Barcelona Zoo Foundation launches its 2018 call for applications for grants

Last year, around 85,000 euros were earmarked for the implementation of 12 different projects

Barcelona Zoo Foundation has started the 2018 application process for grants for research and conservation projects. Through these grants, the Foundation helps promote projects that share its values of conservation, education, awareness-raising, protection and preservation of wildlife and biodiversity. Last year, 84,398 euros were allocated across three available grants: the Floquet de Neu grant, the Antoni Jonch grant and the PRIC grants.
This year marks the 14th edition of the Floquet de Nou grant, which is available for the best primate research projects. As specified in the terms and conditions, projects must align with key areas of interest - including conservation, genetics, reproduction, communication and animal welfare. The annual amount of the grant is €9000. Last year, the winning project was entitled "The study and conservation of savanna chimpanzees of the Camoé National Park (Ivory Coast)" and run by Juan M. Lapuente of the University of Würzburg (Germany).

Barcelona Zoological Park’s Research and Conservation Programme (“PRIC” in its Catalan acronym) grants are being offered for the tenth time and offer financial support to projects which, in accordance with the terms and conditions, are aligned with the main areas of research that the Foundation aims to promote. The Foundation will generally provide one third (33%) of the total annual budget for projects that are presented and approved. In 2018, nine PRIC grants were awarded for 19 applications received, to a total of €69,398.

Lastly, the Foundation also offers the opportunity of being awarded the Antoni Jonch grant - in memory of the Zoo’s Director from 1956 to 1987. This is the sixth time this grant has been awarded and, as explained under the terms and conditions, is aimed at research projects into native fauna. The €6000 annual grant, which last year was awarded to the two first-place projects: "Environmental requirements for the European polecat (Mustela putorius) to recover in Catalonia" by Salvador Salvador from the University of Girona, and “Study into the ecology of the pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) in the Girona province: characteristics of its habitat, research into the environmental requirements and location of recruitment areas" by Miquel Àngel Fuentes of the University of Girona.

Applications and project details need to be emailed in PDF format to the Barcelona Zoo Foundation: fundaciobarcelonazoo[at]bsmsa[dot]cat. The deadline for applications is 3 June 2018. For more information about these grants, please visit www.fundaciobarcelonazoo.cat


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