Memorial Research Grants

Neotropical Grassland Conservancy

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Deadline: Mar 1, 2021

Grant amount: US $2,000 - US $10,000

Fields of work: Environmental Conservation

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty, Working Professional

Funding uses: Research, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Central America, South America

Location of residency: Central America, South America

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About this funder:



The Neotropical Grassland Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 2001. We donate equipment and money to local scientists and direct conservation projects and educational programs. Our philosophy promotes cost-effective ways to impact conservation of grasslands, empowers local people and launches careers, and creates a valuable network of promising scientists and students. We are dedicated to:

  • Conservation- Promoting the conservation of savannas, gallery forests, wetlands, and associated ecosystems in Central and South America.
  • Collaboration- Fostering mutually beneficial collaboration between North American and Central and South American scientists and institutions by providing shared scientific and educational opportunities.

We aim to make a long-term difference for Neotropical grasslands by helping launch careers in conservation in important areas.

Memorial Grants

These grants directly promote conservation research. Grants are one-year, unrestricted funds that can be used for direct or indirect costs, including salary. Specific grants may be restricted to certain taxa or new research initiatives. Please note, you must carefully describe how this grant may impact grassland conservation efforts in your application.

Peter Rittenhouse Kellogg, Jr. Memorial Fund Grant

This award of up to $10,000 is given annually to exceptional projects, which will have a lasting impact on grassland conservation. Ritt Kellogg graduated from Colorado College in 1990. He loved wild places, both at sea and in the mountains. His mountaineering career included difficult rock-and-ice climbs in Colorado and desert rock climbs. He valued the preservation and protection of wilderness areas, and strived to be a positive friend to all. He found joy in helping others, often when they did not expect it. Ritt died tragically in an avalanche while he and two friends were topping out on the east face of Mt. Foraker in Alaska, June 18, 1992.

Halsey M. Marsden Memorial Research Grant

This award of $5,000 is given annually to an outstanding grassland conservation project. It is given in memory of Halsey Marsden, who was an avid naturalist and scientist with a great appreciation of wild places. He was a keen observer and dedicated researcher who understood the application of the scientific method. Missouri prairies were a large part of his research efforts.

Sue Wijdenes Memorial Research Grant

This award of $5,000 USD is given to scientists in the American tropics initiating new grassland conservation research. The grant is awarded in memory of Sue Wijdenes. Sue was an avid birder, traveler, and advocate of conservation.

Derald G. Langham Memorial Research Grant

This award provides a $2,000 USD grant to scientists in the American tropics featuring grassland plants. The grant is awarded in memory of Derald G. Langham. Derald received the first Ph.D. from Cornell University in plant genetics in 1937. He and his family spent the next 30 years in Venezuela as Derald established plant nurseries and headed the national plant genetics program. His passion for plants, charisma, and support of new ways of thinking of the world are memorialized in this award.

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


  • Grants are one-year, unrestricted funds that can be used for direct or indirect costs, including salary. 
  • Eligible applicants are Latin American researchers affiliated with a university, museum, or conservation organization


  •  Preference is given to researchers who have participated in the Student Grant or Research Equipment programs and who have submitted final reports.