Conservation Grants

A major role of the CWP is to administer the PSGB Conservation Grants.  The deadline for grant applications in 28th February each year.

Grants are given only to PSGB members and non-human primate range state nationals

These small grants (generally less than £1000) support:

  • Projects that address known threats to primate populations, or known constraints on population recovery;
  • Projects that shift incentives in support of conservation (e.g. training; education and awareness-raising; compensation schemes; policy influence);
  • Surveys that will direct conservation effort to important locations;conservation education relevant to primates;
  • Other research of direct benefit to primate conservation.

Although the financial value of these grants is quite small, this money can make a large difference in local currencies and PSGB Conservation Grants often act as seed money, encouraging others to fund PSGB-supported projects.

In addition, PSGB, through CWP, awards funds from other organisations or individuals:

Born Free Foundation - CWP also manages a grant of £1500 from the Born Free Foundation. This grant is mostly targeted at projects which support a primate range-state national, working in the field on a project involving endangered primates or human/non-human primate conflict resolution. Applicants for this grant apply as for a PSGB grant, through the same channels, and any project selected by members of the Conservation Working Party as being suitable for BFF will be passed to BFF for acceptance. 

This year (2021), we are extremely grateful to Kelly Stewart and Sandy Harcourt for providing an additional £1000 to build bridges for howler monkeys in Costa Rica - supporting the application of Tracie McKinney and Carolina Orozco Zamora


In April 2008, Knowsley Safari Park donated £1500 to this cause and the money was used to support two projects. In 2011, they kindly agreed to donate £750 a year for the next three years to go to an applicant selected by Conservation Working Party members, preferably for a study in Africa.  This funding ceased in 2013. In addition, through Knowsley Safari Park, in 2012 Hyundai donated £1000 as "a thank you for the help that Knowsley baboons gave during our recent vehicle test"

Ymke Warren Award  - CWP awarded an annual grant of £750 in memory of Ymke Warren who was murdered while working in Cameroon on the conservation of the critically endangered Cross River gorilla.  The grant is intended for early career gorilla researchers and conservationists from gorilla range state countries.  Anyone interested in applying for this grant should now contact The Gorilla Organisation

Cyril Rosen Award  - From 2015, Howard Rosen donated £1000 each year for five years to go to an applicant selected by the CWP.  It was donated by Howard in memory of his uncle Cyril Rosen, a long-time member of PSGB and CWP. Obituary of Cyril written by Howard Rosen.

Ardith Eudey Award: This grant was awarded in memory of Ardith Eudey who died in 2015. She contributed much to primatology, working in Asia in particular. Amongst other things, she was co-founder of the International Primate Protection League and held many positions including being Vice-chair for  the IUCN's Asia Primate Specialist Group, editor of  ASIAN PRIMATES and the compiler of the IUCN/SSC Action Plan for Asian Primate Conservation. John Oates played an important part in ensuring we had this extra funding.

Ben Garrod raisied an additional £1000 for a CWP grant by giving a talk at Chester Zoo. This was donated to us in 2019

Ben Garrod and Gillian Forrester were instrumental in providing an extra £500 for grants in 2020 through fund raising at a Me, Human event

We would like to thank all individuals and organisations for these extra funds, they are greatly appreciated.

Please do get in touch with the Convenor ( if you are able to contribute to primate conservation in this way.

Conservation Grants Awarded in 2021

Christian Howell - Applying a cross-disciplinary approach to enhance the integration of human livelihoods and the conservation of the elusive chimpanzees from Gola Rainforest National Park, Sierra Leon
Tracie McKinney and Carolina Orozco Zamora - Building wildlife bridges to reduce howler monkey (Alouatta palliata) fatalities while crossing roads (Costa Rica).
Eduardo José Pinel Ramos - How do spider monkeys modify their environment? Are they the gardeners of Mexican forests. (BFF funds)
Domenic Romanello - Protected area effectiveness: primate conservation and human well-being in Kirindy Mitea National Park, Madagascar.
Sian Waters - Increasing access to human-primate interactions research using webinars. 

