THE BOONE AND CROCKETT CLUB CONSERVATION GRANTS PROGRAM
How the Program Works
The Program is managed by the Conservation Grants Subcommittee of Regular and Professional Club members whose expertise spans a wide variety of wildlife species and specialty areas. Duties of the subcommittee are to propose research themes and topics for the annual competition; issue a call for proposals; evaluate submissions; and, provide funding recommendations to the Club. The Conservation Grants Chair, a Boone and Crockett P rofessional member, coordinates the subcommittee’s work, reports on the program’s needs and accomplishments, and handles communications pertaining to the program.
All approved projects are expected to produce information of scientific and practical value. It is intended that recipients of grants will publish their findings in recognized outlets and acknowledge support provided by the Boone and Crockett Club. Final payment to the researcher is held until receipt of a final report. The Club reserves the right to use portions of any and all reports from funded projects without payment or additional compensation. As a general rule, grant recipients are invited to prepare an article for publication in the Club’s magazine, Fair Chase. Unless otherwise specified, grants are made to the college or university supervising the investigator and project. The Boone and Crockett Club does not permit its funds to pay for overhead or administrative costs.
The Conservation Grants Program is managed on an annual cycle that includes a call for proposals, evaluation of submissions, and communication of the results. The cycle begins in the spring, when the Conservation Grants Subcommittee puts forward the theme for that year’s competition. This step focuses the competition on problems that are a high priority for the Club, and provides proponents with clarity on the eligible topics for funding.
Grant materials are posted on the B&C Club’s website and emailed to all American and Canadian universities with graduate programs in wildlife biology or management. Applicants are directed to the Club’s website, where they can review instructions for applying and download the application form.
Copies of all proposals and an evaluation guide are mailed to Conservation Grants Subcommittee members who complete their evaluations for submission to the Conservation Grants chairmen. They convene a meeting of the Subcommittee to review results and develop recommendations for funding.
The Conservation Grants Subcommittee evaluates the applications using the following criteria:
- The proposal meets the guideline of being relevant to big game biology or management.
- The project addresses the current Boone and Crockett Club priority theme(s).
- The study addresses a significant biological, ecological, policy, or social science problem.
- The study has scientific merit by testing existing theory or assumptions or producing new knowledge.
- There is potential for widespread application of the results.
- The study design is appropriate to meet the study objectives or answer the stated questions.
- The study methods and proposed analyses are clear, well justified, and appropriate for obtaining the desired information.
- The project is feasible given the proposed budget and in consideration of funding listed from other partners.
- The applicant is well qualified to undertake the study.
Expectations Of Recipients
Successful applicants are expected to adhere to the following guidelines.
- Project activities normally occur between 1 January and 31 December.
- Successful applicants will be expected to follow the Boone and Crockett Club Cooperative Project Agreement and adhere to the payment and reporting schedule identified in the Agreement. Final payment to the researcher is held until receipt of a final report.
- Grants cannot be made retrospectively, that is for work completed prior to the current application year.
- The Club reserves the right to use portions of any and all reports from funded projects without payment or additional compensation.
- It is intended that recipients of grants publish their findings and acknowledge support provided by the Boone and Crockett Club.
- Grant recipients are expected to provide Boone and Crockett Club with digital copies of the Theses and publications stemming from projects supported by the Club. The Boone and Crockett Club intends to list the citations for these articles on their website and where appropriate provide a link to access the written documents.
- Applicants are responsible for ensuring they have the proper licenses and approvals required to carry out the project and have complied with all the requirements of their organization and local and national authorities.
- As a general rule, grant recipients are invited to prepare an article for publication in the Club’s magazine, Fair Chase.