in fur production.

Grant Objectives

The goals of the grant are:
  • To foster research and study of furbearer management techniques and practices;
  • To support unique opportunities for students or researchers that will build capacity for sustainable use and management of furbearers;
  • To financially support high‐quality research and development; and
  • To assist academic research institutions and the wider community in gaining access to new, outstanding research in this field.
Research and Assessment Criteria

The Bruce Williams Foundation (BWF) welcomes proposals which demonstrate one or more of the following Research and Assessment Criteria, as they apply to wild and/or farmed furbearers:

  • Strengthening our understanding or application of furbearer biology and population ecology in support of furbearer use, conservation and management.
  • Improving methods, systems or tools for animal husbandry, animal welfare and harvest in support of the sustainable and responsible use of furbearers.
  • Enhancing the supportive public policy, legislation and regulatory frameworks that guide the role of trapping in furbearer management, wildlife control or species recovery.

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


  • Applicants must be either students or professionals currently studying/employed by an NSERC, SSHRC, or CIHR eligible Canadian academic or research institution*
    •  A list of NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR eligible institutions can be found here.
  • Applicants must be able to show clear evidence of an independent research program.
  • Individual applicants can only submit one application to the BWF per Award Year.
  • Funds applied for may be in support of a specific project or as a component of a larger applicable project.


  • Completed studies are not eligible to receive funding.