Vol. 62, No. 4 | November 2017
 

Research Grants & Travel Awards


SEVERAL AWARDS ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP OFFSET TRAVEL COSTS TO THE ABS 2017 CONFERENCE IN ADDITION TO THE GRANTS LISTED BELOW.


2017 SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS IN PUERTO RICO

ABS is pleased to announce a small grants program for animal behavior graduate students in Puerto Rico, to aid in the recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This is a one-time allocation of funds, to help students with damage to infrastructure and ongoing research programs. We will support expenditures for research including equipment or travel. Please note that this is not an open-ended offer for assistance with living expenses.

ABS members, we need your help! We have allocated $5000 of ABS discretionary funds towards this effort. We hope that your donations can help bump us up to at least $10K. Note that donations are US tax-exempt. Please use the link below to make a donation. No donation is too small!

ABS Members: How to donate: Complete the online donation form here: http://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/web/support.php - Please use the “Unrestricted Fund” option

Puerto Rico Students: How to apply: Complete the online application form using the link below: Criteria: Eligibility is restricted to students enrolled in graduate programs based in Puerto Rico, and conducting research in the field of animal behavior. Anticipated award values of $500 per student. Grants awarded through this program will be exempt from the standard ABS 1-grant-per-lifetime-rule.

APPLY HERE

Complete applications must be submitted using the online application form by December 1, 2017.


Animal Behavior Society 2018 Student Research Grant and Developing Nations Research Grant

The Animal Behavior Society offers the following grants to support graduate student research:

• ABS Student Research Grants
• George W. Barlow Award
• E.O. Wilson Conservation Award
• Amy R. Samuels Cetacean Behavior and Conservation Grant
• Developing Nations Research Grant (for students and other researchers)

Research grants range from $500 to $2000 USD, depending on the category of the grant and evaluations. Individuals may receive only one ABS research grant during their lifetime. Receipt of an ABS research grant does not preclude receipt of a Developing Nations Grant in a subsequent year, and receipt of a Developing Nations Grant one year does not preclude the receipt of an ABS research grant in a subsequent year.

Applications for all of the awards are submitted in the same online application system; there is an opportunity in the application to specify the type of award for which you are applying.

The deadline for Student Grant submission is 11:59 PM CST on Friday December 15, 2017. Submissions will not be accepted after the closing date. Applicants for student grants must be enrolled in a graduate program and must be active members of the Animal Behavior Society.

Application instructions and more information about the Student Research Grants, is available on the grant application website here: http://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/web/awards-student-grants.php

If you have any questions about your membership or the submission process, contact the ABS Central Office: info@animalbehaviorsociety.org

 


 

ABS STUDENT RESEARCH GRANTS

ABS Student Research Grants for graduate student research are awarded at a level of $500 to $2000 USD each, depending on referee evaluations.

 

E. O. WILSON CONSERVATION AWARD

The Edward O. Wilson Conservation Award seeks to encourage graduate students of animal behavior to participate in meaningful conservation-related research. This single grant of up to US$2000 supports a proposal considered meritorious for its integration of behavior and conservation. The award is named for Dr. E. O. Wilson, professor at Harvard University, one of the world's preeminent scientists and pioneers in biodiversity conservation. Dr. Wilson received the ABS Distinguished Animal Behaviorist Award in 2002.2.

 

GEORGE W. BARLOW AWARD

The George W. Barlow Award's purpose is to encourage excellence in graduate student research in the field of animal behavior. This grant will be given annually to one top-ranked proposal in the Student Research Grant cycle in accordance with the most recent ABS Student Research Grant competition rules.

