OSME Conservation and Research Fund: Supporting Globally Threatened Species and Habitats!


Deadline: 31 May 2016

The Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME) is currently inviting applications for its Conservation and Research Fund with an aim to support projects benefiting species and habitats, especially Globally Threatened and Near Threatened birds, and sites important for bird conservation (Important Bird Areas – IBAs) in the OSME region.

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Areas of Interest

  • Investigating the status of Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable or Near-threatened bird species
  • Attempting to further the knowledge of existing IBAs, for example by undertaking breeding censuses and conducting systematic counts
  • Investigating potential new IBAs or ornithological little known areas
  • Conducting ecological studies of little-known species
  • Studies related to illegal bird killing and unsustainable hunting
  • Educational programmes

Funding Information

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There is no maximum limit to the value of grant awarded but most average £1000 to £2,000. Ideally, the funding should be for the whole of the project, a discrete section, or major part of it and applicants must state if funding is being received or sought from elsewhere.

Eligibility Criteria

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Priority will be given to projects:

  • Initiated and carried out by nationals of OSME region countries,
  • Carried out in collaboration with OSME region nationals,
  • Include a strong educational element, pro-actively engaging local communities
  • Include an element of long-term sustainability of the project, such as training of local counterparts

How to Apply

All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by email in English using the application form given on the website.

Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Gaza Strip, Georgia, Iran, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan,  West Bank, Yemen.

For more information, please visit Conservation and Research Fund.

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