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THE WILLIAM I. SPENCER CONSERVATION GRANTS PROGRAM

Last updated October 12, 2017

Supporting the development of new knowledge is an important element of the Boone and Crockett Club’s mission.

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. 

2017 Research Theme: 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, 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 in cervids. 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) studies that address 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.

Eligibility: Researchers, graduate students or their supervisors from North America may apply for funds to support projects based in the USA, Canada, or Mexico. 

Research proposals and proposed budget should be submitted to the Boone and Crockett Club by November 27, 2017.  Proposals must follow the guidelines in the request for proposals. Priority is given to projects that (1) are aligned with the mission of the Club; (2) demonstrate active collaborations in partner contributions and matched funding; (3) support the development of new knowledge that is management or policy focused; and (4) have the potential for widespread application of the results. Other considerations include project feasibility and researcher qualifications.  Grants provided are for $25,000 or less and multi-partner collaborations are strongly encouraged. Funding decisions will be made by January 15, 2018.

For questions, please contact Dr. Joshua Millspaugh, Conservation Grants Subcommittee Chair at Joshua.Millspaugh@umontana.edu



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