Conservation Grants Awarded in 2020 

Cameroon Goodhead -  Using drones to survey wild Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) populations in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Joanne HarperSaving China’s precious gibbons: a compendium of conservation education activities and resources for schools. Grant returned as unable to travel due to Covid19. However, some of the educational material created by Jo has been delivered by the NGO Cloud Mountain Conservation during summer 2020 and will be incorporated into the general gibbon conservation education programme for 2021 to be delivered to schools in Yunnan Province. 
Zewdu KiflePrimate abundance, distribution and conservation threat assessment in the Awi Zone, Northwestern Ethiopia.
Zoe MelvinOxidative stress as a novel marker of anthropogenic disturbance in the Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Piliocolobus kirkii), Zanzibar.
Rahayu Oktaviani -  Monitoring and outreach program to conserve the endangered Javan gibbon (Hylobates moloch) in Gunung Halimun Salak National Park, Indonesia. (BFF funds). Her final report to BFF is here
Rebecca SmithParticipatory education for primate conservation in Paraguay, the forgotten heart of South America.  (Cyril Rosen Award)

Conservation Grants Awarded in 2019

Victor Beltran Frances - Population survey and human-macaque interactions in the moor macaque (Macaca maura) in Sulawesi island, Indonesia (Ardith Eudey Award) Final Report
Raimi Chabi Ota- Outreach and the development of primate tourism at the Kikélé Sacred Forest, Benin to protect the critically endangered white-thighed colobus (Awarded through PSGB from the Born Free Foundation) Final Report (abstract); Longer Final Report.
Annette Gunn - Occupancy modelling to determine abundance of nocturnal mammals and presence of golden angwantibo Arctocebus aureus and Milne-Edwards’s Potto Perodicticus edwardsi in Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve, Central African Republic. Final Report
Daniel Hending - Spatial, behavioural and physiological responses of nocturnal lemurs (Cheirogaleidae and Lepilemuridae) to habitat fragmentation in north western Madagascar and their implications for conservation action
Francesca Hoare & Kylie Sorenson - Lessons in primate pollination and seed dispersion: a cross-cultural analysis of effective conservation education learning activities and assessment (Madagascar and Java). K.Soreson: Final Report; Francesca Hoare: Final Report
James Parsons - Ranging, social and feeding behaviour of reintroduced, wild-born, captive-raised  Yucatan Howler Monkeys (Alouatta pigra) in Belize (Cyril Rosen Award). Final Report
Yeissy Sarmiento - Field surveys and environmental education for sustainable protected area management for the yellow tailed woolly monkey (Lagothrix flavicauda) and Peruvian night monkey (Aotus miconax), Peru
Gaspard Van Hamme - Community forests to conserve biodiversity and secure livelihoods: Investigation into “Hutan Adat” in Central Kalimantan. Final Report

Conservation Grants Awarded in 2018

Anne-Sophie Crunchant - Acoustically assessing apes: estimating wild chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) densities in critical, mosaic landscapes, Tanzania. (Cyril Rosen Award) Preliminary Report, Final Report, Published Paper
Alexander Hoffner -  Protecting Preuss’s red colobus (Piliocolobus preussi): promoting conservation through a multi-sited education campaign in South West Region, Cameroon. (Ardith Eudey Award) Final Report & Longer Report
Anja Hutschenreiter - Evaluating the anthropogenic impact on spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) in the inland area of the Riviera Maya, Mexico. Final Report & Longer Report
Lucy Millington -  Creating science-based conservation plans for woolly monkeys and spider monkeys in regenerating forest in Peru. 
Eric Ndayishimiye - Human wildlife conflict in golden monkeys of the Volcanoes National Park,  Rwanda. Final Report
Laura Suárez Ramirez - Population density and group structure of the endemic and critically endangered: Plecturocebus caquetensis (Family: Pitheciidae) at the Colombian Andean Piedmont. (Awarded by BFF through PSGB). Final Report

Conservation Grants Awarded in 2017

Nestor Allgas - Census of primates in the Jungle de los Monos proposed Conservation Concession, El Tambo, San Martin, Peru. Final Report, long. Final Report, short
Rio Heriniaina - Impact of edge effects on lemur communities in Madagascar's easterm rainforests. Final Report
Ramon Gorina -  The fruit of discord: Saba senegalensis use in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) and local people in the Dindefelo Community Nature Reserve (RNCD), southeastern Senegal. (Cyril Rosen Award). Final report
Gerardo Rivero - The anthropogenic impact on the Cañón del Usumacinta protected area: implications for monkey populations in Tabasco, Mexico. Final Report
David Seaman - The effect of tropical forest modification on orang-utan population density and movement. Final Report
Paul Tehoda - Status and conservation of western chimpanzee in Bia Conservation Area, southwestern Ghana. (Awarded through PSGB from BFF) Final Report

