Deadline: 29-Aug-21

The Wild Animal Initiative is pleased to solicit proposals for research on the welfare, ecology, and everyday experiences of juvenile wild animals.

Relevant projects might include studies that extend captive animal welfare assessment techniques to juvenile wild animals, or those that demonstrate how ecological concepts can relate to wild animal health and wellbeing.

The Wild Animal Initiative will generally fund whatever is required for the project to be completed. However, they prioritize funding for direct research costs such as for supplies, materials, and travel.

Funding for other expense areas (such as stipends, salaries, or durable goods) should be fully justified relative to the project goals.

Funding Information

  • Grant size: $25,000 – $250,000

Eligible Projects

Wild Animal Initiative provides grants for research projects that help them understand and improve the lives of wild animals.

Eligible projects will shed light on one of the following questions:

  • What are the subjective experiences of wild animals like?
  • What strategies can they use to improve the welfare of wild animals responsibly?

Wild Animal Initiative will prioritize eligible projects insofar as they:

  • Are especially likely to enable or motivate further welfare-relevant research, such as by establishing foundational concepts, developing novel methods, or engaging with areas of active discourse.
  • Are especially unlikely to attract interest from other funders.
  • Are relevant to especially numerous taxa.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This call is open to anyone, but they are especially interested in supporting postdocs and PhD students pursuing a long-term research career in the field of wild animal welfare.
  • They particularly encourage applications from researchers who have not previously included welfare considerations in their work.
  • If you are not sure whether your project would be relevant to understanding wild animal welfare.

Selection Criteria

  • Engagement: To what extent will this project accelerate or inspire other research or activity in support of wild animal welfare?
  • Scope: How many animals could potentially benefit from the results of this project, and by how much?
  • Tractability: Does this project have a high probability of being able to be carried out as described and delivering the expected answers or results?
  • Neglectedness: How likely is it that this project could be funded by another organization, without reducing its value for wild animal welfare?
  • Research ethics: How likely is the execution of this project to cause harm to non-human animals or people?

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