Funding Opportunity: 2018 Conservation Project Grants from the International Elephant Foundation

The International Elephant Foundation is soliciting applications for its 2018 grant cycle. These grants will focus on three areas: Asian elephants, African elephants and captive elephants. Applications must clearly contribute to in situ or ex situ conservation of Asian and African elephants. The deadline for applications is August 11th, 2017

Date published: 2017/04/26

During the 2018 grant cycle, the Foundation is requesting proposals that specifically target the following:

Asian Elephant:

  • Human-elephant conflict mitigation and coexistence
  • Reducing habitat fragmentation and loss
  • Action to eliminate illegal killing and trafficking of elephants
  • Community capacity building
  •  Conservation education
  • Managing captive range country Asian elephants

African Elephant:

  • Human-elephant conflict mitigation and coexistence
  • Reducing habitat fragmentation and loss
  • Action to eliminate illegal killing and trafficking of elephants
  • Community capacity building
  •  Conservation education

 Elephants in Human Care:

  • Critical diseases – EEHV or Tuberculosis
  • Quantify the impacts of conservation education at U.S elephant holding facilities on public action in the U.S and/or in Asian and/or African elephant range countries

Funds will be awarded and available January 2018

Criteria for funding:

  • Requests for funds must provide complete information for the project to be justified and evaluated
  •  Projects that designate local/public education/awareness as a significant program outcome must include an evaluation component
  • Projects must begin in the year for the portion of the project which funds are requested, (but not before funds are to be awarded) and contain a clearly defined beginning and end
  • Funds will not be awarded for elements of a project that will have already occurred before awards are made
  •  Budget requests that consist primarily of salary or travel will generally not be considered favorably.

Proposals must meet some or all of the following objectives and criteria:

  •  Clearly contribute to the in situ or ex situ conservation of African or Asian elephants or their habitats.
  •  Be grounded in sound scientific methodology, be logistically feasible, and have a high probability of success.
  • Be part of an established conservation program or be well-suited to become a long-term program.
  • Validates a new approach for long-term elephant and/or habitat conservation
  • Be action-oriented not purely data collection or survey.
  • Have multi-institutional participation and matching funds.
  • Demonstrate a spirit of cooperation with ex situ elephant facilities and other like-minded conservation institutions.

Principal investigators must have a reputation for completing projects, publishing results in an expeditious manner and cooperating with funding agencies in providing reports and educational materials. If awarded funding previously by the IEF, satisfactory performance on previous grant awards is essential.

  • Must meet humane standards of care when animals are involved.
  • Must be approved by the appropriate governmental body in the range country or agency at the location where the project is conducted.

Awards typically range about US $10,000 per year.

Applications must include the following: 

  •  Cover sheet: containing project title, name and contact information for the principal investigator, name and institutional affiliation of co-investigator(s), amount requested, project start and end dates, and project review category
  • Project abstract: (limit to 150 words or less) Briefly, describe in a clear, concise statement the problem and project goals in lay terms; what assistance you are requesting from the International Elephant Foundation; and the impact on conservation of elephants. This will be used for potential donor acquisition
  • One page technical summary: This is a critical section of the proposal and will be used to help determine where a proposal is placed in the review process. The abstract must be specific to your project and should not contain general information about elephants or conservation
    • Justification, which clearly explains the need for the project
    • Brief description of methodology
    • Anticipated short-term benefits and outputs
    • Description of how this project contributes to the long-term conservation of elephants description of the personnel and organizations involved
  • Project narrative: must include all of the elements listed below (maximum of 6 pages, 10-12 point font) 
    •  Project rationale
      • Clearly justify the need for the project
      • Be specific to the country, region and population of elephants within your project scope
      • State how the specific elephants/habitat/other wildlife/human communities will benefit.
      • Indicate if you have been funded by IEF before, what years, titles of project(s) and if this is an ongoing or new project
    • Project goals and objectives
      • Clearly lists the project goal(s)
      • Clearly list the objectives for each project goal
      • Explain if a new approach is being proposed
      • If not, explain how it has been used elsewhere and list similar projects and locations used as models, cite the pertinent literature or include documentation
    • Project design, methodology & work plan
      • List each specific project objective identified in Project Goals and Objectives and explain in detail
      • The series of activities that will be undertaken for each objective
      •  How each individual activity will be implemented
      • Who will implement and be responsible for each activity
      • Describe why this design is the best methodology/solution for addressing your objectives
    • Monitoring & evaluation procedures
      • Discuss how the project will be monitored throughout the funding cycle. Please explain in detail.
      • Discuss how the results of the project will be evaluated
      • Discuss expected results and how they may be used as a model by others
    • Sustainability
      • Describe how the results will continue to support project goals and the conservation of elephants beyond the grant period
      • What is needed for project to become sustainable long term?
    • Timeline
      • Proposed Start and End dates. List major project activities addressed in the project narrative, the date each activity starts and ends. If the proposed activity is part of a larger project, make sure the IEF funded portion is clearly identified. Please note if the project is currently underway
    • Budget
      • Must be in US currency, itemized and divided into the following categories:
      • Project personnel (stipends or salary support, number of persons, hours, rate, position)
      • Travel expenses (number of persons, cost per trip, number of trips)
      • Lodging and meals (numbers of days x persons)
      • Activity (itemize)
      • Equipment (itemize)
      • Supplies (itemize)
      • Services (itemize)
      • Miscellaneous expenses (itemize)
      • Everything listed in the methods section that requires funding must be listed in the budget
    • Budget justification
      • Applicant must provide a detailed description of why each line of the budget is necessary and how the costs were determined
    • Alternative sources/options
      • Describe what alternatives you have if the project is not selected or if it is not awarded the full amount you are requesting from IEF
    • Project location
      • Must be indicated on a map included in the proposal showing the location of your project site at the state or province level
    • Literature cited
      • Applicant must provide full citations for all of references listed within the text of the project narrative and budget justification
    • Letters of support/cooperation and government endorsement 
      • To ensure that the project, if funded, can proceed as methods and timeline indicates:
        • Non-governmental applicants must include a recent letter of support from the appropriate local, regional, and/or national government wildlife or conservation authority.
        • Letters of willingness to collaborate from all participating institutions involved in the project are required. Endorsement letters should make specific reference to the project by its title, as submitted on the applicant’s proposal.
    •  Qualifications of principal and co-investigators
      • Describe the specific personnel who will complete each project activity and describe their qualifications.
      • Include a CV for each investigator (maximum 2-page CV per individual).
    • Indicate whether PERMITS or IACUC approval (where required for the study) have been obtained.
    • After writing your proposal, the reviewers would appreciate if you would remove the directions from each numbered category and leave just the number and heading.

Proposals must be submitted electronically as ONE Word or Adobe PDF document (this includes the cover page, narrative, CVs, supporting documents etc.) Proposals must be saved as saved as: Project Investigator’s Last name, year the project will occur (2018), and the country where the project will take place.  A sample would look like the following Olson2018Kenya. Applications are to be submitted electronically to [email protected] and [email protected] Proposals must be received at the IEF office by 11:59 pm CST on 11 August 2017