The society provides a wide variety of grants and awards. These support conservation and other primatological research projects, recognize senior levels of service and achievement in pursuit of the society’s aims, and reward promising new primatologists.
Grant proposals are invited for either captive or wild primate-oriented research projects. Preference is given to research projects with clear testable hypotheses that will add to the general knowledge in primatology not related to conservation or conservation education (see Conservation Awards and Grants). Applications for start-up funds, supplementary funding for students, and innovations in animal care and research technology are welcome. Award amounts range from $500 to $1500, and are funded out of ASP’s general fund as an ongoing commitment to research and developing young investigators. The deadline for applications in 2023 is TBD.
Funded from the ASP Conservation Fund, these are a mechanism to recognize deserving colleagues and students, especially those from primate habitat countries – countries with native primate fauna – for whom the prestige of an ASP award or grant can be a valuable aid to the recipient’s conservation efforts.
In 2022, ASP, in partnership with Re:wild, will provide small grants of up to $5,000 for habitat country students, researchers and communities to study and conserve primates and their habitats. The “Saving Primates Where They Live” grant is supported by funds from Re:wild and crowdsourced funds raised by the American Society of Primatologists Conservation Committee. Grant applications will be reviewed by a joint committee from Re:wild and members of the ASP Conservation Committee.
The Society provides awards to those within primatology who have made extensive and significant contributions. The Distinguished Primatologist Award honors an outstanding career and significant contributions. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes long-term service to the Society. The Senior Research Award honors significant research contributions supporting or enhancing scientific knowledge in primatology by individuals who have not received the highest degree offered in their field. The President’s Award is given to individuals or to organizations that have made unique and exceptional contributions to primatology.
This award, in memorial of Gerald C. Ruppenthal, is designed to help students who would otherwise not be able to attend the annual meeting of the ASP. Latin American students are especially encouraged to apply, as one travel award per year will be specifically designated for a student enrolled at a college and/or university from this region.
This award, in memorial of Steve Ross, is designed to help students, researchers, and animal care specialists who would otherwise not be able to attend the meeting. Those working in a zoological or sanctuary setting are encouraged to apply. The study to be presented should focus on animal welfare and improving the lives of primates in a zoo or sanctuary setting.
Student prize awards are awarded by the ASP Education Committee for the best oral paper and poster paper presentations at the ASP’s annual meeting.
The Primate Care Committee (PCC) annually awards one prize to an outstanding oral presentation or poster presentation given at the annual ASP Meetings. This award is intended to recognize high quality research that directly and significantly enhances the welfare and/or psychological well-being of captive nonhuman primates, or for research that provides a better understanding of the welfare of captive nonhuman primates.
Funding for the ASP Melinda Novak Primate Welfare Grant will be awarded to research projects designed to improve the lives of nonhuman primates in any setting (captive, semi-free ranging, and wild) which are highly impactful and innovative.
In recognition of the role that the Society has played in career development, a fund has been established to facilitate interdisciplinary training for an ‘early-career’ professional in primatology. The intent of the award is to provide for a period of short-term training in a discipline, or development of a skill-set, that is outside the recipient’s area of expertise, but will add to the ability of the recipient to make unique contributions to primate research or to the agencies and organizations that affect primate research.