Grant proposals are invited for the general ASP Research awards. ASP Research awards will be given to training initiatives, start-up funds, supplementary funding for students, and innovations in animal care and research technology. Research Award amounts range from $500 to $1500, and will be for a period of one year.
Online grant submission: Available beginning January 4, 2021. You will need to be an ASP member and login to the ASP website in order to submit your application. Instructions on how to become an ASP member can be found here.
All proposals, should be formatted using the appropriate grant application form (links below) and should include all the sections outlined in the application.
Additional sections may be included where relevant but the total narrative should not exceed 2500 words. Applicants whose projects will be conducted in the U.S. must document full approval by their Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee before funds are disbursed. Recipients of grants must agree to submit a brief annual half-page report, and a final report (not to exceed 1 single-spaced page) in a form suitable for publication in the ASP Bulletin, to the Chair of the Research and Development Committee within 6 months of completing the project. These reports should highlight the recipient’s experiences and how the funds from ASP impacted their project.
Applicants must be ASP Members at the Student Level or above. Membership in ASP for individuals from habitat or developing countries is FREE for those unable to pay dues. Please contact the ASP Treasurer for more details on complimentary membership. Please note that new and complimentary memberships can take up to a week to process.
Undergraduate and graduate student applicants must have a sponsor/mentor. The sponsor/mentor does not need to be a member of ASP, but should write one of the two letters of recommendation.
Two letters of recommendation are required (details below).
The applicant must be formally affiliated with an institution that can assure that the funds are used appropriately (e.g., Primate Center, University, Foundation or established Field Program).
Research grants should be designed to test hypotheses about the proximate and ultimate processes that influence primate behavior, social organization, development, reproduction, physiology, anatomy and/or evolution. Proposals focused purely on welfare or conservation activities are not eligible.
Merit will be the primary criteria for the consideration of each grant.
We will consider the impact that the grant will have for primates and their utility to the society (about 5% of the weighting will be given for this).
Need (i.e., can the project function without it?) will be considered — no more than 5% of the weighting will be given for need.
Whether the application is from a developing or primate range country will be used as a tie breaker. In the case of a tie, preference will go to those who have not won the award previously.
Assurance should be given that if adjunct funding critical to the overall project does not arrive, the ASP funds will only be used for the proposed project.
Field/Zoo/Laboratory applications will be treated equally.
Funds should not be used to support institutional overhead costs, build institutional infrastructure or to purchase institutional equipment that is typically provided by the sponsoring institution.
Previously awarded applicants are not eligible to apply the following year after receipt of funding.
Priority will be given to applicants who have never received an ASP Small Grant Award.
For proposals that include an (optional) education or outreach component, applicants should describe the proposed activity and also how they will evaluate the success of that activity.
If you have any questions regarding your proposal’s suitability for funding, please review the Frequently Asked Questions.
Dr. Lydia Hopper is the chair of the Research and Development Committee for 2020-2022. She can be contacted by email at email@example.com.
More information about letters of recommendation:
For an ASP general small grant you will need two letters of recommendation. At the time you submit your grant application online, 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. Your letter writers do not have to submit their letters of recommendation by the grant application deadline. However, 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 (due April 30, 2021).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ASP Conservation Committee hopes to make its final decisions on funding by early May, at the latest.
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.
The ASP Research and Development Committee announces its final decisions on funding at each annual meeting. Winners are announced at the Business Meeting and at the Closing Banquet.
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.
Dr. Lydia Hopper is the chair of the ASP Research and Development Committee for 2020-2022. She can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Priority will be given to applicants who have never received an ASP Small Grant Award and previously awarded applicants are not eligible to apply the following year after receipt of funding.
AWARDS FOR 2020
Margaret Buehler, Tulane University: Subordinate males as hired guns: assessing resource, mate, and infant defense in Cebus imitator
Amanda Mancini, CUNY Graduate Center: Fine-scale assessment of black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata) population connectivity in the Ranomafana-Andringitra Corridor
John Winans, Stony Brook University: Using novel methods to discern variation in the local interaction rules: the effect of pregnancy on baboon socio-spatial behavior
AWARDS FOR 2019
Allegra DePasquale, University of Calgary — “Are diet and nutrition of wild capuchins influenced by color vision type? A test of the niche divergence hypothesis.”
Clare Kimock, New York University — “The evolution of rhesus macaque canine dimorphism.”
