The mandate of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is to “stimulate, promote and support conservation actions for halting biodiversity decline, preventing species’ extinctions, and restoring and conserving intact habitats and ecosystems, both on the ground and in the water”. In partnership with the IUCN SSC, the goal of this fund is to halt further biodiversity decline by implementing species conservation plans. We will support on the ground priorities of IUCN SSC Species Action Plans as well as conservation actions that are endorsed by the relevant IUCN SSC Species Specialist Group. Applications must explicitly address priorities defined in published action plans (https://www.iucn.org/theme/species/publications/species-action-plans). If no plan for a particular species has been published, the proposal must include a letter of endorsement by the relevant IUCN SSC Species Specialist Group, (https://www.iucn.org/ssc-groups), indicating that the proposal indeed addresses a priority conservation action. Funds are not restricted by taxon or region; proposals must include principal investigators or participants resident in the country where the fieldwork will be conducted and show indication of legal permission to conduct the work if funds are granted.    

 Proposals that focus on the following themes are encouraged:

  • Specific and defensible priority actions to avert a species decline;
  • Projects that include the active involvement of early career conservationists;
  • Projects that support conservation leaders from the countries where the species occur

 Typical proposal requests should be less than $30,000. Applicants may request up to $50,000, of which up to 20 percent of the total can be used as a stipend for the applicant or team members (please see the How to Apply page regarding stipend eligibility). All applications should explicitly state the plan for evaluating the impact of the work. Preference will be given to proposals that include feasible plans to demonstrate change in key, quantifiable indicators of, for example, reduction in drivers of population decline (e.g. unsustainable hunting, fishing or logging), or increase in numbers, degree of protection or connectivity of populations of the target species. The Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP) will be accepted.

For any questions, please write to speciesrecovery@ssc.iucn.org.

To apply, please visit: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/grants/what-we-fund/rfp/species-recovery/

The deadline to apply is April 4th, 2018.