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FAQ for ASP Small Grants



Question: I am doing a conservation-related project. Can I apply for an ASP general small grant?

Question: How do I get an ASP sponsor?

Question: Do I need recommendation letters?

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 General Small 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 General Small Grant. Can I qualify for a grant?

Question: I understand that the application deadline is 15 June 2011. How soon will I know if I've received a grant?

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

Question: Who can I contact for more information on the ASP Small Grant program?

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: I am doing a conservation-related project. Can I apply for an ASP general small grant?

A: If your project focuses primarily on conservation, you should apply for a conservation grant, NOT a general small grant. Research grants should be designed to test hypotheses about the proximate and ultimate processes that influence primate behavior, social organization, development, reproduction, welfare, physiology, anatomy and/or evolution.

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Q. How do I get an ASP sponsor?

A: If you are an ASP full member, an ASP student member, or an ASP emeritus member, you can act as your own sponsor. If you are a NON-member, you must have either a FULL member or an EMERITUS member as your sponsor. All you need from them is their email address (to put in the online application system). The online application system will email them with instructions on how to endorse your application.

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Q: Do I need recommendation letters?

A: Yes, for an ASP general small grant you will need two letters of recommendation. The online system will request the email addresses of your two letter-writers, and automatically email them with instructions on how to submit their letters. To ensure that the letters are received in time for review, referees should submit their letters no later than 2 weeks after the grant application deadline.

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

A: In general, ASP only grants funds for projects still to take place. However, if there are fees that can be paid at the end of a field season after your grant is awarded (station fees etc.), that is an allowable use of funds.

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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 General Small 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 primate research, 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 General Small 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 primate research, is deemed feasible and of high quality, you are encouraged to apply.

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Q: I understand that the application deadline is 15 June 2011. How soon will I know if I've received a grant?

A: The ASP Research and Development Committee will make its final decisions on funding at the next annual meeting in 2011. The winners will be announced at that time.

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

A: In general, the ASP General Small grants can be used for research supplies, travel for research purposes, living costs while in the field, field assistance, etc. We do not fund overhead to universities, travel to scientific meetings, or equipment that should be available through the applicant’s institution.

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Q: Who can I contact for more information on the ASP Small Grant program?

A: Dr. Kai McCormack and Dr. Erin Kinnally are the co-chairs of the ASP Research and Development Committee for 2010 - 2012. The can be contacted by email at and

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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: 5 July 2010

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