Emily B. Shane Award Now Accepting Applications

The Emily B Shane Award
The Emily B. Shane Award (EBS) supports conservation-oriented, non-harmful[1] field research on free-ranging Odontocetes and Sirenians. The award honours Emily B. Shane (1924-1995), a fine amateur naturalist and dedicated conservationist. Funds are awarded to projects with clear conservation priorities for an odontocete or sirenian species, population, or habitat critical to the species. Research that also impacts a local human community in terms of increased public awareness, capacity building, or education may be given special consideration. The award will total approximately US$10,000. The award committee may opt to divide the award among two or more applicants. Although awards will be made for no more than one year at a time, applicants may apply more than once for the same project.

Due Date: Applications are to be submitted by 31st October 2018 (midnight GMT). No application shall be accepted after the deadline. Proposals must be submitted to the Awards Chair, Dr. Lindsay Porter Lindsay.jp@gmail.com and the subject line must state “EBS Award 2018”. Please also use this email and subject title if you have any questions about the award process. All questions welcome!

Evaluation Criteria
Eligibility: The award is available to students and other researchers who meet the evaluation criteria. The application should be submitted by the person conducting the research.

The application must include the following materials; ·

  • A proposal, not exceeding three pages in length (Times font, 12 point type, single space, 2 cm margins). Briefly outline the proposed research, objectives of the study, methods, role of the proposed work in conservation, the time period for the research, person(s) conducting the field research and role of each, and literature cited. ·
  • A budget, including other funding applied for, or already held, for the proposed research. Funding requests should be for direct field research expenses only. ·
  • Research permits or authorisation from appropriate authorities (or copies of application if permits not yet finalised)
  • A current C.V. of the applicant, up to three pages in length. ·
  • Three reference letters must be provided, to include contact details of referee and their relationship to the applicant.
  • For students, the supervisor must provide a letter of support.

Award recipient(s) will be announced by 30 December 2018.


[1] Non-harmful research is that which poses a minimal risk to the health and life of an individual animal and to other species within the ecosystem. Research that entails capture or invasive techniques is acceptable only if carried out by competent, experienced personnel and provides clear benefits in terms of conservation and scientific knowledge. Applicant must document previous experience and outcomes.