[MARMAM] WDCS Call for Applications

Nicola Hodgins nicola.hodgins at wdcs.org
Tue Mar 25 16:32:25 PDT 2008

Dear Fellow MARMAM¹ers,

It¹s that time of year again and WDCS has pleasure in announcing the 2008/09
³Call² for research applications to be considered for funding through its
International Science Projects programme. All details (as below) and
relevant forms can be found at http://www.wdcs.org/funding

Please feel free to forward the relevant details onto anyone you think would
be interested in submitting an application to the grants programme and if
you (or they) have any further questions then please ask them to contact me

Thank-you and Good Luck,

Applications for funding

WDCS provides funding for marine mammal researchers to conduct cetacean
conservation science projects around the world. Forms to apply for funding
can be found at the bottom of this page.

Who can apply?
WDCS invites individual scientists, university affiliated researchers and
non-governmental organisations to apply for funding. All applications will
be treated on a case-by-case basis however preference will be given to
applicants seeking funding for conservation research to be conducted in
their country of nationality.

(There are of course exceptions, e.g. ­ areas where local expertise is
lacking; however in these cases a capacity-building element for local
researchers must be incorporated into the project.)

When can I apply?
There are 2 funding cycles per annum: -

Application Deadline (1) ­ 1st June
Notification (on or before) ­ 1st September
Funding available from ­ 1st October

Application Deadline (2) ­ 1st December
Notification (on or before) ­ 1st March
Funding available from ­ 1st April

NB. Applications for Emergency Funding will be accepted at anytime.

How much can I apply for?
WDCS grants are in general, small. There is however, no minimum or maximum
amount that can be applied for. Please include a full budget as it is
important to provide a complete overview of the project¹s financial

Can I apply for multi-year funding?
Multi-year applications are encouraged however WDCS will only commit to
funding on an annual basis. Continued funding is reliant on several factors.

Does WDCS cover salaries?
In general, no, however we do cover basic living expenses. There are
obviously exceptions and each project is considered on a case by case basis.
Please include a salary component in your budget even if it is being paid by
an alternative organisation/foundation.

Does WDCS fund Invasive Research Techniques?
WDCS strives to ensure that benign research methods are promoted as a
guiding principle, both for the organisation and the researchers that we
fund. WDCS takes the use of invasive research techniques very seriously and
expects researchers operating through funding supplied by WDCS supporters to
act accordingly. ALL alternatives should be considered before deciding on
the inclusion of an invasive method and long-term monitoring of the impacts
of any invasive research must be considered.
However, WDCS acknowledges that  there may be extenuating circumstances
where invasive methods may be considered as part of a solution, but only
where they are likely to result in swift , long-term and significant
conservation or welfare benefit. If your project plans to utilise methods
which contain an invasive element, please ensure that you complete the
³Invasive Research Questionnaire².

In addition to the normal ³funding process² (see below), projects that
include the use of an invasive research technique will also be externally
assessed by an Ethics Committee.

Is there anything that WDCS does not fund?
Yes: -
(a)    International flights.
(b)    WDCS will not fund captivity-based projects.
(c)    WDCS will not joint-fund projects directly with THE CAPTVITY INDUSTRY
or any organisation that has direct links to the captivity industry.

N.B. ­ ³Captivity Industry² relates to all establishments that keep
cetaceans in captivity, this includes swim-with programmes.

What is the application process?
(1) All applications must be on a WDCS Application Form.
(2) If the project is to include an invasive research technique, an Invasive
Research Questionnaire must also be completed.
(3) If the project is to include in-water research, an In-water
Questionnaire must also be completed.

Completed applications should be returned (by the appropriate deadline date
­ see above), preferably by e-mail to nicola.hodgins at wdcs.org, however
postal applications will also be accepted, please send to: -

Nicola Hodgins
WDCS International Projects Co-ordinator
38 St Paul Street
Chippenham SN15 1LJ
Wiltshire, UK

(4) All applications will engage in the ³funding process² which includes: -
(a) an internal review ­ relevant regional, campaign and/or programme lead;
and (b) an external review ­ conducted by an advisory panel of leading
cetacean experts.

WDCS Application Checklist
(1)    Completed Application form
(2)    If necessary, completed Invasive Research Questionnaire
(3)    CV
(4)    All relevant publications, supporting documents etc.

Thank-you and Good Luck!
Nicola Hodgins
International Projects Co-ordinator
WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society

Phone: - +441249 449 537
Mobile: - +447841497597


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