Recovery of Species on the Brink of Extinction

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

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 request for funding is to halt further biodiversity decline by implementing species conservation plans. They will support on the ground priorities of IUCN SSC Species Conservation Plans (e.g. Action Plans, Conservation Strategies, Population and Habitat Viability Assessments) as well as conservation actions that are endorsed by the relevant IUCN SSC Species Specialist Group. 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, 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: (1) Specific and defensible priority actions to avert a species decline; (2) Projects that include the active involvement of early career conservationists; and (3) Projects that support conservation leaders from the countries where the species occur.

2) Eligibility

Eligible are: conservationists, educators, researchers, storytellers, engineers, etc.

3) Location

Actions can take place worldwide.

4) Budget

Typical proposal requests should be less than $30,000; however, applicants may request up to $50,000. Successful applicants may use awarded funds over one or two years. Up to 20% of the total can be used as a stipend for the applicant and/or team members.

5) Application

All applications must be submitted through the online application system. They do not accept mailed or emailed applications. All application materials must be submitted in English.