Grants Committee Chair
Shelly Roach - Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Zoo Keeper Grants in Zoology, Proposal Guidelines and Instructions
The purpose of the AAZK Research Grants Committee is to encourage and support research conducted by members in zoological parks and aquariums. Through collaboration with scientists in other institutions, it is hoped that members will achieve continuing professional growth, and thereby increase the benefits to the zoological community.
Full-time keepers/aquarists in zoological parks and aquariums, who are professional
members of AAZK, INC. in good standing, are eligible to receive grants. Researchers
other than zoo keepers may participate in the funded studies. The principal
investigator, however, must be a keeper/aquarist.
The committee will not fund any invasive biological studies, or any study
that may cause an animal undue or prolonged discomfort or harm.
Allowable expenses include equipment, supplies and other costs such as library
fees, computer time, etc. Expenses that are not allowed include travel and
telephone costs, animal purchases and wages for research participants. Grant
recipients will be reimbursed for research expenses upon presentation of receipts.
Only in unusual circumstances, and only with Board approval, will grant recipients
be advanced funds. In such cases, receipts will be required as soon as they
are available. Upon completion of the study, all equipment purchased with
AAZK funds becomes the property of AAZK, Inc. and must be forwarded to the
committee unless other arrangements have been approved.
Failure to comply with any of these regulations may result in the revocation
of the grant at any time.