Travel Grants

For the last seven biennial conferences, the Society has provided conference support for a limited number of scientific colleagues who are full-time principal investigators (PIs) employed by governments, universities or other organizations in countries where scientists have less access to research funds.

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The following criteria have been chosen to establish the classification of eligible countries: (1) Using the most recent World Bank classification (, all countries in the categories Upper Middle Income, Lower Middle Income, and Low Income are eligible; and (2) Within the High Income countries, those countries that spend less than US $50 million or less than 1% of their GDP on Research and Development ( are also eligible. Applying these criteria, in 2019 investigators from all countries except the following can apply: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States. This grant is meant for applicants who are primarily working scientists, and who a) are nationals and b) operate in a country where resources to support international conference attendance are inadequate or simply don’t exist. The grant is not open to applicants who are full time students (who are instead encouraged to apply for student travel grants). After screening for eligibility by the Chair of the Committee on International Relations, the applications will be ranked by the Committee and a selection made based on funds available. Selection criteria will address the potential value of the contributed communication to the advancement of marine mammal science and conservation in the applicant’s country, the applicant’s country representation within the Society’s membership, and the perceived difficulty of being a marine mammal scientist in the applicant’s region. Requirements include the following: a) full SMM membership at the time of the Conference; b) first (presenting) author of an abstract accepted by the Conference Committee; c) full participation in the Conference. Colleagues who have not obtained a Travel Grant in the previous two Biennial Conferences (2017 and 2015) will be given precedence.

When requesting support, please try to limit the request to your minimal needs. We will have a fixed amount of funding available, and the less we will award pro capita, the more colleagues we will be able to support.

The application window for the SMM 2019 conference will open in Spring 2019. If you have any questions about applying for a travel grant in 2019, contact: Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Chair, International Relations Committee Tethys Research Institute Italy Phone: (+39) 335-637-6035 Fax: (+39) 02-700-518-468 Email: