Grant and RFP Listings

Small Grants from The National Marine Aquarium and National Aquarium Limited

"National Aquarium Limited, a sister charity to the National Marine Aquarium, makes small grants available for interesting projects that will make a difference. These projects may be science-based but could equally be based around arts or drama – indeed, the more innovative the better, as long as they make a contribution to raising awareness of the marine environment. Grants awarded so far have been in the region of £1,200-£5,000 and it is likely that future awards will be of similar amounts."

Grant Application Deadline: 
October 19, 2017

The Science of Science Communication III (SSCIII) Inspiring Novel Collaborations and Building Capacity

In December 2016, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a new consensus study report, Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda. Now, with support from the Rita Allen Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences is pleased to offer two awards of $37,500 each to bring the report’s vision for robust science communication research closer to fruition. These awards will support the formation and development of partnerships of science communication researchers and practitioners and facilitate their efforts to plan collaborative projects that pursue shared research interests aligned with the report. Those receiving awards will present details about their collaborations at a special session of the Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication III to be held on November 16-17, 2017.  Additional support for the Colloquium is provided by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. To apply for these awards, researchers and practitioners who have agreed to work in partnership should submit a proposal by June 1, 2017. Click here for proposal submission details.  For assistance email SSC3Awards [at]

Grant Application Deadline: 
June 1, 2017

Research-Practice Grants from the Gulf Research Program

Research-practice grants aim to advance science and its application by (1) accelerating knowledge transfer from researchers to practitioners, thereby facilitating implementation; and/or (2) encouraging the use of practitioners’ knowledge and lessons learned from experience to inform research. Proposed projects must be hypothesis-driven and seek to improve science and practice by bringing together researchers, practitioners, or other relevant perspectives.

Grant Application Deadline: 
May 3, 2017

BEST 2.0 Small Grants for Overseas Countries and Territories

This call is open to applications for small grants for the Caribbean and Pacific regions, and eligible applicants are encouraged to submit a concept note until the 23rd of May. A notification of invitation to propose a full proposal will be addressed to the successful applicants after evaluation. Please check the eligibility of your organization before submitting and bear in mind that no co-funding is required and that the maximum possible duration for your project can not exceed 16/18 months.

Grant Application Deadline: 
May 23, 2017

NOAA Sea Grant 2017 Aquaculture Initiative: Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production

Depending on appropriations, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available a total of $10,000,000-$12,000,000 across fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019 for a national initiative to increase aquaculture production in the short-term (2-4 years). This competition is designed to foster the expansion of sustainable U.S. marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture. Successful applications must outline integrated projects that clearly address major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States aquaculture production. See full FFO for examples.

Grant Application Deadline: 
May 9, 2017

Puget Sound Stewardship & Mitigation Fund

Groups of any size are eligible to apply. Grants will be awarded up to a maximum amount of $25,000. In addition to larger organizations, we’ve specifically reserved some of the grant funds for smaller grassroots organizations and we encourage proposals from local, volunteer-based groups. If your organization has an annual budget of $100,000 or less, we encourage you to apply for a grant of $10,000 or less.

Grant Application Deadline: 
September 1, 2017

2017 Coral Reef Conservation Fund

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will award grants to address negative impacts to coral reefs and improve coral reef management effectiveness. Grants will be awarded to reduce land-based sources of pollution, advance coral reef fisheries management, support recovery and resiliency of coral reef systems and improve watershed management planning.

The Coral Reef Conservation Fund is a partnership with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) and works to assist the agency in coral reef conservation. The Coral Reef Conservation Fund expects to have approximately $1,000,000 available for funding.

Grant Application Deadline: 
May 15, 2017

Waitt Foundation's Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grants Program

The Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grants Program is a project of the Waitt Foundation. ROC Grants provide small grants with a quick turnaround time for solutions to emerging conservation issues. This complements the Waitt Foundation’s existing major grants program and is responsive to conservation opportunities, supports higher-risk ideas at a low financial cost, and engages with small, local NGOs on a global scale.

IDEA WILD Small Equipment Grants for Protected Areas Management

IDEA WILD seeks to minimize the loss of biodiversity by empowering people on the front lines of conservation by awarding small equipment grants to conservation professionals around the world. These equipment grants advance biological research, conservation education, community outreach, conservation management, field training, and professional development in areas where it is needed most. By empowering both aspiring and veteran conservation professionals, IDEA WILD has been instrumental in establishing new protected areas, reversing the decline of species through innovative management plans, restoring damaged and critical habitat, and improving how local communities support and sustain their immediate natural resources. Each year, IDEA WILD distributes over $300,000 worth of equipment – including digital cameras, spotting scopes, mist nets, tents, binoculars, and GPS units – to over 400 conservation projects worldwide.

IDEA WILD focuses its support on professionals working in developing countries where other sources of support are limited or nonexistent, and where a $750 equipment grant is often equivalent to several months’ salary. IDEA WILD accepts proposals from ALL countries.