SWOT Grants

State of the World's Sea Turtles

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Anticipated deadline: Sep 23, 2020

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $2,000

Fields of work: Herpetology Herpetological Conservation

Applicant type: Individuals, Organizations

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

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Founded in 2003, SWOT is a partnership among Oceanic Society, the IUCN-SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group, Duke University's OBIS-SEAMAP, and a growing international network of institutions and individuals. This powerful group—the SWOT Team—works to compile and publish global sea turtle data that support conservation and management efforts at the international, national, and local scales. These data reside within the SWOT database, which is continually updated and made publicly available. It is widely used by researchers, conservationists, students and teachers, funding agencies, and government officials.

SWOT Grants

SWOT small grants help field-based sea turtle research and conservation projects realize their goals in each of SWOT’s three areas of focus: networking and capacity building, science, and education and outreach. Since 2006, we have awarded 93 grants to 67 applicants in more than 45 countries and territories.

In 2019 we partnered with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and their Sea Turtle SAFE (Save Animals from Extinction) Program to make additional grants available for projects relating to the conservation of two of the top global priorities for sea turtle conservation: Eastern Pacific leatherbacks, and Kemp’s ridleys throughout their range.


Through our Networking and Capacity Building grants, SWOT aims to:

  • Strengthen networks that facilitate information-sharing and coordinate sea turtle conservation efforts.
  • Build local or regional capacity for sea turtle research and conservation.


Through our Science grants, SWOT aims to support scientific work that fills critical gaps in knowledge about sea turtles that will support conservation objectives. This includes: 

  • Assessments of poorly known or recently discovered sea turtle populations (nesting, or at sea).
  • Research that will help address a specific conservation issue or management objective.


Through our Education and Outreach grants, SWOT aims to support public education and outreach efforts that seek to motivate changes in human behavior in places where sea turtles nest, migrate, and forage. 

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