Friedman Cheetah Conservation Grants Program

The Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies and Panthera partnered in 2014 to launch the Cheetah Conservation Grants Program, which supports in situ conservation projects on cheetahs with one-year grants for up to $15,000. Awards may be extended to subsequent years, contingent upon performance and results. There will be only one Friedman Cheetah Conservation Grants cycle each year. The 2014 round is closed; we will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry and renewal applications on January 15, 2015.


Applications may be made by individuals or institutions. Individuals should have at least a BSc or the equivalent, and preference will be given to graduate students and early career conservationists. In the case of institutions, the project leader principle investigator must be identified and make the submission. Application is open to all qualified candidates but projects led by country nationals and/or in-country NGOs will be given priority.

Species and Location

The Friedman Cheetah Conservation Grants Program supports applications for in situ conservation efforts on the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) in Africa. Emphasis will be given to requests for field conservation and research activities including:

  1. Surveys of the cheetah’s range, for which there are currently very poor data. Countries of interest include, for example, Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, South Sudan, Zambia, West Africa and North Africa;
  2. Corridor delineation. We are interested in identifying and delineating important connections between known cheetah populations, including (but not limited to) conducting surveys (e.g. camera-trap, sign surveys, scat collection) and telemetry projects to discern cheetah movements between protected areas;
  3. Applying interventions that mitigate threats to cheetahs including activities which measurably reduce the persecution of cheetahs by pastoralists and poachers, the illegal trade in cheetahs, and so on.

Budget Items

The maximum allowable request is $15,000 per annum. Panthera does not support:

  • Conferences
  • Travel to scientific meetings
  • Academic exchanges
  • Legal actions
  • Overhead costs
  • Captive breeding

Panthera will consider salaries, per diems and stipends for local field personnel only. We will not fund salaries for core administrative and management personnel. Support for graduate studies (tuition, bursaries, university living costs, etc.) will not be considered by the Cheetah Conservation Grants Program.

Genetic Analysis

In partnership with the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), Panthera has developed the Global Felid Conservation Genetics Program. The program focuses on the molecular ecology of endangered felid populations and promotes, when preferable, the use of noninvasive sampling to understand genetic issues relevant to felid conservation. Applicants may apply to Panthera for genetic analysis funding, but the applicant must agree to process all genetic analysis through the AMNH. For details on the program, please visit the Global Felid Conservation Genetics Program page.

Applicants may apply to Panthera for genetic analysis funding, however, the applicant must agree to process all genetic analysis through the AMNH.

Please note that the partnership can only undertake genetic analysis for projects that include the following priority species: tiger, lion, jaguar, leopard, cougar, snow leopard, cheetah, and clouded leopard. In the case of multi-species surveys, we can identify other felids in your samples (so please send all your samples to AMNH). Panthera will ask that you provide the resulting genetic data for archiving at the AMNH under the normal terms of the data-sharing conditions we require in making grants.

Evaluation Criteria

Projects are evaluated on a competitive basis. Applications are reviewed by Panthera staff and Panthera’s Cat Advisory Council, and may also be sent for external review. Projects are evaluated on their:

  • Relevance to cheetah conservation
  • Scientific merit & value, and
  • Compatibility with Panthera’s programmatic priorities

How to Apply

The application process begins with a call for Letters of Inquiry (LOIs), opening on January 1 and due one month later. The LOI asks for the title and location of the proposed project, the target species, the project budget and the amount requested from Panthera, and an abstract of the project. Applications who submit LoIs for projects that appear to be a good fit for the program will be asked to submit a full application and supporting documents. Both LoIs and applications must be submitted through Panthera's grant management system, Foundant, accessed through the green button at the bottom of this page.

Please read all Application Instructions thoroughly before applying.

To work offline, please download the application instructions and the following templates:

Please note that these templates are only a portion of the application. In order to be considered for funding, submit a complete online application using the Click Here to Apply button.

There will be only one Friedman Cheetah Conservation Grants cycle each year. The 2015 cycle will begin on January 15, 2015, with an open request for Letters of Interest, due by February 15, 2015. The deadline for full applications will be April 15, 2015.

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