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Request for Research Proposals

The 2011 grants will be directed to encourage student participation in the Society for Marine Mammology's Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. Please see student travel grant guidelines.

Note: The Request for research proposals is currently closed. The following has been retained for reference.

The American Cetacean Society (ACS), the oldest whale and dolphin conservation organization (est. 1967) protects whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats and ecosystems through public education, research grants, and conservation actions. ACS has supported worthwhile research projects in past years and continues to do so today.


The individual conducting the research must submit the proposal, in addition to a CV. Project Managers or Principal Investigators will oversee all fieldwork. Applicants must have obtained any necessary permits or authorizations for conducting the proposed research prior to any awards being disbursed.

This grant is available to undergraduate students currently enrolled in a college or university and graduate students currently enrolled in, or accepted to, a masters or doctorate program who meet the evaluation criteria. The research must be conducted within the waters of Oregon, Washington State or British Columbia (Salish Sea). Researchers of any nationality are eligible to apply.

Proposals will be accepted through 30 MARCH 2008, and letters of acceptance or denial will be issued no later than 30 APRIL 2008.


The grant awards will be available on 15 MAY 2008. Funding for this year's grant has been generously provided by the Whale Watch Operators Association Northwest (WWOANW) and from the following whale-watch operators: Prince of Whales, Springtide Charters, and San Juan Safaris.


Please review our Proposal Guide for a full description of the guidelines for the research proposal and review process.

Expected Deliverables

There is no deadline for the completion of work; however, a brief report describing the progress/status of the research should be presented to ACS/PS no later than one (1) year after receipt of funds. This report will be featured in a future issue of our chapter newsletter, Whulj. In addition, the grant recipients are invited to present a talk for our Speaker Series.

Contact Information

For submission of proposals or requests for information, please contact:

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