In 1999, the Society for Marine Mammalogy established a program to help support marine mammal research in countries where scientists have less access to research funds. The Society’s International Relations Committee and Committee of Scientific Advisors have defined all countries except the following as eligible countries*: 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.
Individual awards of up to $2,000 (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. Precedence is given to those who have not received funding in prior years. Recipients who subsequently have their SMM-funded research accepted for presentation at a SMM biennial conference will receive $500 toward travel expenses to the conference.
Applicants must meet all three of the following eligibility requirements: 1. Be a member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy 2. Be a national of one of the countries not in the above excluded list (preference is given to early career researchers such as students and researchers with less than 5 years post-doctoral experience) 3. Be conducting research in one of the countries not in the above excluded list These grants are intended to support marine mammal 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. The Society does not provide funding for indirect costs. In 2019, 15 of 31 applicants received funding from $830 to the maximum of $2,000. All publications resulting from work supported in full or in part by the Society must acknowledge such support with the statement: “This research was supported in part by a Small Grant in Aid of Research from the Society for Marine Mammalogy.”
Applications are particularly welcome from scientists working in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Pacific Island states, and countries which made up the former USSR.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted annually during the month of June. They are reviewed by the Committee of Scientific Advisors between 1 July through 31 August and recommendations for awards are provided to the Board of Governors of the Society. Awards are announced in September. Funds will be distributed to grant recipients by the Society’s Treasurer. In preparation of your proposal, please view winning grant applications from previous years:
Development of biosonar-related structures of dolphins (Odontoceti: Dephinoidea) Guilherme Frainer, Brazil
Applications for 2020 are currently closed.
Former Recipients and Final Reports
Within one year of receipt of Society funds, grantees are required to provide the Society with a 250-word summary report on how the grant funds were used to support their marine mammal research and if the research findings have been or will be published. The summaries of each supported project will be published on the Society website.
For technical questions regarding the online application, please email email@example.com
For all other questions about the grants, please contact:
Professor Douglas Wartzok
Chair of the Committee of Scientific Advisors
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St, MARC 261
Miami, Florida 33199-0001 USA
Phone: 305 348-1905; Fax: 305 348-6389
* The following criteria have been chosen to establish this classification: (1) Using the most recent World Bank classification (https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/906519-world-bank-country-and-lending-groups), 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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_research_and_development_spending) are also eligible.