Deadline: 14 July 2017
The Pro Natura Foundation Japan (PNFJ) is currently inviting applications for the 28th edition of its Pro Natura Fund Overseas Grant Programme 2017 to support investigation and research aiming at conservation of ecosystem, and education and enlightenment activities aiming at the improvement of conservation awareness, in areas other than Japan. The project needs to contribute to local nature conservation.
The programme is focused on the scientific research and enlightening activities concerning the conservation of biodiversity and the relationship between human and the environment.
Projects that are qualified to be granted by the Pro Natura Fund include:
- Research projects such as;
- Biological, ecological, geomorphological, hydrological, or meteorological study focusing on local nature conservation.
- Environmental study for the purpose of conservation on land area such as forest, and aquatic area such as tidal flat, seaweed bed and estuary.
- Investigation on endangered animal and plant species.
- Investigation on introduced or invasive species.
- Study which aims to solve nature conservation issues occurring today.
- The development of research method which contributes to solve nature conservation issues.
- Activity projects such as;
- The protection of wild animal and plant species, ecosystem, geological features or hydrological environment.
- The promotion of conservational and environmental education and the enlightenment of nature conservation thought.
- The publication/production of booklets, books and image contents which appeal to the public about nature conservation.
- The holding of symposium, seminar or events which appeal to the public about nature conservation.
- The combination of 1st and 2nd.
- The maximum limit of fund per project is 1,500,000 YEN.
- The total amount of remittance is likely to change depending on the current exchange rate.
The grant is applicable for groups only. The applicant group needs to meet the following criteria:
- The applicant group must be capable of doing research and/or conservation activities in a local field.
- The applicant group should have an excellent achievement in the field of nature conservation and/or environmental education.
- The applicant group must include a project leader, a sub-leader, and an accountant.
- The representative applicant (project leader should live in the country where the project will be implemented, and should have a deep understanding of the field and the community in the area. A person living in Japan can be a group member, but cannot be the representative applicant.
All projects to be granted must satisfy the following requirements:
- The research should contribute to the conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources.
- Outcome of the project should be published effectively in the countries concerned and should not bring any benefit or disadvantage to specific political parties, religions, races, tribes, social hierarchy, etc.
- Project results should not be used to secure profits for commercial purposes.
- Accounting procedures must be properly carried out and accurately reported to the secretariat of PNFJ.
- The grantee must respond quickly when PNFJ asked about the status of project implementation.
- Project proposals should not be made simultaneously to any other organizations in Japan.
How to Apply
Interested applicants must download the application via given website.
For more information, please visit Pro Natura Fund.