Holohil Grant Program for Scientists and Non-scientists Worldwide

Holohil Grant Program for Scientists and Non-scientists Worldwide


For more than 35 years Holohil has supported endangered species research and educational work for a variety of agencies and researchers. During that time, we have donated transmitters predominately for bat and raptor research. While we still have a strong commitment to these groups of animals, we wish to extend our support to other species that have not previously been included.

To this end, we are extending our support to research projects that are of high value for their species, have a sound research design, and have a positive conservation intention. In 2016, we introduced our new Holohil Grant Program (HGP), which aims to offer Holohil transmitters at a reduced (or no) cost to projects deserving of support.

Since its inception, the HGP has awarded more than $75,000.00 in transmitters to projects around the globe.

NEW: We are now accepting used units that we can refurbish and donate to MORE worthwhile projects! So, if you have some old transmitters lying around, and no plans to use them in the future, please consider donating them to us so we can provide transmitters to additional studies and researchers!

Holohil Grant Program would like to support projects that generally meet the following criteria:

  • The project makes significant use of Holohil transmitters for data collection.

  • The project aims to advance scientific knowledge.

  • The project contributes to conservation.

  • The project engages/educates the public.

  • The project involves underrepresented study species of high research or conservation value.

    Applications submitted to the Holohil Grant Program will be judged for suitability by outside (impartial), skilled researchers and experienced professionals invited to participate as HGP Review Committee Members. Submissions will be accepted from all parts of the globe and support will be awarded four times a year.

    Here’s how it works:

    Each quarter, Holohil will be supporting projects by donating up to CAD$2,500.00 toward the purchase of Holohil transmitters. We will also pay all shipping charges (Note: importation duties and taxes are the receiver’s responsibility). The Holohil Grant Program is available to conservation professionals and researchers from anywhere in the world.

    All we ask in return is a short (approx. one-page) report/update with photos of your work using our transmitters which we can post on the Holohil Grant Recipients page. It’s that simple!

    Because Holohil is interested in supporting projects in a way that minimizes the workload for investigators and reviewers alike, we kindly ask
    that your combined project summaries not exceed 500 words (1/2 page of text). The categories for which the HGP Review Committee will evaluate applications are as follows:

  • Need – Transmitters are essential for a successful project

  • Project Design – Feasibility of the study (timeframe, number of subjects, well-balanced design)

  • Public Education – Broad reach of the project with special consideration for involving youth

  • Scientific Merit – High potential for scientific contribution (publication)

  • Overall Scope – Broad-reaching projects that may effectively protect habitat and other species

  • Project Potential – The project is a springboard for additional research/outreach

  • Urgency – Study species is in conservation trouble or understudied

  • Popularity/Fundability – Targeting under-represented species

  • Accessibility – Targets a particularly remote/isolated location or is in an area of minimal current research

  • Achievability – Applicant and collaborators have the ability/expertise to do the work

    Reporting Requirements:

    Holohil realizes that any successful conservation and/or scientific endeavor requires assistance from a variety of sources (financial, staff/volunteers, logistics, advisors, etc.) and that each of these require something from you. The goal of the Holohil Grant Program is to ASSIST you in achieving your research goals, not burden you with another layer of paperwork. To that end, what we require in return is meant to be as painless as possible while also allowing you a forum (Holohil Grant Recipients) to promote your inspiring and impressive project! Here is what we’ll ask of winning applicants:

  • Maintain contact with us and provide updates on your project, when possible. We LOVE to get pictures!

  • Acknowledge the support of Holohil Systems Ltd. in presentations, meetings, publications, etc.

  • Submit a one-page update/report on the project that we can post on our website. The report should include the following information:

  • No more than ~500 words of text.

  • Photos of our transmitters in use with your animals.

  • Main findings/outcomes of your project.

  • Long term implications of the project (if applicable).

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Holohil Grant Program for Scientists and Non-scientists Worldwide

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