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 Sea Turtle Conservation Fall 2013 Request for Proposals

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is soliciting conservation grant proposals for sea turtle research and conservation. 


All persons, organizations, and agencies (excluding U.S. Federal Government) working on projects to increase the populations of North Atlantic leatherbacks and loggerheads, Caribbean hawksbills, East Pacific leatherbacks, hawksbills and loggerheads.  Applications for funding for land or easement acquisition, political advocacy, lobbying, or litigation will not be considered.

Proposal Topics

The most competitive projects under the Fall 2013 cycle of the Sea Turtle Conservation Fund will directly implement projects under the following priority topic areas.  Projects outside of these priority areas or that indirectly influence these topics are still eligible for funding provided they support the goals and objectives as outlined in the Sea Turtle Conservation Business Plan, the Caribbean Hawksbill Investment Strategy, or the Eastern Pacific Leatherback Investment Strategy.

  1. Northwest Atlantic Loggerhead Bycatch Mitigation: The objective for this priority is to reduce the incidental capture and mortality of loggerheads from the NW Atlantic Regional Management Unit.  Pre-proposals submitted under this priority should demonstrate the current state of knowledge on the rate of bycatch for the target fishery, the estimated number of fishers in the fishery and the anticipated impact of the project to reduce this rate or reach this target audience if funded. 

  2. Caribbean Hawksbill Bycatch Assessment and Mitigation: The objectives for this priority are to provide a quantitative assessment of bycatch from set nets in the recently identified bycatch hotspots and to begin to reduce bycatch from set nets at these locations.  Competitive projects will combine mitigation efforts with research and assessment efforts to avoid delays in addressing the problem while research is conducted.  Priority geography: Jaragua and Saona Islands, Dominican Republic. 

  3. Caribbean Hawksbill Nesting Productivity Assessment: The objective of this priority is to quantify key threats on the top producing nesting beaches for the Caribbean hawksbill population.  Applicants interested in this priority are encouraged to contact the Foundation for more information.  Priority geographies: High producing beaches in Barbados.  

  4. EP Leatherback Assessment and Evaluation Products: The objective for this priority is to establish standardized and coordinated reporting of data collected for bycatch assessments and nesting beach monitoring in a common database so that specific products for assessment and evaluation can be established for the management unit.  Specifically, NFWF is interested in a catalog of primary (> 20 nesting females per year) and secondary beaches (between 5-20 nesting females per year), including annual abundance, key threats and degree of protection and a regional monitoring system of hatching success and influential environmental factors (e.g., beach and nest temperatures, beach dynamics, etc.) for all primary beaches and five secondary beaches.  Similar products should also be established for bycatch assessment and mitigation efforts that are recently underway so that the full community can benefit from increased knowledge on this threat.

Grant Size

The majority of awards under this program will fall in the range of $25,000 to $150,000. However upper or lower limits to award size are not specified.  A minimum of a 1:1 match of cash or in-kind services is required.

Grant Period

Projects may extend from one to three years. Additional year funds are not guaranteed to be available in future years to supplement awards made as a result of this review.

Other Considerations

Selected projects may be required to submit data funded by this program to global databases and/or present their results through NFWF sponsored forums.

Application Guidelines

The following guidelines will be used by an advisory team of experts to evaluate applications requesting support from the Sea Turtle Conservation Fund.


All applicants are required to submit an on-line Pre-proposal application form for review.   As part of your on-line application you will be asked to submit a Pre-proposal Narrative in addition to general applicant information.  No additional supporting materials will be accepted during this phase of the review. Failure to follow the length and formatting guidelines will result in disqualification of the pre-proposal.

Pre-Proposal Narrative

Applicants will be asked to submit a brief proposal narrative that describes the outcomes, activities and monitoring plan of the proposed project. The document should not exceed 2 pages in length, single-spaced with 12-point type. – Downloadable template will be provided.

For additional information fields required in the Pre-proposal please go to: http://www.nfwf.org/Pages/grants/applicants.aspx.

Full Proposal (by invitation only)

A limited number of pre-proposal applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal to elaborate on their work for a second stage of review.

Application Process

Organizations interested in applying should submit a pre-proposal using NFWF’s online Easygrants system:

  1. Applicants should visit http://www.nfwf.org/easygrants and register as a new user (unless you have previously applied to NFWF in the Easygrants system) and then follow the instructions below.

  2. Applicants are encouraged to watch a recording on how to submit a pre-proposal, including tips and requirements at this link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/826184673

  3. Under “Apply for a New Grant”, click the “Start a New Application” link. Select the ‘Sea Turtle Conservation Keystone Fund – Fall 2013’ funding opportunity.

  4. Follow the instructions to complete an eligibility quiz and, if deemed eligible, a pre-proposal link will appear on the left-hand side under “To Do – Application” task bar for you to enter and complete a pre-proposal application.

Pre-proposals must be submitted via the Foundation's online system, in English, and received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on June 14, 2013. Upon receipt and competitive evaluation of the pre-proposal, the Foundation will invite successful applicants to submit a full proposal. Pre-proposal applicants will be notified in July as to the status of their submission in time for full proposals (by invitation only) to be submitted by August 1, 2013.  Awards for this program are scheduled to be announced in early December, 2013.

For further information on the program or completing the application, please contact Michelle Pico (at 262-567-0601 or pico@nfwf.org).