Conservation Grants Awarded in 2016

Claire Cardinal - Communicating conservation: using acoustics and education to develop understanding of endangered slow lorises Nycticebus pygmaeus and Nycticebus javanicus and gibbons Nomascus gabriellae and Hylobates moloch in Viet Nam and Java. Final Report
Regine Gross -  Implementation and evaluation of two education tools (movie screening and forum theatre) among local communities to enhance the conservation of the Critically Endangered crested macaque Macaca nigra) in North Sulawesi – Indonesia. Final Report
Alexandra Hofner - A multi-faceted analysis of Preuss’s red colobus (Procolobus pennantii preussi) density, habitat preference, and cultural significance in northern Korup National Park, Cameroon. Final Report
Nicholas James - Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys (TSNM) (Rhinopithecus avunculus) census and habitat use in the Tung Vai - Cao Ma Po - Ta Van forest, Vietnam - (Cyril Rosen Award). Final Report  Short Report
Chris Marsh - The effects of forest degradation on ranging habits, and activities of arboreal primates within Sikundur, the Gunung Leuser Ecosystem, Northern Sumatra. Final Report
Travis Steffens - Preserving fragile ecosystems through a community-based fire management program in NW Madagascar. Final Report

Conservation Grants Awarded in 2015

Mohamed Benrabah - Population survey of the Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) in Algeria (BFF). Click here for his final report.
Elena Bersacola - Seeking people-primate coexistence: primate community response to anthropogenic activities and land transformation in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. Final Report
Mariano Houngbedji - Conservation of endangered primate species of Lokoli Forest, Benin Republic (BFF). Final Report
Isabella Mandl - Nightly encounters: understanding the social system and vocal communication of the Critically Endangered Sahamalaza sportive lemur, Lepilemur sahamalazensis, in north-west Madagascar to aid conservation efforts. Final Report Paper in IJP  Paper in Primate Conservation
Sian Waters - Encouraging public participation in Barbary macaque conservation in three Moroccan cities  - (Cyril Rosen Award). Final Report
Christopher Wiggs - To what extent and under what circumstances does Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) membership and being the recipient of an official RSPO complaint contribute to forest conservation?  Final Report
The Ymke Warren Memorial Award 2015 has gone to Jaysen Brunner - Gastrointestinal parasite analysis of mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) as a conservation tool for tourism and community development in the Virunga Mountains. Final Report

Conservation Grants Awarded in 2014

Aimee Oxley - Living in the matrix: investigating the effects of human activities on the socio-ecological adaptations of the chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) in a forest-farm mosaic, Uganda. Final Report
Brenda de Groot - Tails of Cambodia: Empowering local children through education to protect Cambodia's primates Click here for her abstract.  
Inaoyom Imong - Improving protection of Cross River gorillas in the Afi Mountain, Nigeria. Click here for his final report and here for his abstract.
Lina Valencia - Effects of habitat fragmentation on movement patterns and dispersal of the endangered silvery-brown tamarin (Saguinus leucopus) in Norcasia, Colombia. Final Report
Michela Balestri - Exploring niche partioning in strepsirrhines: Lepilemur fleuretae and Avahi meridionalis in the lowland rainforest of south-eastern Madagascar. Final Report

Conservation Grants Awarded in 2013

Lucy Milington - To what extent do Geoffroys wooly monkeys (Lagothrix cana) in Manu National Park, Peru use secondary forest? Click here for her final report
Amy Clanin - Building capacity of regional coordinators and amplyfying voices of primate educators worldwide. Amy heads the Primate Education Network. Click here for her abstract.
Silvy van Kuijk - Conservation efforts for the San Martin titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe) in Ojos de Agua, Peru: Density estimates and habitat suitability modelling. Click here for her abstract

Conservation Grants Awarded in 2012

Trang Nguyen - Demographic dynamics of isolated populations of brown collared lemur in littoral forest fragments of southeastern Madagascar.  Click here for abstract.
Penny Wallace - Forest use, livelihoods and biodiversity: a case study from Phnom Kulen National Park, Cambodia.  Click here for abstract.
Joy Iliff – “Muna the Monkey” using theatre as a conservation education medium in Northern Morocco. Click here for her final report
Victor Wodi - “Tangkoko Conservation Education” Conservation education project around the Tangkoko-Duasudara Nature Reserve,Sulawesi, Indonesia. Click here for his abstract and here for his final report.    
Nachamada Geoffrey - Crop-raiding by wild vertebrates around CERCOPAN: the farmers’ perspective in Iko Esai community,Calabar,Nigeria.  Click here for the abstract
Ma. Isabel Estevez-Noboa - Conservation of the Critically Endangered brown-headed spider monkey in NW Ecuador.  NO REPORT PROVIDED and Isabel cannot be traced.