Allison Lau, University of California, Davis — “Coppery Titi Monkey Responses to Vocalizations of Paired and Unpaired Individuals Based on Pairing Status of Perceiver.”
AWARDS FOR 2018
Jacob Feder, Stony Brook University — “The potential benefits of older offspring on sibling development in wild geladas.”
Amanda Rowe, Stony Brook University — “Implementing molecular methods to understand ecosystem energy flow and nutritional ecology of mouse lemurs for optimized management strategies in Ranomafana National Park and Isalo National Park, Madagascar.”
Morgan Chaney, Kent State University — “Interrogating expression levels of cyanide-detoxifying enzymes in the liver of Hapalemur griseus.”
Adam Pope, Northern Illinois University — “Evaluating the kin selection hypothesis of cooperative infant care in male tamarins (Leontocebus weddelli).”
Brett Frye, Clemson University — “Prenatal androgen exposure in captive female callitrichine primates: immediate and prolonged effects on morphology, physiology, and behavior” $1,250
Efstathia Robakis, Washington University in St. Louis — “Vocal sexual signals and reproductive isolation in sympatric tamarins” $1,250
Sandra Winters, New York University — “Guenon face patterns and the maintenance of primate reproductive isolation” $1,250
Erica Dunayer, SUNY at Buffalo — “Grooming exchange: Modes of cooperation among rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) on Cayo Santiago” $1,250
Cassandra Mitchell, Washington University at St. Louis — “Allele frequencies and chimerism in the polymorphic opsin alleles in saddle-back tamarins (Saguinus fuscicollis) and emperor tamarins (Saguinus imperator)” $500
Fernando Campos, University of Calgary – “Dynamics of population growth by white-faced capuchins, Cebus capucinus, in a regenerating landscape” $1500
Lisa Danish, Rutgers University – “Alternative Mating Strategies of Male Olive Baboons, Papio hamadryas anubis” $1449
Ipek Kulahci, Princeton University – “”Information acquision and spread across social networks of ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta)” $1500
Krista Milich, University of Illinois – “Forest Degradation and Reproductive Function in the Female Red Colobus Monkey (Procolobus rufomitratus) of Kibale National Park, Uganda” $1480
Guillaume Pages, University of Texas San Antonio – “A Nutritional and Mechanical Analysis of Fallback Foods in the Diet of the Sanje Mangabey (Cercocebus sanjei) in a Seasonal Environment, Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania” $1450
Benjamin Ragen, University of California at Davis – “Opioid Modulation of Social Attachment and the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis in a Monogamous Primate (Callicebus cupreus)” $1500
Vivek Venkataraman, Stony Brook University – “Mixed species associations between gelada baboons (Theropithecus gelada) and Ethiopian wolves (Canis simensis) on the Guassa Plateau, Northern Ethiopia” $1200
Jessica Walz, Ohio State University – “Assessing female mate choice according to male quality and conception probability in olive baboons (Papio anubis)” $1420
Anna Weyher, Washington University in St. Louis – “Behavior and Friendship in the Little-known Kinda Baboon” $1500
Elsa Addessi, CNR, Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione (ISTC-CNR), Rome – “Intertemporal choices for primary and secondary rewards: how capuchin monkeys and humans discount time with food and tokens” $1475
Melanie Beuerlein, Yale University – “The Aging Male Chimpanzee: Investigating Changes in Reproductive Effort and Endocrine Physiology” $1500
Sharon Kessler, Arizona State University – “Using living mouse lemurs to model the origins of primate sociality: Do mouse lemurs use vocalizations as a mechanism for recognizing kin and forming social groups?” $1500
Marni LaFleur, University of Colorado Boulder – “Ecology of ringtailed lemurs (Lemur catta) at Tsimanampetsotsa National Park, Madagascar” $1500
Mark Laidre, Princeton University – “Testing tool-use abilities in mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx)” $1500
Amy Porter, University of California at Davis – “Effects of Ornate Hawk Eagle (Spizaetus ornatus) Predation on Small-Bodied Primates in a Peruvian Rainforest” $1500
Luca Pozzi, New York University – “Molecular systematics and pattern of speciation in cryptic nocturnal primates (Genus galagoides) in eastern Africa.” $1494
Laurie Reitsema, The Ohio State University – “The Isotopic Meanings of Weaning: A New Method For Determining Age of Weaning Among Primates” $1500
Adam Smith, University of Nebraska at Omaha – “The role of oxytocin in the social regulation of stress reactivity in marmosets, Callithrix penicillata.” $750