IEF Conservation Project Grant

International Elephant Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 9, 2020 9:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

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

Location of project: Angola; Bangladesh; Benin; Bhutan; Botswana Show all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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During the 2020 grant cycle, the Foundation is requesting proposals that specifically target the following:

Asian Elephant – IEF recognizes the priorities and objectives for Asian elephant conservation as determined by the 13 Asian range states countries described in the Asian Elephant Ranges States Meeting Final Report including the Jakarta Declaration. Preference given to projects which address issues described in those documents: AsERSM-2017 Final Report.

  • Human-elephant conflict mitigation and coexistence
  • Reducing habitat fragmentation and loss.
  • Action to eliminate illegal killing and trafficking of elephants
  • Community capacity building
  • Conservation education
  • Managing captive range country Asian elephants

African Elephant

  • Human-elephant conflict mitigation and coexistence
  • Reducing habitat fragmentation and loss
  • Action to eliminate illegal killing and trafficking of elephants
  • Community capacity building
  • Conservation education

Elephants in Human Care

  • Critical diseases – EEHV or Tuberculosis.
  • Quantify the impacts of conservation education at U.S elephant holding facilities on public action in the U.S and/or in Asian and/or African elephant range countries.

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  • International individuals and organizations are eligible as are students, scientists and institutions.
    • Students are required to provide faculty advisor approval; the advisor should be a co-investigator on the application and must accept the responsibility of project completion and reporting. 
  • Criteria for funding:
    • Requests for funds must provide complete information for the project to be justified and evaluated.
    • Projects that designate local/public education/awareness as a significant program outcome must include an evaluation component.
    • Projects must begin in the year for the portion of the project which funds are requested, (but not before funds are to be awarded) and contain a clearly defined beginning and end.
  • Proposals must meet some or all of the following objectives and criteria:
    • Clearly contribute to the in situ or ex situ conservation of African or Asian elephants or their habitats.
    • Be grounded in sound scientific methodology, be logistically feasible, and have a high probability of success.
    • Be part of an established conservation program or be well-suited to become a long-term program.
    • Validates a new approach for long-term elephant and/or habitat conservation
    • Be action-oriented not purely data collection or survey.
    • Have multi-institutional participation and matching funds.
    • Demonstrate a spirit of cooperation with ex situ elephant facilities and other like-minded conservation institutions.
    • Principal investigators must have a reputation for completing projects, publishing results in an expeditious manner and cooperating with funding agencies in providing reports and educational  materials. If awarded funding previously by the IEF, satisfactory performance on previous grant awards is essential.
    • Must meet humane standards of care when animals are involved.
    • Must be approved by the appropriate governmental body in the range country or agency at the location where the project is conducted.


  • Requests of $10,000 or less are preferred but larger amounts will be considered.


  • It is established policy that IEF does not provide miscellaneous expenses, contingency funds or indirect costs (overhead costs) to the recipients of any IEF funded grant or contract. 
  • Funds will not be awarded for elements of a project that will have already occurred before awards are made.
  • Budget requests that consist primarily of salary or travel will generally not be considered favorably.