 

AMY R. SAMUELS CETACEAN BEHAVIOR & CONSERVATION AWARD

The purpose of the Amy R. Samuels Cetacean Behavior & Conservation Award is to provide financial support for graduate students studying cetacean behavior and/or cetacean conservation in natural environments. The goal of this grant is to encourage original and significant research that focuses on endangered populations or species, or on critically important problems in cetacean behavioral biology. A grant of up to US $2000 will be made to a successful applicant. The grant must be used for field research; it cannot be used for laboratory research. This grant will be awarded only if there are proposals deemed worthy by the committee in any given year. Thus, there may be years in which no award is made. Eligible applicants must: (1) be enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral Program in a University accredited by a regional college association, (2) be members in good standing of one of the following professional societies: Animal Behavior Society or Association of the Study of Animal Behaviour. ASAB members planning to apply for this grant must contact the Central Office (info@animalbehaviorsociety.org) prior to the submission deadline (specified above) to be able to submit an application through the ABS web site.

 

DAVID S. TUBER AWARD

The David S. Tuber award was created to promote excellence in research into Applied Animal Behavior.

Named in honor of David S. Tuber (1942-1995) this award was created by Victoria L. Voith & Peter L. Borchelt, editors of the book "Readings in Companion Animal Behaviour" for his seminal contribution to the field of clinical animal behavior. David S. Tuber was one of the first behaviorist to apply the principles of animal behavior to the behavioral problems of companion animals.

 

DEVELOPING NATIONS RESEARCH GRANT

Funds for the annual Developing Nations Research Grant Competition are intended to provide financial support for scientific studies of animal behavior conducted by current Animal Behavior Society student members, as well as more established researchers, who are residents of a developing nation and are conducting research at an institution in a developing nation. Please note that developing nation student members of ABS are also eligible to apply for the annual Student Research Grants Competition, and are eligible to receive both a Developing Nations Research grant and a Student Research Grant, but not in the same year.

ABS uses the World Bank’s classification of nations by income (excluding all “high-income” and OECD member economies) to identify Developing Nations. Please refer to the following website to check that your nation qualifies: http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-and-lending-groups. Grants are awarded for research to be conducted within a 1-year period from the date of receipt of this grant.

 


ABS 2017 TRAVEL RELATED GRANTS AND AWARDS


 

LATIN AMERICAN TRAVEL AWARD

The Latin American Travel Awards are intended to encourage greater participation of Latin American researchers in ABS meetings, by helping to defray the costs of international travel, housing and/or meals at meetings. The deadline for applications is the last day of abstract submissions or the end of early registration (whichever occurs first) - Date TBA.

Given the eligibility criteria below, priority will be given to Ph.D. students who are attending an ABS meeting for the first time and who have not received a Latin American Travel Award in previous years. Award values vary according to funds available. Candidates are prioritized according to the quality of their abstracts and CVs.

Eligibility: Latin American Travel Awards are restricted to Latin American graduate students enrolled in programs in Latin American institutions, who will be presenting a talk/poster at the annual ABS meeting.

Applications consist of:
- your submitted abstract, including the title
- your curriculum vita (CV)
- a brief statement about your previous attendance at ABS meeting and previous Latin American Travel Award(s).

Checks in US dollars for the amount of the award will be mailed directly to recipients following announcement of the results. Applicants are responsible for currency exchange and any bank fees.

Applicants will be able to apply for the Latin American Travel Award using the online abstract submission system.


 

GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL GRANT

The Graduate Student Travel Grant award is intended to provide financial support for graduate students to attend and present at the annual Animal Behavior Society meeting by helping to defray the costs of travel, housing and/or meals at the meetings.

The deadline for applications is the last day of abstract submissions, February 28, 2018.

Priority will be given to Ph.D. students who are attending an ABS meeting for the first time. Award values vary according to funds available. Candidates are prioritized according to the quality of their abstracts and CVs.

Eligibility: Graduate Student Travel Awards are restricted to graduate students who will be presenting a talk/poster at the annual ABS meeting and who are active members of ABS. Receiving this award does not preclude students from applying for additional funding from ABS.

