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Wild Animal Initiative Call for Proposals: Large Grants Program (up to $200,000)

Deadline: 28 Oct 22

Wild Animal Initiative has announced the 2022 Large Grants Program which is a restricted call focused on two very specific themes with related tracks that seek to answer key unanswered questions important to understanding wild animal welfare.


Wild Animal Initiative invites interested groups to prepare a project proposal of up to US$200,000 to explore:

  • Theme 1: Density-dependent well-being:
    • Track 1: Resource availability and density-dependent welfare.
    • Track 2: Density-dependent mortality.
    • Track 3: Interventions to regulate the population.
    • Path 4: Avoid the load capacity paradox.
  • Theme 2: System dynamics and network effects:
    • Track 1: Modeling community well-being.
    • Track 2: Empirically model the network effects on the well-being of wild animals.
    • Track 3: Network effects of interventions aimed at improving wildlife welfare.
Eligible projects

Wild Animal Initiative provides grants for research projects that help us understand and improve the lives of wild animals. Eligible projects will shed light on one of the following questions:

  • What do the subjective experiences of wild animals look like?
  • What strategies can they use to responsibly improve wildlife welfare?
Eligibility criteria
  • This call is open to anyone, but Wild Animal Initiative is particularly interested in supporting post-docs and doctoral students pursuing long-term research careers in the field of wild animal welfare, and researchers who have not yet included welfare considerations in their work. Wild Animal Initiative particularly encourages applications from communities underrepresented in science, including but not limited to people of color, self-identified women, and non-binary people.
  • The Wild Animal Initiative is unable to fund researchers residing in countries subject to US sanctions (e.g. Iran, North Korea, Russia). Wild Animal Initiative is also unable to fund work that will be performed in the United States by a non-US resident. However, outside of these specific limitations, research proposals from researchers around the world are welcome. If you are unsure if your project is eligible, please contact us.
Selection criteria
  • Impact: How likely is this project to lead to improved wildlife welfare now or in the future?
  • Commitment: To what extent will this project accelerate or inspire other research or activities in favor of the welfare of wild animals?
  • Scope: How many animals could potentially benefit from the results of this project, and to what extent?
  • Traceability: Does this project have a high probability of being carried out as described and of delivering the expected responses or results?
  • Neglect: What is the probability that this project could be funded by another organization, without reducing its value for the welfare of wild animals?
  • Research Ethics: How likely is carrying out this project to harm non-human animals or people?
  • Profitability: Given two projects of roughly equal overall merit (considering the above criteria), Wild Animal Initiative will give preference to the one with the lowest budget.

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