[MARMAM] ACS Small Grants-In-Aid of Research

Cheryl M. McCormick c.mccormick at acsonline.org
Tue Apr 17 14:12:55 PDT 2012

Award Range:  $100 – $1,000 annually

The American Cetacean Society Grants-in-Aid of Research fund offers small
research grants for direct costs of scientific, field-based projects
focusing on cetaceans.  The Society invites proposals from all
cetacean-related disciplines, including the social sciences, which focus
on cetaceans and/or their habitats.  ACS particularly welcomes
applications from early-career researchers such as graduate students and
researchers with less than 10 years’ post-doctoral experience, and
researchers whose work focuses on small cetaceans.

The American Cetacean Society has a long-standing commitment to providing
young scientists with ‘seed money’ for research projects in
cetacean-related disciplines.  Currently, ACS grant awards range from $100
to $1,000; the Society highly encourages funds to be used in a ‘match’
program to maximize funding potential.

Funding is available to applicants who are themselves active (dues-paying)
ACS members or whose faculty advisors are active members. ACS funds are
intended to strengthen conservation efforts through applied field-based
research and opportunities outside of the laboratory.  Funds may not be
used for salaries, stipends, honoraria, or other compensatory expenses.

Chapters of the American Cetacean Society also participate in grant-making
initiatives and will also submit Request For Proposals (RFPs) coincident
with their funding cycles.  For information about specific chapters and
their grant-making programs, please visit the Chapter page our website.

Proposals should include:

1.  Application cover sheet, with title of proposal, field research group,
contact information (email, phone and departmental contacts) for the
faculty lead or principle investigator (PI), second PI (if applicable) and
any proposed graduate student participant list (with contact information).

2.   A brief narrative (1-2 pages, single-spaced) describing the research
program, overall purpose, specific research objectives/questions, study
timeline and benchmarks, significance of the research in advancing our
understanding the biology and conservation of cetaceans and/or their
habitats, and how the research can or does advance conservation efforts
aimed at a particular taxa, species, or habitat.

3.   An itemized, one-year budget, including estimated costs for supplies,
equipment, travel, etc. Costs should be kept reasonable. A budget
justification should be included.  Budget should not exceed requested
funding amount; however, details of additional funding sources supporting
the research and how those funds will be used are helpful in evaluating

4.  Curriculum Vitae (CV) for each principle investigator.

The application deadline for the 2012 American Cetacean Society Small
Grants-in-Aid of Research Program is Monday, May 21st, 2012, and will
cover proposed field work to be undertaken through summer of 2012. Funding
is limited and proposals will be peer-reviewed for scientific rigor,
conservation benefit and cost effectiveness.

Awards will be announced on Friday, July 6th, 2012.  Applications should
be sent by email to Cheryl McCormick, Executive Director, at
c.mccormick at acsonline.org.  Questions regarding the program may also be
directed to her.



Cheryl M. McCormick, Ph.D.
Executive Director
American Cetacean Society
P.O. Box 1391
San Pedro, CA  90733-1391
(310) 548-6279 (office)
c.mccormick at acsonline.org

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