Applications consist of:

  1. Your submitted abstract, including the title
  2. Your curriculum vita (CV)
  3. Justification for request for support, including information about whether support for attendance is covered by other sources
  4. A brief statement about your previous attendance at ABS meetings

Applicants will be able to apply for the Graduate Student Travel Grant using the online abstract submission system.


 

CAREGIVER TRAVEL GRANT

The Caregiver Travel Grant award is intended to provide financial caregiving support for active ABS members to attend and present at the annual ABS meeting. Funds may be used to aid in caregiving costs that will enable ABS members to attend the annual meeting (e.g., airfare for caregiver, childcare or dependent care costs).

The deadline for applications is the last day of abstract submissions, February 28, 2018.

Award values vary according to funds available. Candidates are prioritized according to their need, abstract and CVs. Preference will be given to applicants who are presenting their work.

Eligibility: Caregiver Travel Grant Awards are for ABS members who will be attending the annual ABS meeting. Receiving this award does not preclude ABS members from applying for additional funding from ABS.

Applications consist of:

  1. Your submitted abstract, including the title
  2. Your curriculum vita (CV)
  3. Justification for request for support (one paragraph)
  4. A brief statement about your previous attendance at ABS meetings

Applicants will be able to apply for the Caregiver Travel Grant using the online abstract submission system.

 


 

NEW: FUNDING FOR EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

NEW DEADLINE: DECEMBER 7, 2017

The Education Committee of the Animal Behavior Society is pleased to announce the creation of ABS Educational Outreach grants. Modeled after the grant program in place for the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the objectives of this program are: 1. To promote local outreach efforts by ABS members; and 2. To document outreach efforts.

Purpose:
We have a responsibility as scientists to engage with the public. Many members of ABS actively engage in outreach activities, but most of our efforts are undocumented. We would like to provide small outreach grants to support exceptional programs of community outreach. Those that receive awards will be required to write a two-page description of the program that we will post on the ABS website. The purpose of this requirement is to highlight quality outreach programs created by ABS members. We will add descriptions each year, building a repository that will serve as an inspiration to fellow ABS members and as a resource of outreach examples to use in publications, grant applications, and other venues. This website will also be searchable, allowing the public to learn about the creative and diverse outreach activities conducted by ABS members.
For 2018, we anticipate awarding three-four grants, each with a maximum award of $500.
Proposal submission and selection criteria:

  • Each proposal must be submitted as a single PDF file, by email to the Outreach Grants chair of the ABS Education Committee (EDaleBroder@gmail.com).
  • Applicants must be members of ABS.
  • Members of the Education Committee and Outreach Subcommittee are eligible to apply.
  • Proposals should include a one-page, single-spaced project description and a detailed budget on a separate page. Any matching funds (while not required) should be described in the budget.
  • Proposals are due December 7.
  • A panel consisting of four members of the Outreach Subcommittee of the ABS Education Committee will review proposals based on the following criteria:
  • Quality and Engagement: We will give priority to programs that have one of the following:
      • Clear learning objectives beyond simply exposing students to animal behavior (e.g., an emphasis on the process of science, on teaching data analysis and visualization, or on correcting common misconceptions in science, etc.).
      • Engagement with students or citizens in a variety of communities and nations who may not generally have access to the study of animals and natural history in a scientific context.
  • Feasibility: Program seems realistic; authors seem prepared; partners, infrastructure, and matching funds are all positive.
  • Impact: The program will reach a large number of students or reach a small number in an intensive and effective way.
  • Awards will be announced February 1.
  • Recipients will be expected to present a poster at ABS within 12 months of completion of the project, and a description of activities for posting on the Education Committee page of the ABS website.

Grants will be awarded with full and equal opportunity to members of all genders, nationalities, races, and religions.

We encourage ABS members to consider applying for an Outreach Grant. Please contact Dale Broder (EDaleBroder@gmail.com) or Sue Margulis (margulis@canisius.edu) if you have questions.

 

 
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Animal Behaviour

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