A Call for Grant Proposals: The Christine Stevens Wildlife Awards

April 18, 2012 is the deadline to apply for grants toward the development of innovative strategies for humane, non-lethal wildlife management and non-invasive scientific research.

AWI is now accepting applications for its 2012 Christine Stevens Wildlife Awards. This award program, named in honor of the organization’s late founder and president, provides grants of up to $10,000 to help spur innovative and creative research on humane, non-lethal tools and techniques for wildlife conflict management and the scientific study of wild species in North America.

Habitat destruction and degradation, urban and suburban sprawl, and ongoing challenges posed by invasive species make conflicts between wildlife and humans inevitable. Homeowners, property managers, and biologists need effective, non-lethal, and humane strategies to deal with conflicts - whether the encounter involves coyotes, deer, Canada geese, bears, introduced species, or a host of other animals. Though humane techniques have been developed to address some situations, more are needed. Scientists and animals would also benefit from the development of noninvasive methods that facilitate more efficient and effective studies of wild species.

The Christine Stevens Wildlife Awards were created to stimulate and support efforts to devise new techniques and strategies, test existing products, and develop educational tools, for the purpose of humanely defusing wildlife conflicts and establishing non-invasive wildlife research methodologies. With this award program we aim to honor Mrs. Stevens’ legacy and inspire a new generation of compassionate wildlife scientists, managers and advocates.

For an online application form, as well as detailed application requirements, examples of successful applications, and AWI Quarterly articles written by past recipients, visit the AWI website at: www.awionline.org/csaward. Applicants must be based in North America and the proposed study must pertain to wildlife in North America. Only fully completed applications meeting these criteria and submitted online by the deadline will be considered.