Roger Conant Grants In Herpetology Program:
Proposals will be accepted for the 2013 SSAR Grants-in Herpetology Program starting on 15 September 2012. This program is intended to provide financial support for deserving individuals or organizations involved in herpetological research, education, or conservation.
New for 2012/2013 applicants! A liability waiver must be submitted with all grant requests. See further details and links to the liability waiver form below.
Who can apply?:
All applicants must be students AND members of the SSAR with the following exceptions:
In keeping with the Society's goal of encouraging participation by the broadest possible community of applicants, preference may be given to individuals who might not have access to other funding sources. Applications must be submitted by individuals only (but see special considerations for education categories below).
Amount Available: Successful applicants in each of the categories listed below will receive an award in the amount of $500.
Deadline for Submission: 15 December 2012 (see special note on membership dues below).
Announcement of awards: The awards will be announced by late April or early May 2013.
Grant proposals will be considered in the following categories:
2. The Andrew H. Price Field Research Grant In Herpetology. Proposals may address needs for field station fees or equipment and materials in field oriented projects, or the field work portions of broader studies. This might include in-situ behavioral studies, ecological, life history, or sexual selection studies. Survey work by individuals or regional societies may be submitted here or in TRAVEL below depending on how the funds are to be used.
3. Laboratory Research. Proposals may address needs for equipment or materials in laboratory projects or laboratory portions of broader projects. This might include studies in behavior, biochemistry, molecular biology, biomechanics, or physiology.
4. Herpetological Education. Proposals may address an educational project or start up support for an educational program in a zoo, museum, park, nature center, regional herpetological society, etc. The project must focus on a herpetological topic. Note: Although proposals for institutional projects are accepted, education proposals must be submitted by an individual (either sole applicant or principle contact person for the project). Applicants need not be students or SSAR member.
5. Travel. Proposals may address support for travel to field study sites near or far, or to utilize distant collections or facilities. If funding is sought to get from one place to another, proposals should be submitted in the TRAVEL category. Proposals normally submitted in the CONSERVATION or FIELD RESEARCH categories should be submitted here if travel funding is being sought.
6. International. Proposals may address needs in any of the above five categories. The applicant must be a student, but not necessarily a SSAR member. Preference will be given to students with limited access to research funds and in countries where herpetological research has historically been under-funded. Note Regarding Eligibility in the International Category: In 2011, the current President of SSAR, the Grants-In-Herpetology Chair, and several members of the SSAR Board of Directors decided that proposals in this category would only be accepted if they were submitted from institutions OUTSIDE of the United States. Proposals from students who are primarily affiliated with United States institutions are not eligible for this category.
Each proposal must include the following:
(A) Title Page giving the title of the project, the name, mailing address, office and home telephone numbers and, if possible, fax number and e-mail address of the applicant. The title page should also include the following numerated items completed in this format on the bottom left corner of the Title Page:
(B) Background and Objectives of the proposed project. This should include a clear statement of the problem being addressed and any outcomes predicted as a result of the research. Preference may be given to projects that appear particularly unique in their focus, methodology, or predicted results.
(C) Methods proposed for conducting the proposed project.
(D) Complete project budget (regardless of whether the SSAR grant will entirely cover expenses). Include an explicit explanation of how an SSAR award of $500 would be applied toward the objectives of the project (here as well as on Title Page), and provide a listing of all current and pending support for the project.
(E) Brief Curriculum Vitae or Resume of the applicant or project coordinator.
(F) Letter of Support Proposals must be accompanied by a letter of support from another member of the SSAR, the student's major advisor or committee chairperson, or a regional society president. Note: education proposals must be accompanied by a letter of support from the herpetological curator, the director of the facility, or the regional society president.
(G) Liability Waiver All grant applicants must sign, scan and submit an electronic version of the SSAR GIH liability waiver. A pdf of this waiver can be found here.
Proposal Length: Must not exceed 1,200 words (excluding title page, literature cited, curriculum vitae/resume, budget, and liability waiver).
Proposal Format: The entire proposal should be typed and double-spaced.
Submitting your proposal: All proposals must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org as a single PDF file named "lastname-category.pdf" no later than 15 December 2012 to be considered (letter of support may be included with the proposal or sent separately). Exceptions to electronic submission and file format may be allowed for special cases with prior approval by SSAR-GIH Chair.
Failure to meet these guidelines may result in elimination of a proposal from consideration.
Important Points To Consider:
General Criteria Given to Reviewers For Scoring Grant Applications: Please note that these criteria are not rigid and we do not require reviewers to adhere to them implicitly. Their purpose is to help reviewers organize their thoughts regarding each application.
(1) Strong Introduction
(2) Is the topic unique or does it fill a necessary void in the current knowledge of the species/topic in-question?
(3) Clear Statement of problem being addressed, the objectives, and predicted outcomes of the research
(4) Soundness of Methods
(5) Strong Letter of Support
Successful applicants are encouraged to submit the results of their research for publication in the Journal of Herpetology or Herpetological Review, or to present their findings at the annual meeting of the SSAR.
Submit proposals or questions regarding application procedures to:
Joshua M. Kapfer
Grants In Herpetology Donor Information
Financial contributions by SSAR members, institutions, and other benefactors support this program significantly, and can increase the number and/or size of awards. Your tax-deductible contribution to this program will directly benefit meritorious research and education in herpetology. Contact the Treasurer of SSAR for additional information about contributing to the Grants-in-Herpetology Program. If you are employed by an organization that will match donations made to nonprofit organizations, please notify your employer that you have made a donation to the Grants-in-Herpetology Program.