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APPLYING FOR THE 2017-2018 CONSERVATION GRANTS

chronic wasting disease

Click to download a PDF of this year's Conservation Grants Application.
 

Since 1948, the Boone and Crockett Club through its William I. Spencer Conservation Grants Program has been investing in research and career development to advance science-based wildlife management and to promote the Club’s mission to conserve and manage wildlife, especially big game and its habitat in North America. Nearly every year the Club solicits proposals to address specific research themes.

This year’s theme is Chronic Wasting Disease. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) continues to represent a key challenge in managing cervid populations in North America. New evidence about prion longevity, mechanisms of CWD transmission, detection of the disease in new areas, and a study indicating that macaque monkeys contracted CWD after eating meat from CWD-positive deer raises new questions about this fatal disease. As part of the Club’s efforts to provide science-based management solutions, we are soliciting applications to fund research that addresses some critical aspect of CWD that will support management of the disease.

Although not limited to these areas of research several key questions could be addressed including:

(1) development of a more accurate live animal test;

(2) mechanisms of CWD transmission,

(3) assessment of population or habitat management techniques designed to mitigate disease spread, such as fire;

(4) assessment of currently applied management techniques; and

(5) risk mitigation strategies. Further, given the complexity of this issue and need for substantial financial support, we would consider supporting the development of a research consortium designed to develop a proposal that would be submitted to another funding source.

Regardless of the topic, the work must be applied and designed to inform management or policy actions. Further, projects should use a hypothesis-testing approach.

Interested and qualified applicants are invited to complete and submit the application. Completed applications must be received at the above address by November 27, 2017 and a funding decision will be made by January 15, 2018. Individual grants normally are made for one year only, in amounts based on the scope of the study and the financial needs of the applicant. Grants provided are for $25,000 or less and multi-partner projects are encouraged.

All approved projects are expected to produce information of scientific and practical value. Recipients of grants are expected to publish their findings in recognized outlets. A final report will be expected as a deliverable product. The Boone and Crockett Club intends to share key project results with members in newsletters and other Club related outlets and include the final report on our website. Unless otherwise specified, grants will be made to the college or university supervising the investigator and project; however, note that the Boone and Crockett Club does not permit their funds to be allocated for overhead or administrative costs.


 


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