Conservation Grants Awarded in 2011

Eva Johanna Rode: Conservation of the only poisonous primates –  the Javan slow loris (Nycticebus javanicus), on West-Java, Indonesia. £645 Click here for her abstract. 
Tim Eppley: Ecological flexibility of the southern gentle lemur Hapalemur meridionalis in south-east Madagascar: Implications for conservation in a fragmented and seasonal landscape. £750 Abstract. Final Report
Ganga Ram Regmi: Estimating Group Density of Assamese macaque Macaca assamensis using Multiple Covariate Distance Sampling (MCDS) in Lower Kanchenjungha Area (LKA), Eastern Nepal. £750 Click here for abstract and here for his final report.
Tatiana Iseborn: Field survey of pygmy slow loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) and Bengal slow loris (Nycticebus bengalensis); assessment of hunting pressure and local attitudes towards the two species in Veun Sai Forests, Cambodia. £500.  Click here for abstract.
Bolhan Bodeng: Habitat Modelling and Management Strategy for Proboscis Monkey in Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo). £750 Final report available here
Rebecca Wyper: Ecological drivers of macaque (Macaca ochreata brunnescens) crop raiding in Buton, Indonesia: Human responses & implications for conservation. £500

In addition, jointly with the Captive Care Working Party, £400 was awarded to John and Margaret Cooper to assist with running two short workshops concerned with providing training to local Kenyan and Ugandan veterinarians and wildlife biologists.  They were trained in techniques that will promote the health and welfare of primates in the wild and in captivity.

Conservation Grants Awarded in 2010

Alice Martin: Exploring capacity of eco-hotels for conservation of the tufted grey langur Semnopithecus priam thersites through a study of ranging and feeding behaviour. with environmental education in Sri Lanka. Click here for abstract.
Andrea Hoing: Monitoring population trends of threatened primates on Siberut Island Indonesia.  Click here for abstract.
Gabriel Ramos-Fernandez: Shooting the documentary "Tras los ultimos primates mexicanos" (Seeking the last Mexican primates). Click here for abstract.
Kathryn Shutt: Anthropozoonosis and wildlife tourism: assessing disease risks and stress impacts of gorilla conservation via ecotourism. Click here for her abstract.  
Larry Ray Ulibarri: Conservation of the red-shanked douc on Son Tra Nature Reserve, Vietnam.  Click here for abstract.
Mbunya Francis Nkemnyui: Reconciling communities' livelihoods and conservation strategies: a case study of the proposed Bechati Gorilla Sanctuary, South West Cameroon.  Click here for abstract.
Onja H. Razafindratsima: Effects of lemur species behaviour on the distribution of their host plants. Click here for the abstract.   for abstract

Conservation Grants Awarded in 2009

Martina Anandam: Primates for posterity: an assessment of a short primate conservation education program on students aged 15-17 in the schools in Tamil Nadu. Click here for her abstract and final report
Maan Barua: Human-macaque conflict mitigation in Assam, India. Click here for his final report and here for his abstract
Ryan Covey: Comparing line-transect distance sampling and occupancy modelling for determining density and distribution of a primate community in Taï National Park, Côte d’Ivoire: Implications for future conservation efforts. Click here for his abstract and here for his final report.
Hannah Trayford: Monitoring orang-utan reintroduction in Indonesia.  Click here for abstract.
Sian Waters: Barbary Macaque Conservation in the Rif (BMCRif) - Pilot project for education and awareness raising among school age children. Click here for abstract.
Laura Alejandra Abondano Franco: Sex differences in the social behaviour of wild brown spider monkeys (Ateles hybridus) at a forest fragment of Magdalena Medio Region, Colombia. Click here for abstract.
Joana Vaz de Sousa: Ecological and social dimensions of people-wildlife interactions in southern Guinea-Bissau. Clicke here for abstract and here for final report.
Lucy d'Auvergne: Assessment of an unprotected forst corridor for the dispersal of isolated Cross River gorilla and sympatric Gulf of Guinea chimpanzee populations in south west Cameroon. Click here for abstract

Conservation Grants Awarded Prior to 2009

Details of these, by topic, can be downloaded (pdf).

Applying for funds

All PSGB members are eligible to apply for CWP grants. Follow the "conservation submissions" link on the left for guidance notes and application form.

Grants are awarded once a year. The deadline is February 28 of each year.