Save Our Seas Small Grants Open to Applications

Funding is given for short, creative start-up projects in the field of marine conservation run by early career scientists that focus on chondrichthyan species (sharks, rays, skates, sawfishes and chimaeras).

The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) is a not-for-profit organisation based in Switzerland that provides support for projects and activities that have the capacity to make a real difference to the health of the oceans and to the survival of threatened aquatic species and habitats.

SOSF Small Grants are aimed at early career scientists conducting new and creative start-up projects in the fields of marine conservation, research and education. Grants are intended for local projects conducted by local project leaders and are intended to give career scientists, conservationists or educators the opportunity to prove themselves.

Projects eligible for support must be concerned with marine chondrichthyan species (sharks, rays, skates, sawfishes and chimaeras) and should be of 12-18 months’ duration and have specific and finite objectives. SOSF will consider small grant applications that aim to undertake the preliminary investigations necessary before a larger, longer-term project can be developed.

Project leaders should be early career scientists, within five years of being awarded their degree. Applicants can be from any country. Grants are up to $10,000 (with grants averaging $5,000). Awards are for one financial year.

Application is via a two-stage online application process with deadlines for each stage.

Stage 1 applications must be submitted by the deadline of 30 June 2021 (18:00 CET).

Stage 1 involves completing a short online form. Stage 2 is by invitation only based on the Stage 1 application and involves the completion of a longer and more detailed form.