Understanding venomous reptiles, their ecology, and how humans interact with them, is important for informing our team on ways to plan and conserve rattlesnakes. Rattlesnake research is one of the most underfunded fields in science. To assist researchers in their quest to study rattlesnakes and other venomous reptiles in the wild, The Rattlesnake Conservancy formed a grant program that focuses on research that provides real on-the-ground conservation outcomes.
In 2019, we are kicking off our first year of funding projects up to $5,000. These grant funds may be split between several projects or awarded to a single research project that provides information that helps us better conserve rattlesnakes.
"The rattlesnake’s eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids. She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance. She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. As if anxious to prevent all pretensions of quarrelling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenseless animal; and even when those weapons are shewn and extended for her defence, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal. Conscious of this, she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her. - Benjamin Franklin
Venomous Reptile Research Grant Program
Consistent with our mission “To conserve rattlesnakes, and their habitat, through research and education”.
Project located in North or South America.
Must involve research of venomous reptiles or anthropogenic factors impacting rattlesnakes.
Cannot be solely focused on venom toxinology, or genomics research (unless informing a larger conservation program).
Social research involving human perceptions, human wildlife conflict mitigation, or evaluating the efficacy of education programs and strategies may be supported if there is a conservation management goal, or intent to improve education strategies or goals for venomous snakes. Projects in this category should lead to quantitative results, and not just be focused on education program development.
Does not involve euthanasia of rattlesnakes, unless specifically focused on disease transmission and general accepted methodology requires euthanasia for testing.
Must obtain all legal federal and state permits
Prospective grant recipients are encouraged to apply early in the planning stage of research projects. Our research committee will evaluate projects based on the following criteria, with priority given to projects that provide critical information to conservation of rattlesnake species, although other venomous reptile research may also be considered.
Covered costs for grants can be used for equipment, software, supplies, veterinary procedures, and travel.
Grants will be decided on an annual basis by May 31st of each year. Applications for research grants should be submitted by May 1, but will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year for consideration.
Submit grant applications and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Grant applications open March 1st. Applications are due by May 1, 2019. Grant recipients will be notified by May 31.