Prince Bernhard Fund for Nature

The Prince Bernhard Fund for Nature aims to help save critically endangered flora and fauna in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Organizations from other regions can qualify for support if there is a substantial element of partnership with, and strengthening of local partner organizations. The Fund's mission is to support small, preferably local initiatives. Applications are being reviewed biannually. Check their website for application deadlines.

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is an independent financial organization that provides grants to organizations in developing countries for projects that benefit the global environment. GEF’s many categories of grants include the Small Grants Program (SGP), administered by the UNDP. Small grants are made to community-based organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in participating countries, and at sites that correspond to GEF’s operational programs. Check their website for the ‘eligibility quiz’.

Marine and Coastal Science for Management (MASMA) programme

Marine and Coastal Science for Management (MASMA) programme, the first regional competitive research grant mechanism, provides funding and technical support for coastal and marine research, training and communications in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region.

MASMA was established to reduce predominance of narrowly focused natural science research, limited emphasis on interdisciplinary research, and limited attention to the critical links between science and the larger societal issues in the region. Consequently, MASMA seeks to strengthen applied and interdisciplinary research on both the natural and social science aspects of coastal environmental issues for the purpose of advancing knowledge that is directly relevant to society and resource management.

New England Biolabs foundation

The New England Biolabs Foundation supports grassroots organizations working with the environment, social change, the arts, elementary education, and science. Its Environment program includes themes on marine conservation, sustainable organic agriculture, environmental education for teachers and schools, and sustainable economic development.

Grants are to grassroots organizations, emerging support groups, and charitable organizations working in selected developing countries The Foundation occasionally makes grants to individuals for small environmental research projects, and to individuals representing nonprofit organizations. Check their website for annual application deadlines.

Marine Research Grant (MARG) Programme (WIOMSA)

The Marine Research Grant programme covers all subject areas of marine science and technology. However, preference is given to research in those areas that are designated as being high priority within the development plans of the WIO member states.

Three types of grants are awarded:

  • MARG-I: Awarded to individual scientists to carry out well-defined research activities in their countries/institutions. The initial duration (term) of MARG-I is 1 year, renewable for a maximum of one term. The maximum amount offered is US$ 6,000 per year.
  • MARG-II: Awarded to individual scientists for the purpose of sharing or gaining technical experience as well as data processing and manuscript writeup within the WIO region and, where necessary, outside the region. The duration of MARG-II is 3 months, and the maximum offered is US$ 6,000.
  • MARG-III: Travel support to individual researchers to attend scientific meetings and conferences, giving them opportunity to present their work and learn from others. The maximum offered is US$ 3,000.

International Foundation for Science (IFS)

 The IFS Programme aims to support excellent individual and collaborative research, to build capability of early-career scientists in the developing world, and to contribute innovation to the sustainable management of biological and water resources. The new IFS Programme is divided into three parts:

  • Individual Research Approach: Individual early-career researchers in eligible countries may apply for research grants to undertake research projects on any aspects of the sustainable management of biological and water resources.
  • Collaborative Research Approach: Support can be provided for collaborative research teams – including interdisciplinary teams, which combine researchers’ strengths, expertise, and experience, to address a larger topic or a research issue where more than one discipline is required.
  • Contributing Innovation Approach: To promote links to those who can support the individual agency of men and women scientists, early in their career in developing countries, to put their science into use.

Travel grants from The Challenger Society for Marine Science

Travel awards are available to assist graduate students to attend scientific conferences or participate in cruises and field work. Priority is given to graduate students who have had a paper or poster accepted for a recognised conference.The Society cannot guarantee that an award will be made and this should not be assumed in applying for funding elsewhere. The Society expects to offer 16 awards annually each of £250.

For other travel grants outside the marine research field visit the CLIVAR website.