Ocean News

Small Grant applications open

By Lauren De Vos, 18th April 2023



In its 20th year, the Save our Seas Foundation (SOSF) is excited to be opening its annual Small Grant funding cycle for the 2024 year, and announcing a brand-new funding opportunity that will put sustainability at the heart of the conservation sector.

If you have an innovative science, conservation, or education project on any chondrichthyan (sharks, rays, skates, sawfishes, and chimaeras) species, the opening of the 2024 SOSF Small Grant applications are an exciting opportunity. The Small Grants award an average of US$5000 to early career scientists (researchers who are within five years of a degree being awarded) who are running projects that are smaller in scope and short (12 to 18 months) in duration. Only specific, and finite projects are eligible. The focus is on local projects run by local project leaders.


Stage 1 is open from 16 April 2023 to 16 June 2023. You can apply via the SOSF Application Portal here, where you will also find information on the application process and funding guidelines. If your Stage 1 application is successful, you will be invited to submit your Stage II application. Successful applications will also become eligible for the new SOSF Conservation Fellowships.

Photo © Justin Gilligan | Save Our Seas Foundation

The Save Our Seas Foundation Conservation Fellowship

The SOSF Conservation Fellowship is a new grant that will be opening soon, that provides financial support to individuals working on shark and ray projects. By supporting the living costs of grantees, rather than the project running costs, we hope to retain talent in the sector, and help nurture the long-term development of experience and expertise. The grant is aimed at scientists that are at the start of their careers and come from regions where the resources needed to encourage a long-lasting scientific career are limited.

  • Three fellowships are available and will be awarded once every two years.
  • One fellowship is available for Central/South America, one for Africa and one for Asia.
  • Each fellowship award is for USD 8000 per year, over a period of two years.

Photo © Justin Gilligan | Save Our Seas Foundation

To be considered eligible for this award, you must live and work in a developing country as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). You must be actively working on a shark or ray conservation project in your region, and have previously received SOSF funding less than five years before applying for the Conservation Fellowship.

Eligible candidates will receive details on how to apply in due course.