Marine Conservation Research Small Grants

Society for Conservation Biology

Grant amount: US $750 - US $1,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 15, 2019

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The need for support of marine conservation efforts is acute in many parts of the world, especially in developing nations and nations with little or no access to conservation funding. The Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section is thus initiating the Conservation Research Small-Grants Program to fund worthy conservation projects around the globe. Grants will range from US$500-700. The objective of the SCB Marine Section Conservation Research SmallGrants Program is to advance the conservation of marine organisms and their habitats by providing funds to individuals or groups for research, conservation and restoration activities. While we encourage applications from all Marine Section members, priority will be given to individuals from developing countries and those working in developing countries. Marine Section members should bring this program to the attention of potential worthy recipients, especially students and early-career scientists.

The program will support the SCB Marine Section’s mission and goals:

Marine Section Mission Statement

To advance the science and practice of conserving the Earth’s marine biological diversity


  • Be a global focal point for marine conservation
  • Facilitate the dissemination of the science of marine conservation through education, publications, presentations, and media outreach
  • Promote marine conservation as a priority for SCB
  • Inform and facilitate the implementation of marine conservation policy
  • Encourage communication/action across disciplinary, national and institutional boundaries
  • Create the capacity to accomplish the aforementioned goals

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


  • If your country is not designated as developing by the World Bank, but has less access to conservation funding, please explain/demonstrate that in the application.
  • For continuing (previously CSGP-funded) projects, eligibility also depends on timely reporting (within two months of the completion of the project or the funded phase of the project).
  • Examples of eligible activities:
    • Providing materials to train local residents to reduce impacts of human activities on marine organisms and their habitats;
    • Developing educational materials for implementing conservation practices, such as teaching fishers to reduce bycatch;
    • Surveys of previously unsurveyed areas to evaluate status and conservation of marine organisms or habitats;
    • Travel to and from research sites;
    • Participant travel to focus groups/workshops;
    • Research equipment and supplies (e.g. dive equipment, sampling supplies, photographic equipment);
    • Other direct costs (e.g., boat fuel).

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. Applicants must be members of the Society for Conservation Biology's Marine Section.


  • Priority will be given to individuals from developing countries and those working in developing countries.
  • Priority will also be given to applicants who demonstrate that a demonstrated capacity to accomplish the work proposed (e.g., through matching funds, matching funds in kind, or existing in-country capacity).
  • Priority will also be given to first-time applicants.


  • Examples of non-eligible activities:
    • Travel to the ICCBs, IMCCs, or other meetings;
    • Personal expenses such as food, lodging, or professional membership fees;
    • Researcher salaries;
    • Tuition or course fees;
    • Indirect/Overhead/F&A.