Info For Applicants

Info for Applicants

Established by the Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Rhode Island Zoological Society in 1989, the Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund (SDCBF) supports conservation programs that protect threatened wildlife and habitats worldwide.

Field studies and other projects that demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach to biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, and projects that involve in-country collaborators receive the highest funding priority. Environmental education programs, development of techniques that can be used in a natural environment, and captive propagation programs that stress an integrative approach to conservation are also appropriate. Projects must directly affect biological conservation.

Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund: Grant Application Process

Applicants must be associated with an organization (e.g. NGO, university, etc.) through which s/he can receive funding. Organizations, not individuals, receive funding check. There are no eligibility restrictions on the nationality of the applicant.

Projects that have been funded by the SDCBF are eligible for a second year of funding. A second application must be submitted according to the application guidelines, along with a progress report from the first year of SDCBF funding.

Funding Restrictions

Funds for elements of a project that will have already occurred before awards are granted are not eligible for grants. In rare cases there are exceptions, however,ongoing costs such as salaries of permanent staff and other administrative costs are generally not considered.

Funds to cover contingencies, institutional/organizational overhead, indirect costs, tuition fees, fringe benefits or travel not associated with project activities (e.g., travel to conferences where results will be presented) are not granted.

We may consider partial funding of a project if a particular component of the project has support and can be completed independently, or if it is made clear that additional funding has been obtained or is being sought from other sources to cover remaining costs. We do not accept proposals requesting more than the maximum amount of funds allowed for the specific grant program. One may submit a proposal for subsqequent phases of previously funded projects.

Roger Williams Park Zoo is not required to be a collaborator for a project to be eligible for funding. We will not consider highly invasive, terminal research projects or projects that collect/voucher specimens for funding.

Application Components

We will not consider proposals that do not follow the guidelines precisely.

No phone calls, please. All information needed to inform your application is included here. We suggest that you review current and past grantee project descriptions prior to preparing your application.

Title page

Include applicant's name, institutional affiliation, address, job title, degree being sought or highest degree obtained, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, total budget, and amount requested from SDCBF (maximum annual request is $1,000).

Also, include the project title and a 100-word ABSTRACT of the proposed project, stating the purpose, methods, and significance of the project to the field of conservation biology.

Proposal Narrative

Maximum of three (3) pages with a 10-point font minimum. Literature cited in the proposal narrative may be listed on a separate single page (for a total of four (4) pages for the narrative component). The narrative must include all of the following:

  • Introduction to the project explaining the rationale for the project, specific conservation goals and objectives, and hypotheses to be tested. Clearly describe the applied conservation goals.
  • Methods/plan of action describing data collection methods, sample size, and detailed timetable including project's completion date and dissemination plan.
  • Implementation plan detailing how the project results will be used in conservation action or policy.
  • Outcome evaluation process explaining how the project's impact(s) on conservation will be assessed.
  • Detailed budget for the project. Include a budget justification with a description of how the SDCBF grant money will be used. List amount and sources of additional support, pending or received.
Curriculum Vitae

Two page maximum.

Two letters of recommendation, each from a different individual familiar with the applicant and the proposal.

Application Deadlines

June 1, 2017:

  • All components of the application (narrative, CV, and letters of recommendation). We will not accept components that arrive after the date above, nor will we accept incomplete applications.

September 15, 2017:

  • Grants awarded. No funds provided before October 1.

September 1, 2018:

  • Deadline for filing a progress report including an update on the status of the project and detailing your budgetary expenditures to date.
Application Mailing Address

Send completed application by postal mail to:
Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund
Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907

Please Note: You may also fax your application to (401) 941-3988. However, you must also send a hard copy through postal mail.