In 1999 the Society for Marine Mammalogy established a program to help support marine mammal research in emerging and developing countries. The International Monetary Fund identifies all countries except the following as emerging and developing countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States.
Individual awards of up to $1500 (U.S.) may be made annually
The awards are for one year only but successful applicants may re-apply in subsequent years provided they meet all the conditions of the prior award, including the annual report.
The grants-in-aid program is open to all marine mammal researchers. Membership in the Society for Marine Mammalogy is not required. Awards to non-members of the Society will include a membership for the duration of the award.
These grants are intended to support field research directly. For example, funds are intended for the purchase of essential equipment, travel to field sites, or other fundamental components for conducting the research. Applications for conference fees, meeting attendance, workshop travel or salaries will not be considered.
These awards are for nationals of emerging and developing countries, particularly early career researchers such as students and researchers with less than 5 years post-doctoral experience, who are conducting research in emerging and developing countries.
Applications are particularly welcome from scientists working in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Pacific Island states, and countries which made up the former USSR.
Summary Reports & Recipients
One year from the date that an award is made, grantees will be required to provide the Society with a 250 word summary report on how the small grant funds were used to support marine mammal research, and if the research findings will be published. These summaries of each supported project will be published in the News section of the Society website.
View the recipients, project summaries and final reports from:
The 2012 Grants in Aid of Research program
The 2011 Grants in Aid of Research program
The 2010 Grants in Aid of Research program
All publications resulting from work supported in full or in part by the Society must acknowledge such support.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted, reviewed, and awards made annually.
Applications will be accepted here online starting 1 June 2013.
View winning grant applications from previous years:
Applications will close midnight 30 June, 2013 EDT.
Applications will be reviewed by the Committee of Scientific Advisors 1 July through 31 August and recommendations for awards provided to the Board of Governors of the Society.
Grants will be awarded based on need and scientific excellence. Funds will be distributed to grant recipients by the Society's Treasurer.
For technical questions regarding the online application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other questions about the grants, please contact:
Chair of the Committee of Scientific Advisors
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St, PC 526
Miami, Florida 33199-0001
Phone: 305 348-2151
Fax: 305 348-2994