Grants Committee Chair
Shelly Roach - Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
The purpose of the AAZK Grants Committee is to encourage and support the professional development and conservation involvement of AAZK members. Additionally, AAZK is committed to supporting and encouraging research conducted by members in zoological parks and aquariums.
(Deadlines for all grants is 01 March)
The AAZK Professional Travel Grant
The AAZK Professional Travel Grant is designed to assist AAZK members with costs associated with attending professional meetings or workshops, or, participating in field research.
The AAZK/AZA Advances in Animal Keeping Course Grant
The AAZK Conservation, Preservation and Restoration Grant
The purpose of the AAZK CPR Committee’s Zoo Keeper Grant in Conservation is to encourage and support efforts in conservation conducted by AAZK members in zoological parks and aquariums around the world.
The AAZK Research Grant
The purpose of the AAZK Research Committee’s Zoo Keeper Grant in Research is to encourage and support efforts in non-invasive research conducted by AAZK members in zoological parks and aquariums around the world.
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.
Application instructions and the grant applications can be found in the Members Only section of the website. Examples of past grants are listed below to give members a better idea of the types of projects that have been funded in the past.
Examples of Past Grants
Conservation, Restoration, and Preservation Grants
The Grants Committee will not fund any invasive biological studies, or any study that may cause an animal undue or prolonged discomfort or harm. Travel grants are awarded based on the applicant’s experience and dedication to the zoo/aquarium field, the value of the travel objective to the member and their institution, as well as the Grant Committee’s assessment of the conservation/research value of the program the applicant will be participating in.
The Research Grant Database is in Adobe PDF format. If you do not have
Adobe Acrobat Reader, please download the free software here.
The purpose of this international database is to provide information on organizations that offer outside grants for animal related research, conservation, and educational purposes. The database will be updated annually and new information added as it arises.