Ocean News

Keystone Grants applications are open

13th March 2024

Calling shark and ray researchers, conservationists and educators tackling pressing ocean conservation issues: the SOSF Keystone Grant application process for the 2025/26 funding cycle is now open. The Stage I deadline is 3 May 2024 at 18:00 CET.

Our Keystone Grants are dedicated to supporting all marine scientists, conservationists and educators with innovative projects that target a clearly defined question or are working on conservation issues pertaining to sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras.

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 2025 to June 2026, 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.

Photo by Dillys Pouponeau | © Save Our Seas Foundation



Stage I: 13 March to 3 May 2024 18:00 CET
Stage II: June 2024




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.

Photo © Sebastian Staines

  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, they 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.

To apply, visit our online application portal here.

Photo © Sebastian Staines

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.