ARC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that assists in and develops amphibian and reptile conservation projects and partner efforts that support the mission and goals of PARC. PARC designated 2012 as the Year of the Lizard – the status of lizards and current threats were assessed, and newsletters were produced bimonthly to promote the conservation of these species and their habitats. All of this information is available at http://www.yearofthelizard.org. As part of this campaign, PARC also created a diverse array of lizard-themed products sold through PARC’s online store. This one-time grant is made possible through funds generated from the sale of such items during the 2012 Year of the Lizard campaign, as well as a match provided by ARC.
The purpose of this award is to: 1) support college-level student conservation efforts with direct ties to lizards and their habitats in the US; 2) promote the dissemination of information that will advance lizard conservation efforts; and 3) for PARC to acknowledge our young leaders in lizard conservation.
The submission should directly address how the proposed project will benefit or contribute to long-term conservation of lizards and/or their habitats native to the United States.
Funds are available in the amount of $1,000 for ONE proposal that best addresses the long-term conservation of lizards through clearly identified and measureable goals, objectives and methods.
Students (undergraduate or graduate) that are currently completing a conservation project focusing on lizard species and/or their habitats native to the United States are eligible.
Expenses that are eligible for funding include any of the following OR a combination thereof: 1) Travel expenses (e.g., mileage, airfare) associated with data collection, education outreach or another lizard conservation project; 2) Equipment or materials necessary for data collection or conducting education outreach; or 3) Expenses for services related to lab work associated with a research project (e.g., genetic analyses, stable isotope analyses) or related to the development and/or printing of education outreach materials that are directly related to lizard conservation. The Conservation Grant’s preference is to fund expenses related to on-the-ground or direct conservation actions.
Funds may NOT be used to provide personal salaries, or those for research assistants, to cover personal expenses, for overhead or indirect costs, or for tuition fees.
Submitted proposal narrative must be typed in 12 point font with 1” margins and should not exceed 1,000 words (excluding the title page, literature cited section, one page CV, and budget). Any portion of the proposal narrative exceeding 1,000 words will not be reviewed. Proposals should be saved and compiled into one PDF document and submitted electronically as an e-mail attachment. Submit final proposals and any questions regarding the application procedure to Polly Conrad (
Proposal must include each of the following components:
Note: the entire application package should be in 12 point font with 1” margins.
1) TITLE PAGE (including all of the following details)
Student Name, Area of Study and Current Status (i.e., undergraduate, Master’s, or Ph.D. candidate)
Mailing Address, Phone Number, E-mail Address
2) PROJECT NARRATIVE (Not to exceed 1,000 words)
INTRODUCTION - Includes relevant background, conservation need and clearly identified and measureable goals and objectives
PROPOSED METHODS -Includes details that relate to the methodology involved in the conservation project as well as a timeline for completion of the project
RESULTS OR EXPECTED RESULTS - Includes a brief summary of the preliminary results the applicant has gathered if the conservation project is ongoing, or a list of expected results if the project is proposed.
CONSERVATION IMPLICATIONS - Summarize how the proposed project will directly benefit the long-term conservation of lizard species and/or their habitats. Be sure to make a direct connection as to how your proposed conservation work will address one or more specific conservation needs.
3) PROJECT BUDGET (Present in a table format, not to exceed one page) - Includes estimates for all project expenses with clear indication for the specific expenses this award would help cover. Include a total project budget and what other funding sources contribute to this project, and whether those funds have been received or are pending. While match is not required, providing match will strengthen your proposal. Please indicate match amounts provided clearly.
4) BRIEF CV (not to exceed one page) for the applicant that summarizes relevant research and employment experience, awards, publications, etc.
5) LETTER OF SUPPORT (not to exceed one page) from the applicant’s advisor, signed and on the appropriate letterhead, which will also serve as proof of enrollment at an accredited institution and degree program. Electronic signatures or scanned images are acceptable.
6) PROJECT FIGURES (optional, not to exceed 2 figures on 1 page) can include photos, maps, or other figures to help supplement the project narrative.
All proposals must be submitted by no later than midnight EST on 30 November 2013 to be considered. The recipient of the award is expected to be announced in early 2014, pending panel review and approval.
Successful applicant will be required to:
Sign the following statements:
I authorize PARC and ARC to release my name as the award recipient.
I grant PARC and ARC authorization to use my photos and project reports on their website to publicize the Year of the Lizard Conservation Grant Award.
I will comply with applicable permit regulations and will adhere to animal care and use guidelines approved by my University during the course of conducting any aspect of the funded research.
Within 30 days of project completion or 1 year from the receipt of grant funds, whichever is sooner, I will provide a brief summary of the funded research for promotional uses on website, newsletter, Facebook, listserv and/or other similar PARC and/or ARC media. The grant report will include an introduction, methods, results and conservation implications section, along with relevant literature cited, tables and figures.
I will provide at least 5 photographs (with photo captions) of the fieldwork, study species and/or student for use in promotional materials describing the project.
While it is not required, we strongly encourage the award recipient to attend and present his or her project at a regional PARC meeting. For more information on PARC’s regions, please visit http://www.parcplace.org/locate.html
Include “Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy Year of the Lizard Conservation Grant” in any acknowledgements for papers, talks or posters. Upon contact, we can provide the appropriate logos for these uses.
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