AArk Seed Grant

Amphibian Ark Seed Grant Announcement

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Seed grant programAmphibian Ark is pleased to announce the sixth annual call for proposals for its Seed Grant program!

This $5,000 competitive grant is designed to fund small start-up rescue projects for species that cannot currently be saved in the wild. Successful proposals will reflect AArk values – please pay careful attention to the grant guidelines below for details on what types of projects are favored.

  • focusing on species whose threats cannot be mitigated in nature in time to prevent their extinction and who therefore  require ex situ intervention to persist
  • working with species within their native range country
  • involving range-country biologists
  • adhering to recommended biosecurity standards for ex situ programs
  • linking ex situ programs to in situ conservation
  • involving partnerships to maximize the likelihood of the program’s long-term sustainability

Grant guidelines can be downloaded as a pdf file. Past grantees can be seen by clicking the link above.

Applications will be due no later than May 1, 2014. Award announcements will be made on May 15 and funds dispersed by June 1, 2014. Progress reports will be due 1 June 2015.

Inquiries can be directed to Kevin Johnson, Taxon Officer KevinJ@amphibianark.org.

We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Ronna Erickson, Josie Lowman, Woodland Park Zoo, the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the other AArk supporters who helped establish this grant.

Priority Guidelines – please read very carefully!

This grant is not intended to fund:

  • Workshops
  • Educational exhibits
  • Project overhead or indirect costs

Required:

  • An ex situ component. While we do highly value in situ conservation, research, assessment, and education, our funds are extremely limited and so we must insist that all proposals include an ex situ component. Note that in situ conservation, research, assessment, and education can be included as valuable components of any good proposal that otherwise focuses on rescuing species ex situ. Ideally, our support of your ex situ component will help you secure funds for these other components as we tend not to fund “graphic panels” or other components for which other funding could be found. For projects that do not relate to ex situ rescues, consider applying for ASG seed grants (rdmoore@conservation.org).
  • Working with species that need to be rescued. Proposals must relate to rescuing species whose threats cannot be mitigated in nature in time to prevent their extinction and which therefore require urgent ex situ intervention to persist. This status should be determined by relevant field experts, e.g., the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group field experts through AArk Conservation Needs Assessment Workshops, or similar processes. While we appreciate efforts to keep regionally threatened but globally stable species common, our limited funds are restricted to projects involving species that need help at a global level.
  • Working with species within their native range country. Unless capacity absolutely cannot be built in the range country in time to prevent imminent extinction, the AArk will not fund projects that remove animals from their range country. In addition, every effort should be made to enable national biologists to lead the program.
  • Adhering to recommended biosecurity standards. Regardless of where the rescue population is held, measures must be taken to isolate it from allopatric (non-overlapping) species that might be in the collection as well as from the original threat (e.g., chytrid). Please refer to our recommended biosecurity standards.
  • Newly launched programs. The concept of a ‘seed’ grant is to fund projects at the very beginning of their life in order to help them attract larger and/or long-term funding for the duration of the program. We do not favour projects that are already well established or have significant funding, although we do not mind seeing some funding in place for complementary components (like fieldwork or education).

Content Requirements

  1. Project Title
  2. Names, institutional affiliations, and email addresses of project leaders
  3. Total funding amount requested from Amphibian Ark in US$
  4. Executive summary (300 words or less), including brief background, methods, and anticipated outcomes, with emphasis on actions utilizing AArk funds. Please stress the conservation significance of the work, including the specific conservation need of all species involved (e.g., AArk Priority, IUCN threatened or DD, national priority, etc.) and how the work will help address the threats to the species
  5. Introduction, identifying the main conservation problem, the proposed corrective actions, the anticipated outcomes, and how these relate to the AArk values
  6. Methodology, including a succinct description of the proposed work with enough technical detail for evaluation by experienced reviewers

The cumulative length of sections 1-6 should be three pages or less.

7. Budget, no more than one page, with distinction between funds requested from AArk and those from other sources, with the latter specified as ‘requested’ or ‘received’ and from where. Clearly identify the role of AArk funding as a proportion of overall project cost. All costs should be in USD$. See sample below.

Budget category

Item/amount
(Examples)

Requested from AArk

Other sources/status

Field study

field vehicle rental, fuel, $60/day, 10 days

$0

$600 received from ASG

food: 5 people $20/day, 10 days

$0

$1000 received from ASG

lodging: 5 people, $50/day, 2 days

$0

$500 received from ASG

local guide $30/day, 10 days

$0

$300 received from ASG

Principle investigator salary for 14 days

$0

$3000 pledged from employer

10 data loggers, $50/each

$0

$500 requested from RWPZ

$5/Bd swab, $20/test, 20 samples

$600

$500 requested from ARAV

Ex situ facility

retrofit existing building

$0

$5000 in house

1st year keeper salary

$0

$6000 requested from WCS

keeper to husbandry workshop

$0

$2500 requested from AZA

Air conditioner

$250

$0

Generator

$1000

$0

Water supply filtering system

$200

$0

Foot baths/solutions, $50

$50

$0

Disposable gloves, $100

$100

$0

supplies for live food culture

$500

$0

mats for 20 aquariums, $10/each

$200

$0

mats for 20 filters, $10/each

$200

$0

Field collection

field vehicle rental, fuel, $60/day, 10 days

$600

$0

food: 5 people $20/day, 10 days

$1000

$0

lodging: 5 people, $50/day, 2 days

$500

$0

local guide $20/day, 10 days

$200

$0

PI salary for 14 days

$0

$3000 pledged from employer

Education

graphics for display

$0

$500 requested from DWCT

presentations at local schools

$0

$1000 requested from DWCT

Threat mitigation

reforestation project

$0

$5000 requested from CI

fish removal

$0

$5000 requested from ASG

trail management

$0

$5000 requested from CI

Total

 

$4,800

$39,400

Percentage

 

11%

89%

8. Scientific citations are not necessary, but limited to half page if included.
9. Timeline of work (example below) and intended dissemination of results.

Activity

July-Sep ’14

Oct-Dec ’14

Jan-Mar ’15

Apr-Jun ’15

fieldwork

X

X

 

 

ex situ facility

 

X

X

 

field collection

 

 

X

X

education

 

 

 

X

10. We require 2 types of supporting letter:

- All applicants–whether applying as individuals or as employees representing their organizations–must include at least one letter of endorsement from someone at an unrelated organization. That person should be a recognized leader in the field or at least from an internationally known organization.
– Employees representing their organizations must also submit a letter of institutional support from their employer. This letter is simply to verify that the employer (1) is aware that the applicant is proposing the project and (2) will provide the necessary time and space to complete the proposed work. One such letter is required for each project leader on the application who has a different employer.

Format Guidelines

  • Proposals should be submitted in English in font type no smaller than Times 12, with a minimum of one inch (2.5 cm) margins all around.
  • The body of the proposal (including content points 1-6 above) must not exceed three pages, excluding budget (≤1 page) and literature cited (≤½ page). Proposals longer than four and a half pages in body length will not be reviewed.
  • All materials should be submitted together attached to a single e-mail as .doc or .pdf files. File titles should include the name of the grant’s principal researcher. Only e-mailed proposals will be accepted. Submit proposals to: Kevin Johnson, Taxon Officer, KevinJ@amphibianark.org. All correspondence should have “AArk Seed Grant Proposal/principal researcher’s name” in the subject line.

 

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