The American Cetacean Society (ACS) Grants-in-Aid of Research fund offers small research grants for direct costs of scientific, field-based projects focusing on cetaceans. ACS invites proposals from all cetacean-related disciplines, including the social sciences, which focus on cetaceans and/or their habitats. ACS particularly welcomes applications from early-career researchers such as graduate students and researchers with less than 10 years’ post-doctoral experience, and researchers whose work focuses on small cetaceans.
ACS has a long-standing commitment to providing young scientists with “seed money” for research projects in cetacean-related disciplines. Currently, ACS grant awards range from $100 to $1,000; the Society highly encourages funds to be used in a “match” program to maximize funding potential.
Funding is available to applicants who are themselves active (dues-paying) ACS members or whose faculty advisers are active members. ACS funds are intended to strengthen conservation efforts through applied field-based research and opportunities outside of the laboratory. Funds may not be used for salaries, stipends, honoraria, or other compensatory expenses.
ACS Chapters also participate in grant-making initiatives and will submit Requests For Proposal (RFPs) coincident with their funding cycles. For information about specific chapters and their grant-making programs, please visit the Chapters page.
Proposals should include
1. Application cover sheet, with title of proposal, field research group, contact information (email, phone and departmental contacts) for the faculty lead or principal investigator (PI), second PI (if applicable) and any proposed graduate student participant list (with contact information).
2. A brief narrative (1-2 pages, single-spaced) describing the research program, overall purpose, specific research objectives/questions, study timeline and benchmarks, significance of the research in advancing our understanding the biology and conservation of cetaceans and/or their habitats, and how the research can or does advance conservation efforts aimed at a particular taxa, species, or habitat.
3. An itemized, one-year budget, including estimated costs for supplies, equipment, travel, etc. Costs should be kept reasonable. A budget justification should be included. Budget should not exceed requested funding amount; however, details of additional funding sources supporting the research and how those funds will be used are helpful in evaluating applications.
4. Curriculum Vitae (CV) for each principal investigator.