Amphibian Survival Alliance Infectious Disease Mitigation

Please note that the deadline to apply to the current ASA Disease Mitigation Grants call has been extended and the criteria expanded.

Infectious diseases are considered one of the leading threats to amphibians around the world, causing population declines and extinctions even in relatively pristine areas. Today, despite decades of research, there are still very few tools available for conservation practitioners to deal with the disease when it arrives in susceptible populations. Therefore, there is an urgent need for the development of effective strategies to address and combat these threats. The Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), with the support of Synchronicity Earth’s Amphibian Endowment Fund, founded in honour of Dr. George Rabb, aims to fund projects on disease mitigation that seeks to tackle this conservation challenge through science, policy and effective collaborations across disciplines.

Grant Criteria:

ASA Infectious Disease Mitigation Grants aim to facilitate projects that have the potential to inform the development of solutions or strategies for minimizing the impacts of amphibian diseases, and that may be candidates for ongoing funding. Grants of up to US$5,000 are currently available from ASA, and are organised in collaboration with Synchronicity Earth.

In this call, ASA welcomes applications from all regions of the world. Priority may be given to projects with direct application and relevance to on-the-ground disease management, and to projects that benefit amphibian populations in lower- and middle-income countries and where the lead or co-lead of the project is an early career researcher/conservationist based in the project country, although these requirements are not mandatory. All projects will be considered for funding on their own merits.

Likewise, projects in developing countries that are led by (or integrally include) local partners will be prioritised, as will projects that focus on globally Threatened/Data Deficient amphibian species. While we appreciate efforts to keep regionally threatened but globally Near Threatened or Least Concern species common, our limited funds are restricted to projects involving species that need help at a global level. That said, projects involving local populations of species in serious decline may be considered on their own merits.

Biosecurity is of utmost importance when working with amphibians. All full proposals must demonstrate the strategies in place for preventing the spread of disease, and planning and/or conducting any necessary disease screening protocols. (See also resources developed by PARC and ARC-Trust/ZSL for recommended biosecurity standards).

Application Guidelines and Requirements:

ASA Infectious Disease Mitigation Grants are available to both organizations and individuals. Please download the Proposal Form HERE and the budget template HERE. Application forms may be completed in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese. Completed forms should be emailed to [email protected]

Application Deadline: September 30, 2022

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