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Applications open for our Keystone Grants

21st March 2022

The SOSF Keystone Grant application for the 2023/24 funding cycle is now open, with a deadline of 16 May 2022, at 18:00 CET.

The grant is dedicated to supporting all scientists, conservationists and educators with original and innovative projects which target a clearly defined question or conservation issue.

Photo © Matthew During

The funding cycle is biennial, with the grant application window opening in even years (2022, 2024, 2026 etc.), and the grant covering the period from March 2023 to June 2024, for example. Funds are allocated on an annual basis, with the option to apply for continued funding every year. The usual project duration is limited to three years. Grants average 25,000 USD per annum.


APPLICATION WINDOW (via online form)

Stage I: from 16 March to 16 May 2022 18:00 CET
Stage II: August 2022



The Keystone Grant application process consists of a two-stage ONLINE application:
Stage I involves completing a short online form, equivalent to 4-6 pages.
Stage II, by invitation only based on the Stage I application, will involve the completion of a longer and more detailed online form, equivalent to 10-12 pages.

  1. It is the policy of the SOSF to provide, where practicable, a degree of continuing support to the projects it is funding; the leaders of such projects may be invited by the SOSF to complete an application for a continuation grant in the coming year.
  2. Only one application will be accepted from any one applicant.
  3. If a project leader has an SOSF Keystone Grant, he/she cannot apply for a new grant.
  4. All applications will be reviewed by the SOSF scientific committee and require final approval from the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Please read the funding guidelines carefully.

Photo © Matthew During

To apply, visit our online application portal here.


The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) is committed to protecting our oceans by funding and supporting research, conservation and education projects worldwide, focusing primarily on charismatic threatened wildlife and their habitats. Only projects concerned with marine chondrichthyan species (sharks, rays, skates, sawfishes and chimaeras) will be considered.