Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Jaguar Research Grant Program

The LCAOF Jaguar Research Grants Program is a partnership between the Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation and Panthera that supports in situ conservation projects on jaguars for up to $12,000 per year.

Species and Location

The LCAO Jaguar Research Grants are limited to conservation work and research on jaguars. Only proposals for conservation research and projects at sites within the Jaguar Conservation Units and corridors identified by Panthera will be considered. Projects that are directly related to corridor validation and conflict mitigation will be given priority.



Applications may be made by individuals or institutions. In the case of institutions, the project leader must be identified and must submit the proposal. Application is open to all qualified candidates but projects led by country nationals or in-country NGOs will be given priority. Awards are made for one year. Multi-year projects are encouraged, but renewal of funding after the first year will be decided on the basis of progress and results, as well as plans for the ongoing work. Funding for subsequent years is not guaranteed.

Budget Guidelines

Grant amounts vary: the maximum award is $12,000 per year. Preference will be given to requests for support for field conservation and research activities, including equipment, transportation, local salaries, etc.

Panthera does not support:

  • Conferences
  • Travel to scientific meetings
  • 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 generally not be considered by the Jaguar Research Grant Program. Panthera will not consider large requests for expensive first world university tuition, except in exceptional cases where the applicants are nationals from developing countries and provide convincing rationales that the institutions will provide critical graduate training that is not available in their home country.

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.

Evaluation Criteria

Projects are evaluated on a competitive basis. Letters of Inquiry and applications are reviewed by Panthera staff and Panthera’s Cat Advisory Council, and may be sent for external review. Projects are evaluated in terms of the:

  • Potential contributions to wild cat conservation
  • Scientific merit and value
  • Qualifications of the Principal Investigator

How to Apply

The application process opens with a call for Letters of Inquiry (LOIs). 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. Applicants who submit LoIs for projects that appear to be a good fit for the program will be asked to submit a full proposal and supporting documents. Both LoIs and applications must be submitted though Panthera’s grant management system, Foundant, accessed through the green button at the bottom of this page.

*Please read all Application Instructions thoroughly first 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, you must submit a complete online application using the Click Here to Apply button.

If you are seeking renewal for a previous grant, please contact us directly.


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