Ocean Park Conservation Foundation: Supporting Projects on Habitats throughout Asia

Deadline: 31 January 2017

The Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong (OPCFHK) is currently inviting applicants for its conservation funding projects in Asia 2017-18 with an aim to support projects on other threatened amphibians, reptiles, birds, fishes, invertebrates and other aquatic and terrestrial mammals, as well as their habitats throughout Asia.


  • Theme 1: Climate Change
  • Theme 2: Marine Debris
  • Theme 3: Saving Asian Biodiversity
  • Theme 4: Amphibian and Freshwater Turtle Crisis
  • Theme 5: Wolong National Nature Reserve (WNNR)

Grant Information

  • Majority of successful applications in 2016/17 were one-year projects averaged HK$ 227,000/year (US$29,000).
  • Proposals can be one to two years as regular projects, or 3 to a maximum of 5 years as multiple-year projects.

Focus Areas

  • Wildlife Conservation
    • Conduct in-situ field studies to enhance the understanding of the target species population, the condition of their habitats and the threats they face in the wild, and/or
    • Collaborate with local communities, institutes and the government to formulate effective conservation management plans to preserve the threatened animal species and their habitats, and/or
    • Conduct ex-situ studies on the target species to promote in-situ conservation efforts.
  • Social Science-based Conservation
    • Design and organise in-situ and ex-situ conservation education programmes to raise local communities’ awareness of wildlife conservation and to engage them to change their daily activities and behaviour in support of conservation efforts, and/or
    • Conduct capacity-building programmes or workshops to advance the nature reserve and conservation education teams’ knowledge and skills for effective conservation action.
    • Regular projects last from 1 to 2 years should focus on either one nature of the above. For multiple-year projects last for 3 to 5 years, both natures can be submitted but in two separate proposals. Applicants shall also explain how resources and the project works are synergised and complementing each other to achieve the overall goal.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Foundation solicits proposals from countries or regions in Asia according to United Nations Statistical Division (mentioned below) plus Papua New Guinea, with higher priority will be given to projects from Eastern, Southern and South-Eastern Asia.
  • Coastal countries connected to Asia where funding is limited and with threatened wide-ranging Asian species inhabited, such as the Far East Russian western gray whales, are included.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit completed form via online application system through the given website.

Eligible Countries

For more information, please visit OPCFHK 2017/18.


2017 BCFN Young Earth Solutions (YES) Research Grant

Seeking Young Researchers Worldwide 2017 BCFN Young Earth Solutions (YES) Research Grant

Deadline: 28 June 2017

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation is seeking young researchers from all over the world for its 2017 BCFN Young Earth Solutions (YES) Research Grant Competition with an aim to reward the best ideas about food and sustainability.

The objective of the research proposal is to make more sustainable one or more themes of the agri-food system, in terms of environmental, social, health and economic aspects.

Topic Areas

  • Sustainable and healthy diets;
  • Urban food systems and policies;
  • Resilient agriculture, land use change and agro-ecology;
  • The nexus between climate change, energy and food;
  • Sustainable water management;
  • Food supply chains;
  • Ecosystems and ecosystem services;
  • Healthy lifestyles;
  • Food waste reduction;
  • Food policy development;
  • Food security: availability, access, utilization, stability;
  • Communication technologies and networks;
  • Youth and women’s involvement in agriculture.

Grant Information

The award is a 20.000 € research grant applied to a one-year investigation.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The 2017 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young PhD and postdoc researchers from any background and nationality to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system.
  • The Competition is designed for individual or multidisciplinary and cross-national research teams of a maximum of three components.
  • The Competition encourages the participation of teams from different disciplines and countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their proposals online through the BCFN via given website.

For more information, visit https://www.barillacfn.com/en/research/bcfnyes/

East-West Center is accepting applications


The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The Center is an independent, public, nonprofit organization with funding from the U.S. government, and additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments in the region.

Over more than fifty years of serving as a U.S.-based institution for public diplomacy in the Asia Pacific region with international governance, staffing, students, and participants, the Center has built a worldwide network of 62,000 alumni and more than 950 partner organizations.

The Center’s 21-acre Honolulu campus, adjacent to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, is located midway between Asia and the U.S. mainland and features research, residential, and international conference facilities. The Center’s Washington, D.C., office focuses on preparing the United States for an era of growing Asia Pacific prominence.

The East-West Center offers a wide variety of both short- and long-term programs for individuals. Academic scholarships and fellowships as well as educational exchange and professional development programs are available.

EWC is currently accepting applications for the following programs:

For other opportunities, please visit here for more information.

You can apply directly to the East West Center or contact us if you need further assistance.


CTI Women Leaders Forum Malaysia kicks off its first meeting

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah; 7th November 2016 – Women representatives from local NGOs; government representatives and university experts gathered in WWF Sabah, Malaysia office to attend the first Malaysian Women Leaders’ Forum (WLF) under the auspices of the Coral Triangle Initiative for Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF).


Meeting Participants to the first Malaysian Women Leaders Forum Meeting led by Prof. Dato’ Dr. Nor Aeini Hj Mokhtar and supported by Dr. Robecca Jumin and her team from WWF Sabah, Malaysia

Following the Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG-5) –  “to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” , the WLF Malaysia meeting aimed towards the finalization of its Terms of Reference. With the formal establishment of the WLF in Malaysia, it is hoped that more support from the public, government agencies, international initiatives and private organizations could be pooled together and combat gender bias at all levels. Importantly, as mandated by the CTI-CFF Council of Senior Officers during the 11th and 12th  Senior Officials’ Meeting, gender issues have been identified and actions have been identified to ensure gender mainstreaming into decision-making processes at all levels.

The meeting was chaired by the interim Chair of WLF, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Nor  Aieni Hj Mokhtar,  the Vice Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, previously the Under-Secretary of the National Oceanographic Directorate, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) serving as the Malaysian National Secretariat for CTI-CFF. Participants from various organizations attended this meeting including Dr. Norasma Dacho from the Department of Fisheries Sabah who is also the Project Management Coordinator for the Asian Development Bank RETA 7813 Project; representatives from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) as the CTI Sabah branch; local NGO representatives and representative from the CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat.


With the first Small Grant Award recipient from Malaysia, Ms Francesa Winfield of the Kudat Turtle Conservation Society.

Other agenda during the meeting include: (i) Introduction of CTI-CFF by the Regional Secretariat and Regional WLF current status since SOM-12; (ii) Briefing by WWF Sabah on its activities both in Sabah and Melaka in Peninsular Malaysia; (iii) presentations by local organizations led by women leaders — Kudat Turtle Conservation Society, Padang Kemunting Turtle Friendly Village, Wanita Pulau Omadal and Green Semporna.

The meeting has agreed for the WLF Interim National Secretariat to be undertaken by WWF Sabah, Malaysia and led by current Chair or the WLF Malaysia until the next meeting for further discussion on the establishment of the WLF Malaysia National Secretariat and its work plan.