The Department of the Interior and Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking applications for the Great Ape Conservation Fund to support conservation programs in countries within their ranges and the projects of persons and organizations with demonstrated expertise in ape conservation.
- Site-based conservation of western chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus), eastern chimpanzees (P. t. schweinfurthii), and Cross River gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli): The collective range of the nine recognized taxa of great apes nearly spans the African continent West to East. Under this NOFO, the Service’s African Great Ape Conservation Fund is soliciting projects involving site- or place-based conservation actions to address threats to western chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus), eastern chimpanzees (P. t. schweinfurthii), and Cross River gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli). Preference will be given to projects addressing conservation of these taxa in the following geographic priorities, chosen for their populations, size and intactness of the habitat, existing effective conservation activities, and potential for good governance:
- Applied research on zoonotic disease threats to wild African great apes: Infectious disease poses a threat to all great ape taxa. Under this NOFO, the Service’s Great Ape Conservation Fund is also soliciting proposals for projects addressing infectious disease threats to wild great apes throughout their range in Africa. Proposal objectives should align with one or more of the desired results identified below:
- Quantifying and/or mitigating the impact of a disease on ape populations; Identify an etiology for a syndrome or disease;
- Improved understanding of the ecology of infectious disease(s), including those of human origin;
- Develop novel approaches to disease monitoring; and
- Improved capacity of African nationals to address disease threats
- Estimated Total Funding: $ 2,250,000
- Site-based conservation of western chimpanzees, eastern chimpanzees, and Cross River gorillas: Grant range of $100,000 to $150,000 USD per year
- Applied research on zoonotic disease threats to wild African great apes: Grant range of $50,000 to $100,000 USD per year
- Expected Award Date: November 15, 2021
- Applicants can be individuals, multi-national secretariats, foreign national and local government agencies, non-profit non-governmental organizations, for-profit organizations, public and private institutions of higher education, U.S. territorial governments, and Tribes and Tribal organizations.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334028