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Animal Behavior Society
Animal Behavior Society

Working towards a better understanding of animal behavior

Animal Behavior & Conservation

The Animal Behavior Society's Conservation Committee was formed to assist society members who want to apply their professional skills to solve conservation problems. Animal behaviorists approach the study of behavior from at least four different angles (mechanisms, development, adaptive function, evolutionary history), each of which may provide insight to managing effectively a species or population.

Conservation Funding Sources

Conservation Funding Sources - updated August 2007

The organizations in this list would consider funding proposals from behavior/conservation biologists if those proposals matched their application guidelines.

Organization Deadline (May Change Yearly)
Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States 1-Feb
Crowder-Messersmith Conservation fund
American Bird Conservancy 30-Sep
William Belton Conservation Grants Fund
American Museum of Natural History
Frank M. Chapman Memorial Grants 15-Nov
Lerner-Gray Grants for Marine Research 15-Mar
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grants 15-Feb
Fellowships 15-Nov
American Ornithologists' Union:
Research awards 1-Feb
Student Awards 4-May
Student Presentation Awards
Marcia Brady Tucker Travel Awards
American Society of Mammalogists
Grants-in-aid 1-Mar
Albert R. and Alma Shadle Fellowship  1-May
American Society of Mammalogists Fellowship 1-May
American Society of Primatologists
Conservation award (restricted locations) 1-May
Conservation small grants 31-Jan
American Wildlife Conservation Foundation 1-Aug
Animal Behavior Society 22-Jan
Student Research Grants
E.O. Wilson Conservation Award
Cetacean Behavior and Conservation Award
Association of Field Ornithologists: 15-Feb
Bergstrom Memorial Awards
Bat Conservation International: Various
Student Research Scholarships
Global Grassroots
North American Bat Conservation Fund
Birds Australia 30-Mar
Stuart Leslie Bird Research Award
BP Conservation Leadership Programme 23-Nov
Future Conservationist Award
Bird Studies Canada: James L. Baillie Memorial Fund for Bird Research and Preservation
Regular grants 15-Dec
Small grants 15-Jan
Student research award 15-Feb
Canon National Parks Service Science Scholars Program (fellowships for doctoral students) 3-May
Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindburgh Foundation 14-Jun
Chelonian Research Foundation
"Linnaeus Fund" (research)  1-Nov
Turtle Conservation Fund May 1 and November 1
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
 Scott Neotropical Fund (studies in Latin America) 25-May
Small grants program (Studies in Asia or North America) 2-Mar
Africa Seed Grants Program (Studies in Africa) 2-Mar
Colorado Field Ornithologists 1-Dec
Project Fund
Cooper Ornithological Society
Mewaldt-King student research award 15-Jan
 Joseph Grinnell student research award 23-Mar
Conchologists of America 28-Feb
Research Grants
Crustacean Society 15-Feb
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Denton Belk Memorial Scholarship in Graduate Studies
The Crustacean Society Fellowship in Graduate Studies
Earthwatch Institute 18 months before research begins
Entomological Society of Canada
Student research awards
Entomological Foundation none given
Variety of professional and student grants and awards
EPA STAR and GRO Fellowships 28-Nov
Explorer's Club: Exploration Fund 15-Jan
Fauna and Flora International TBA
Flagship species small grants programme
Florida Ornithological Society: 14-Feb
Research Awards
Education Awards
Florida Sea Turtle Grants progam 16-Nov
Georgia Ornithological Society 31-Jan
Graduate Student Research Grants
International Primatological Society 1-Mar
Conservation, Research and Captive-Care Grants 
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
Kathleen S. Anderson Award (graduate award with focus on bird conservation) 1-Dec
Pablo Canevari Award (restricted to Latin American applicants) 31-Oct
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation various
several programs
National Geographic Society 8 months prior to field dates
Nature Conservancy: David T. Smith Conservation Research  28-Sep
Fellowship program (post-doctoral awards)
Neotropical Bird Club Conservation Awards 15-Nov
North American Benthological Society 31-Dec
General Endowment Fund
The Simpson Fund: To support research in applied issues 
Boesel  Sanderson Fund: research on the natural history of organisms 
The Americas Fund: travel for Latin American students
The Petersen Fund. 
Student Conservation Award 
North American Dipterists Society 1-Mar
Small grants and student grants
North American Native Fishes Fund 18-Jan
Oregon Zoo June 30 and December 31
Future for Wildlife Grants Program
Pacific Seabird Group none given
Conservation Small-Grants Program
PADI foundation 15-Feb
aquatic research, including conservation
People's Trust for Endangered Species 15-Oct
Philadelphia Zoo 21-Nov
small grants
Pittsburgh Zoo Conservation Fund February 1 and September 20
Primate Conservation, Inc. 22-Jun
Project Aware Dec 15, March 15, June 15, Sept 15
small grants for projects relating to aquatic conservation.
Purple Martin Conservation Association 15-Feb
Research and Conservation Grants
Raptor Research Foundation 15-Feb
several grants for raptor conservation research
Roger William's Park Zoo 1-Jun
Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund
Rocky Mountain National Park & Rocky Mountain Nature Association 1-Feb
Graduate research fellowship
Rufford Maurice Laing Foundation none given
 Small grants for conservation
Seaworld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund 1-Dec
   -   project grants
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society March 15 & October 15
Grants-in-Aid of Research
Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute 1-Dec
Sigurd T. Olson Common Loon Research Award
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology: 19-Nov
Grants in Aid of Research Program
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles 28-Feb
Grants in Herpetology
Society of Canadian Ornithologists 15-Feb
Student research awards
Waterbird Society 15-Jul
 Kushlan Research Award (focus on wading birds)
Webster Groves Nature Study Society 10-Feb
The Mickey Scudder Scholarship in Field Biology (students from the St. Louis area)
The Menke Scholarship for Wildlife Habitat (restricted to students at Missouri    Universities)
Western Bird Banding Association 
small grants for projects using banded birds 31-Aug
Western Society of Malacologists 1-Jun
Student research grants
Wilburforce Foundation various
research grants (priority for projects in western North America)
Wildlife Conservation Society March 15, September 15
Research Fellowship Program
Wilson Ornithological Society 1-Feb
Student Research Awards
Xerces Society 18-Dec
Joan Mosenthal Dewind Award: student grant for Lepidoptera work
Zoo Boise Conservation Fund 2-Jul
Other Lists of Grant Sources That Might Fund Conservation Behavior Research
BirdNet Grants, Awards and Prizes in Ornithology various
Herpetology Research Funding various
The Center for North American Herpetology various