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NEF Research Grant Programme

Nagao Natural Environment Foundation (NEF)

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Next deadline: Oct 14, 2021

Later deadlines: Apr 20, 2022

Grant amount: Up to ¥500,000

Fields of work: Environmental Conservation Ecology Natural Resources Wildlife Management

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher, Unaffiliated Researcher, PhD Student

Funding uses: Conference, Research

Location of project: Micronesia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji Show all

Location of residency: Micronesia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji Show all

Location of citizenship: Micronesia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji Show all


The Research Grant Programme financially supports academic and scientific research that will deepen knowledge of the nature conservation in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. With the aim of strengthening research capacity of young researchers in that region, grants are available only for individual researchers to enhance their skills, knowledge, and experience through their own research work.

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


  • An applicant must:
    • be a national of developing country in the Asia-Pacific region (please see target countries and regions listed above)
    • be a researcher/scientist, who works full-time or is enrolled in a doctoral course, conducting research at a research institution or relevant organisation in one of the target countries 
    • have sufficient experience and skills in conducting and managing the proposed research
    • be able to communicate in English
    • not have another application to the NEF
    • not have another on-going research or publication project funded by the NEF at the time of application submission
  • A proposed research project must:

    • be scientific research contributing to the nature conservation of the country where the applicant currently works or studies
    • be carried out in the country where the applicant currently works or studies
    • involve fieldwork for collecting data
    • be applicant's own research work 
    • achieve its objective(s) and submit reports within one to two years as scheduled
    • be exclusively funded by the NEF Research Grant Programme, or co-funded with the applicant's institution
  • Eligible expenses:
    • expendables necessary for field survey and analysis (e.g., sampling gear, reagent, etc.)
    • local travel expenses for fieldtrip (e.g., accommodation, food, transportation, etc.)
    • reference materials (e.g., article, book, etc.)
    • limited wages and labour costs necessary for proposed research
    • other expenses only when the NEF Secretariat approved
  • Grant recipients may submit a renewal application to continue the funded research project in subsequent year(s). 


  • Ineligible expenses:
    • salaries and tuition paid to applicants, assistants, and other people to be involved in research
    • renovation and installation of institution’s facilities (e.g., rearing, cultivation facilities)
    • equipment available through applicant’s institution (e.g., personal computer, computer software/accessory, analytical equipment, microscope, projector, printer, GPS, digital camera, vehicle, motorbike) Exception might be made only when the NEF Secretariat approve the importance of purchase of brand new equipment
    • honoraria, consultation fees, and travel expenses paid to advisors and experts
    • participation fees to attend national and international workshops, conferences, and trainings
    • international travel expenses
    • expenses necessary for disseminating research results/findings
    • manuscript preparation and publication
    • expenses for the past activities already done
    • general administrative expenses and overheads; etc.
  • Group or team projects are ineligible.

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