Small Cetacean Fund
Voluntary fund for small cetaceans conservation research
VOLUNTARY FUND FOR SMALL CETACEANS CONSERVATION RESEARCH
The IWC Small Cetacean Conservation Research Fund supports high priority research that demonstrably links to improving conservation outcomes for small cetaceans globally, particularly those that are threatened or especially vulnerable to human activities.
NEW CALL FOR PROPOSALS – APRIL 2013
Thanks to generous donations from France, Italy, The Netherlands, the UK and a consortium of NGOs, there are sufficient funds for a new call for projects. Preference for funding will be based on a determination of conservation need, the quality of the research application and the demonstration of links between research and conservation outcomes. Proposals that demonstrate a capacity building legacy with true regional co-operation will be viewed favourably. Higher priority will be given to projects in line with the previously established priority topics and recommendations of the sub-committee on small cetaceans.
In order to maximise the number of projects supported by this fund any single proposal will be limited to a maximum of £20,000.
Completed application forms should be sent to the IWC Secretariat (email@example.com) by 17 May 2013 with ‘SMALL CETACEAN RESEARCH PROPOSAL’ in the subject line.
Further information on the application process can be found here.
THE FIRST CALL FOR PROPOSALS – MARCH 2011
The First Call for proposals came in March 2011 and nine projects were funded.
A Review Group, appointed by the Convenor of the sub-committee on small cetaceans, will review proposals in accordance with agreed criteria.
This year the group consists of Caterina Fortuna (Convenor of the sub-committee on small cetaceans), Greg Donovan (Head of Science at the IWC Secretariat), Debra Palka (ex-Chair of the Scientific Committee), Arne Bjørge (ex-chair of the Scientific Committee and of the sub-committee on small cetaceans), Randall Reeves (Chair of the IUCN/SSC Cetacean Specialist Group), Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho (member of the Scientific Committee and Chair of the IWC Conservation Committee) and Nick Gales (member of the Scientific Committee).
This group may suggest improvements to proposals where appropriate and can solicit the assistance of other researchers in the review process if necessary.
The recommended projects by the Review Group will be considered by the sub-committee on small cetaceans and the full Scientific Committee. Recommended proposals will be included in the Scientific Committee’s budget as given in its report to the Commission under the heading of a specific request to the Voluntary Research Fund for Small Cetaceans. Projects will be awarded after final approval by the Commission.