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Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section
Conservation Research Small Grants Program

The Marine Section is accepting applications for its 2016 Small Grants Research Program. 

The deadline to apply has been extended to 4 November 2016. For details on the application process, see below. Applicants apply via this Application Portal.

Small Grant Program Information

The need for support of marine conservation efforts is acute in many parts of the world, especially in developing nations and nations with little or no access to conservation funding. The Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section is thus initiating the Conservation Small Grants Program (CSGP) to fund worthy conservation projects around the globe. Grants will range from US$500-700.

The objective of the SCB Marine Section CSGP is to advance the conservation of marine organisms and their habitats by providing funds to individuals or groups for research, conservation and restoration activities. While we encourage applications from all Marine Section members, priority will be given to individuals from developing countries and those working in developing countries. Marine Section members should bring this program to the attention of potential worthy recipients, especially students and early-career scientists.

The program will support the SCB Marine Sectionís mission and goals.

To advance the science and practice of conserving the Earth’s marine biological diversity


  • Be a global focal point for marine conservation
  • Facilitate the dissemination of the science of marine conservation through education, publications, presentations, and media outreach
  • Promote marine conservation as a priority for SCB
  • Inform and facilitate the implementation of marine conservation policy
  • Encourage communication/action across disciplinary, national and institutional boundaries
  • Create the capacity to accomplish the aforementioned goals

Be sure to submit your application by the extended deadline of 4 November 2016.

Applicants must be members of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Marine Section, and priority is to support conservation efforts in developing countries and underserved areas by their citizens. (For information on joining SCB, please see the membership page.) Eligible activities include: providing materials to train local residents to reduce impacts of human activities on marine animals and their habitats, developing educational materials or equipment for teaching fishers to reduce bycatch, surveys of novel areas to evaluate status and conservation of marine organisms or habitats.

For information on eligibility and how to apply, see the SCB Marine Section Conservation Small Grants Program Guidelines or email the Marine Section Science Officer

If you require the guidelines document or forms in large print, audio, Braille, or a colored background, please contact the Marine Section Diversity Committee Chair Luli Martinez-Estevez.

2015 Conservation Research Small Grants Recipients


Project Country Project Title
Michela Catena India Ridding India's Waterways of Fecal Bacteria, One Step at a Time
Eka Maya Kurniasih Indonesia Baseline Data Collection of Ocean Sunfish (Family: Molidae) Distribution Along Bali and East Java
Lalith Ekanayake Sri Lanka Marine Turtle By-catch Reduction and Rescue Programme in the Gulf of Mannar, Northwest Sri Lanka
Robert Eliakim Katikiro Tanzania Locally-based and Cost-effective Tools for Protection of Turtle Nests
Maarten De Brauwer Indonesia Assessment of Abundance of Pygmy Seahorses in Bangka Island, Indonesia
Tilen Genov Slovenia Educational Exhibition: Research for the Conservation of the Adriatic Sea - the Slovenian Dolphin Project
Kara Pellowe Mexico Life History Science to Improve Conservation Management of the Mexican Chocolate Clam in Loreto, Mexico
Catherine Kim Timor-Leste Coral Health and Disease Across an Anthropogenic Gradient in Timor-Leste

*For more information on the 2015 recipients, please visit the 2015 SCB Marine Conservation Research Small Grants Winners page.