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Q. Is there a deadline for sending in applications?

No. You can send in applications year-round. Applications are reviewed and approved monthly.

Q. What will increase the chances for my application to be approved?

> Project cost is below $1500.
> Strong biodiversity conservation aspect.
> All application documents are included (application form, proposal with English summary, resume or CV and letter of recommendation).
> A valid US contact who can receive your equipment (lower 48 states preferred).
> An accurate description of the equipment requested and how it will be used.
> Project initiation date (or date equipment needed) 6 months from application.
> A description as to how you will recycle the equipment upon completion.

Q. Can an individual apply more than once?

Yes. Past recipients are welcome to reapply after submitting photos and written updates from previous projects.

Q. What type of reporting does IDEA WILD require after an equipment grant?

> A one-page summary of your project and how the equipment was used and recycled (used on additional projects, donated to other conservation efforts, etc.)
> High resolution photos from the field, especially of you happily using your gear.
> Copy of publications, thesis, abstract, etc.

Q. When will I get a response?

Our review process takes approximately 3-6 months. Once your application materials have been received you will receive an email notication. Each project is reviewed within 3-4 months of receipt. After that time you will receive another email notifying you of acceptance or rejection. If your project is approved, you may not be granted all of the items or the exact brand/model you requested. At that time you will be asked to confirm acceptance of the equipment offered and confirm the details of your US contact.

Q. If I work with mushrooms can I apply?

Yes. We support any project that supports biodiversity or conservation education; mushrooms, plants, animals, insects, etc.

Q. Do you provide money for scholarships and travel to conferences?

No. However, we do consider providing money for your travel to field sites (e.g. bus fares).

Q. Which companies do you require us to request from when applying for telemetry equipment?

We require applicants to request telemetry equipment only from Wildlife Materials.

Q. Why won’t you ship directly to recipients overseas?

We find that international shipping and customs can be unreliable and costly. There also may be high taxes upon receipt. Many people find relatives, visiting professors or colleagues willing to receive and transport equipment on their behalf. By using this method, we are able to direct more of our resources to more individuals.