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Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section
Conservation Research Small Grants Program

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 initiated 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 Section's 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

Grant applications are currently closed.

Information, announcements, and application reminders for the current and future grants rounds will be posted to the  SCB Marine section listserve, in the Marine Section news, and on the Section's social media pages.

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.) Examples of 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. Grant recipients may use the Small Grants Report Form available here

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.

2017-18 Conservation Research Small Grants Recipients
Awardee Project Country Project Title
Ursla Benedite Koumbo Tagagoum Cameroon Sea turtles conservation: increased conservation efforts through education and capacity building for nesting beaches monitoring and bycatch reporting in southern coast of Cameroon
Margaret Awuor Owuor Kenya Integrated assessment of ecosystem services in a marine protected area: the case of Malindi and Watamu Marine Park and Reserves
Zach Boakes Indonesia North Bali reef conservation
Fernando Lopes Brazil First data on population genetics of sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean
Arushi Dutt India A digital documentation on marine conservation and its impact on locals around Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve
Mariana Chavez-Andrade Mexico Biodiversity and habitat use of marine mammals in the Central Coast of Oaxaca, Mexico
T. E. Angela Quiros Philippines Coral reef education and outreach in the Verde Island Passage, Philippines
Jenny Carolina Rodríguez Villalobos Mexico Bringing science to people: involvement of local community to coral reef conservation
Cleto Nanola Jr. Philippines Macro-invertebrate assessment of rocky intertidal areas in Samal Island, Davao Gulf (MARINA)
Leonardo Ariel Venerus Argentina Fishing for useful data in purposeless archives: the potential benefits of digging into the history of the recreational fishing tournaments in Argentina
Gustavo Castellanos-Galindo Panama Pacific Goliath Grouper conservation in Panama
Shaili Johri India Molecular identification of elasmobranchs from landing sites in India
Juan Carlos Villaseñor-Derbez Mexico Natural history of the giant sea bass Stereolepis gigas in Mexican waters
Andrea Dawn Phillott India Sea turtle hatchery management practices in Gujarat and Maharashtra, India

*For more information on the 2017-18 recipients, please visit the 2017-18 SCB Marine Conservation Research Small Grants Winners page.

2016-17 Conservation Research Small Grants Recipients
Awardee Project Country Project Title
Jo Marie Acebes Philippines In search of the big blue: assessing the occurrence of blue whales in the Bohol Sea, Philippines
Folaranmi Babalola Nigeria Assessment of Local Perceptions and Community-Based Conservation Strategy for Dolphins in Eastern Nigerian Inshore Atlantic
Georgia Coward Maldives Restoring a critical coral reef nursery in the Maldives
Katie Gledhill South Africa Population genetics to assist with the conservation and management of the endemic, data deficient, leopard shark Poroderma pantherinum
Katrina Heckendorn Mozambique Determining the motivations for, and social and ecological effects of, fishing behaviours in an artisanal fishery in Pemba Bay, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique
Shaili Johri India Molecular-assisted identification and economic value assessment of Batoid species at landing sites in Gujurat, India
Paul Rodrigue Ngafack Cameroon Citizen Science: Involving local communities and citizens in marine mammals conservation using modern technology in Cameroon coastal line
Pedro Henrique Cipresso Pereira Brazil Lionfish invasion in Brazilian coral reefs: Emergency cause involving local community, researchers and dive centres
Luz Helena Rodriquez-Vargas Colombia Fishermen capacity building for lionfish control at Taganga Fishing Community (Colombia)
Julia Tovar Verba Brazil Managing Data-poor Fisheries: integrating social and ecological approaches for marine spatial planning


*For more information on the 2016-17 recipients, please visit the 2016-17 SCB Marine Conservation Research Small Grants Winners page.

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.