SOSF: Keystone Grants

Save our Seas Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Next anticipated deadline: May 24, 2020 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jul 30, 2020 (Full proposal), May 24, 2022 (Pre proposal), Jul 30, 2022 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Individuals Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) is committed to protecting our oceans by funding and supporting research, conservation and education projects worldwide, focusing primarily on charismatic threatened wildlife and their habitats. Only projects concerned with marine chondrichthyan species (sharks, rays, skates, sawfishes and chimaeras) will be considered.

A special call for 2020 applications is aimed at supporting projects that promote the recovery of sawfishes, wedgefish and guitarfish. However, any chondrichthyan projects are welcomed.

The funding cycle is biennial, with the grant application window opening in even years (2020, 2022, 2024 etc.), and the grant covering the period from March 2021 to June 2022, for example. Funds are allocated on an annual basis, with the option to apply for continued funding every year. The usual project duration is limited to three years. Grants average 25,000 USD per annum.

General Approach

The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) is committed to supporting activities that have the capacity to make a real difference to the health of the oceans and to the survival of threatened aquatic species and habitats.

With a view to achieving this aim, the Foundation has developed a policy of supporting, in particular, applicants working on exceptional projects, on remarkable species or habitats and/or in unique locations.

The purpose of this policy is to support research, conservation or educational projects that are capable of attracting significant public attention and that, as a result, may genuinely increase public and government awareness of the urgent need to protect the marine environment.

As part of this approach, the Foundation requires all grant holders to undertake public awareness and environmental educational activities (giving talks, issuing press releases, etc.) as part of their project.

Foundation staff (including the dedicated SOSF Conservation Media Unit) is available to assist grant holders in such public relations work, and grant holders are expected to collaborate with them in preparing public awareness materials.

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


  • Only projects concerned with marine chondrichthyan species (sharks, rays, skates, sawfishes and chimaeras) will be considered
  • The focus of the Foundation is on charismatic marine megafauna, and more specifically on Elasmobranchs (Sharks, Rays and Skates).
  • Most of the projects supported by the Foundation currently fall into one or more of three major programme areas:
    • Research
    • Conservation
    • Education
  • All equipment funded remains the property of the NGO or institution.


  • Joint funding/Co-funding of a project by SOSF with another funding agency is welcomed, but not essential.


  • The Foundation does not support the annual salaries (full-time or part-time) of researchers or of other individuals working on projects.
    • The costs of short-term employees or the short-term extra costs of an individual’s participation in a project may however be eligible.
  • The Foundation does not support publication-associated costs through regular funding.
  • The Foundation does not support the attendance of conferences in allocated funding as it is already providing Student Travel Grants to the AES, the EEA, the OCS and Sharks International.
  • The Foundation does not support satellite tags in SOSF Small Grants.
  • The Foundation will not consider applications in which more than 10% of requested funding is allocated to travel expenses.
    • The Foundation promotes local projects by local people.
  • The Foundation is not able to pay overheads, administration and handling fees to large commercial or non-commercial, governmental or non-governmental institutions or organisations (such as Universities or Non-Governmental Organisations). SOSF funds project leaders and projects.