2018-2019 Science Grant Proposals Period Opens

The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (SCCi) announces that the Annual Science Awards program to help fund scientific and conservation research projects on SCCi preserves is now soliciting grant proposals for 2018-19.  As the nation’s largest and most successful land conservancy solely devoted to acquiring and protecting caves, SCCi understands that scientific research must be part of our mission. We firmly believe that research is essential to conserving karst resources and it is a foundation upon which good stewardship must depend.

We aim to have a well-rounded research program with focus mainly towards cave/karst topics in geology, geochemistry, hydrology, biology, environmental science and archaeology.  SCCi currently protects 171 caves on 31 preserves in 6 states.  Any one of these would be worthy of various types of scientific investigations.

SCCi is now accepting grant proposals from non-profit caving groups, independent scientists, university/college faculty members, and undergraduate-graduate students for conducting research projects at SCCi properties, beginning in the Fall of 2018.  Funds can only be given to a not-for-profit organization or educational institution. For this year, there are as many as 3 grants of up to $1,500 each for (1) geology, geochemistry, or hydrology, (2) biology (zoology and botany) and (3) environmental/archaeological projects.

All proposals must be submitted using the SCCi research proposal online.  The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2018. A team of reviewers will evaluate all proposals and base their decisions on scientific merit.  Decisions will be announced by November 15, 2018. Awardees from the previous year are not eligible.  Results from the research must be submitted to SCCi as brief quarterly reports followed by a final written report or thesis.  We encourage publishing in scientific journals but SCCi reserves the right to review each report for approval/disapproval prior to publishing.

To submit a grant request visit https://permits.scci.org/annual-science-awards. You must register to complete a grant request. For more information email robert.handford@scci.org