Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Research Grants Available

The Turtle Conservation Fund is requesting proposals for conservation and research grants. The proposal deadline is May 1, 2009.

TCF Executive Board:Hugh R. Quinn, Co-Chair (DoubleHQ@aol.com)Anders G.J. Rhodin, Co-Chair (RhodinCRF@aol.com)Chris B. Banks; Kurt A. Buhlmann; Kevin R. Buley; Eric Goode; Douglas B. Hendrie; Brian D. Horne; Rick Hudson; Russell A. Mittermeier; Hans-Dieter Philippen; Colin Poole; Peter C.H. Pritchard; Walter C. Sedgwick; Peter Paul van Dijk
The Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF) administers a turtle conservation and research grants program. Awards are granted to organizations or individuals for specific conservation or research projects dealing with tortoises or freshwater turtles, but not marine turtles, with either partial or full support as funding allows. Awards at the present time are approximately in the $2000 to $5000 range per project, with occasional funding up to $10,000.
Priority for funding is given to projects that focus on species that are already highly threatened (Critically Endangered or Endangered) as determined by the IUCN Red List (http://www.iucnredlist.org/).
TCF’s highest priority species targeted for funding are listed below.
We welcome proposals for the conservation of species other than those listed, provided a convincing rationale is included why the species’ conservation status merits funding from the TCF.
Award recipients enter into contractual agreement with one of our partner organizations (Conservation International, Chelonian Research Foundation or EAZA Shellshock Campaign) to produce the proposed work. Award recipients are also encouraged to publish at least partial results of the supported research in the international scientific turtle journal, Chelonian Conservation and Biology, published by TCF Alliance Partner Chelonian Research Foundation (CRF; http://www.chelonian.org/).
For further information and application guidelines go to http://www.turtleconservationfund.org/
TCF Priority Species List

Apalone spinifera ater
Astrochelys radiata
Astrochelys yniphora
Batagur affinis (southern Malay Peninsula and Sumatra )
Batagur baska (northeastern India and Bangladesh , perhaps into Myanmar )
Batagur borneoensis
Batagur kachuga
Batagur trivittata
Chelodina mccordi
Chitra chitra
Chitra indica
Chitra vandijki
Cuora aurocapitata
Cuora bourreti
Cuora glabinifrons
Cuora mccordi
Cuora pani
Cuora picturata
Cuora trifasciata
Cuora yunnanensis
Cuora zhoui
Dermatemys mawii
Elusor macrurus
Erymnochelys madagascariensis
Geochelone platynota
Heosemys depressa
Leucocephalon yuwonoi
Mauremys annamensis
Nilssonia lethii
Nilssonia nigricans
Pelochelys bibroni
Pelochelys cantori
Pelochelys signifera
Podocnemis lewyana
Psammobates geometricus
Pseudemydura umbrina
Pyxis arachnoides
Pyxis planicauda
Rafetus swinhoei
Siebenrockiella leytensis
Terrapene coahuila
Testudo kleinmanni