The International Association of Bryologists now accepts applications for the Conservation and Endangered Species Grant. This competition is open to IAB members only. Priority will be given to projects focusing on rare or threatened species, habitats or bryophyte hotspots in high need of conservation actions. Please note that at the time of the award evidence must be presented for any required plant collecting permits or equivalent permission from necessary authorities.
A Budget Report and Project Report must be submitted within 2 years to the Conservation Committee. Any resulting publications must be sanctioned by IAB.
Application deadline: March 15, 2021. Note that proposals must be in English. Adjudication and announcement: June 1, 2021.
Review and recommendation process: Proposals will be reviewed by a subcommittee appointed by the president. The subcommittee will recommend applications it deems suitable for funding to the IAB Council for final approval. The subcommittee is co-chaired by Irene Bisang and Jacques van Rooy, and is completed by Monica Suleiman, Juan Larrain and Neil Lockhart.
Format: please follow the guidelines rigorously.
Structure: the complete application must be submitted via the on-line form below. The proposal can not exceed three pages (additional text will not be read by the committee).
- A. Summary description of project
- B. Justification for the proposed project
- C. Activities to be performed
- D. Requested detailed budged (total budget, containing funding from other source (if applicable) and requested amount); note that maximum amount awarded is $600.
- E. Expected outputs and impact.
Your proposal must be submitted as a single pdf document, entitled YOUR NAME_C&ES_Award
In the description of the project the following points should be noted: Is the species, habitat or hotspot vulnerable, threatened or endangered (please provide a reference)? If not, does this study intend to collect data for identifying the status of a potentially endangered or threatened species, or is the study species used as a model for a threatened or endangered species, and, if so, please specify how the study will help conservation efforts. Is the species (and possible study) included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ? Has the conservation significance, impact and outcome of the study been clearly identified and stated? Is there any other commentary on the nature of the threat and corrective action? Is the study, education plan, or other action proposed sound in respect to what is known about the species/ habitat/ people? Is there sound methodology in the proposal? Are there experienced project principals? Is there a training component involving local people?
Take note: To avoid parallel redundant efforts and potential competition for limited funds for bryophyte conservation, the IAB council has decided at the council meeting in Puerto Williams, Chile in 2015 to eliminate its IAB Conservation Committee. Instead the IAB will be duly represented by three of its members in the IUCN SSC Bryophyte Specialist Group. The Bryophyte SG joins forces to promote the exploration of bryological diversity and its long-term conservation across all geographic scales and regions. The Bryophyte SG will, on behalf of the IAB Council, evaluate and recommend for funding, applications for the IAB Conservation and Endangered Species Grants. Read more about the recent activities of the Bryophyte SG.