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Question: My research focuses on an endangered primate species. Does this mean the project qualifies for an ASP Conservation Grant?

Question: My research does not focus on an endangered species. Does this mean the project does NOT qualify for an ASP Conservation Grant?

Question: My study has already begun. Can I apply for funds to reimburse myself?

Question: My project is part of a larger, long-term study. The long-term study is well-funded, but I need additional supplies and/or personnel that are not covered in the larger program. Will an ASP Conservation Grant cover these?

Question: My project is rather small and not part of a larger or long-term project. The only funds I need would be covered entirely by an ASP Conservation Grant. Can I qualify for a grant?

Question: I understand that the application deadline is January 31, 2011. How soon will I know if I've received a grant?

Question: If I am awarded a grant, how soon can I receive the money?

Question: Which types of budget items will ASP Conservation Grants fund? What will the grants not fund?

Question: I have heard that ASP Conservation Grants cannot be used for primate censuses. Is this true?

Question: Is it permissible to apply for both the conservation and small general grants in the same year? For example, may I apply for both and withdraw the research grant application if the conservation grant were to be funded?

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Q: My research focuses on an endangered primate species. Does this mean the project qualifies for an ASP Conservation Grant?

A: Not necessarily. The ASP Conservation Grants are awarded strictly for the purpose of supporting PRIMATE CONSERVATION. Some studies of endangered species are clearly conservation-oriented, while others are not. If your project is not related to conservation, it will not be considered for funding as an ASP conservation Grant, but you are encouraged to apply to the ASP General Small Research Grants instead.

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Q. My research does not focus on an endangered species. Does this mean the project does NOT qualify for an ASP Conservation Grant?

A: Not necessarily. ASP recognizes that conservation research can and should extend to a variety of non-endangered primate taxa. If your research can contribute to the CONSERVATION of primates, then you are encouraged to apply for an ASP conservation grant.

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Q: My study has already begun. Can I apply for funds to reimburse myself?

A: No. Grants are not awarded to replenish monies already spent. If you have already started your project, the only way you are eligible for an ASP Conservation Grant is if you apply for portions of the project that will be implemented in the future.

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Q: My project is part of a larger, long-term study. The long-term study is well-funded, but I need additional supplies and/or personnel that are not covered in the larger program. Will an ASP Conservation Grant cover these?

A: Yes. We welcome applications from long-term studies that have side projects or additional needs. As long as your proposal clearly shows the value of the project to conservation, it could be eligible.

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Q: My project is rather small and not part of a larger or long-term project. The only funds I need would be covered entirely by an ASP Conservation Grant. Can I qualify for a grant?

A: Yes. It is not necessary for your project to be connected to a larger program. As long as the project is focused on conservation, is deemed feasible and of high quality, you are encouraged to apply.

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Q: I understand that the application deadline is January 31, 2011. How soon will I know if I've received a grant?

A: The ASP Conservation Committee hopes to make its final decisions on funding by late April 2011, at the latest.

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Q: If I am awarded a grant, how soon can I receive the money?

A: If you are awarded a grant, you will be given notice in late April or early May. You will be provided detailed instructions for arranging with the ASP Treasurer to receive your grant funds (either by check or bank transfer). Funds could possibly be transferred by late May. Please take this into consideration when developing your proposal.

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Q: Which types of budget items will ASP Conservation Grants fund? What will the grants not fund?

A: In general, the ASP Conservation Committee likes to see funds used for local employee salaries and support. In addition, we fund research supplies, educational material, local travel, reasonable research fees, and lab fees for samples collected in the field. We do not fund overhead to universities or salary for western researchers and only rarely pay for international travel.

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Q: I have heard that ASP Conservation Grants cannot be used for primate censuses. Is this true?

A: Not necessarily. If you are conducting a census as part of an overall conservation project that clearly details how the results will be analyzed and used to benefit conservation of the species, you are welcomed to include the census in your project. But, keep in mind that just conducting a census is not enough. As with any proposal, you must show how your project will lead to the conservation of primate species and/or preservation of their habitat.

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Q: Is it permissible to apply for both the conservation and small general grants in the same year? For example, may I apply for both and withdraw the research grant application if the conservation grant were to be funded?

A: Applicants may not submit duplicate, or essentially similar, grant applications simultaneously to the ASP Conservation and ASP Research and Development committees for review. To discuss whether a project should be submitted as a conservation or research grant, contact one of the committee chairs.


Modified: 26 September 2010

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