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Rain Man
05-16-2005, 11:46 PM
Just in case you're looking for funding to study gender skewing among rhinos in captivity...




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The International Rhino Foundation is requesting proposals for research that is directly applicable to management, propagation and conservation of rhinoceros species maintained in captivity or under intensive protection and management in the wild.

Proposals for research involving any scientific discipline(s) can be submitted, but projects must directly address the targeted IRF research priorities specified below. The priorities are a subset of those listed in the AZA Rhino Advisory Group’s 2004 Research Masterplan and were chosen because they address the greatest challenges faced today in maintaining healthy, self-sustaining captive rhino populations that will exist far into the future. (If applicants believe their proposal idea is outstanding but does not address the priorities listed below, they can submit an explanation of the idea in 250 words or less to BeckyT@wogilman.com by April 15th. Only if approved after review, can they proceed with submitting a full proposal.)

Research Priority Target Areas (only proposals addressing the following will be considered)

The pathophysiology and environmental correlates of black rhino diseases.
Proposals in this area are not limited to but could address:
a specific disease (i.e., Idiopathic Hemorrhagic Vasculopathy)
general aspects of disease susceptibility in black rhinos (genetic, nutritional, stress, etc.)
further investigations to confirm/refute current theories for disease susceptibility (i.e., hemosiderrhosis)
the testing of potential treatments, management, dietary changes, etc., to reduce/eliminate health problems in captive rhinos
Reproduction challenges in rhinos.
Proposals in this area are not limited to but could address:
Causes/prevalence and potential treatments for early pregnancy loss/abortions/stillbirths (i.e., stress, hormonal, genetic, etc., )
Etiology/prevalence and treatments for reproductive pathology/acyclicity
Lack of breeding success (i.e., Southern white F1s, behavioral, etc.,)
Potential treatments (i.e., hormonal manipulations, husbandry changes, dietary changes, assisted repro etc.,) to reduce/eliminate reproduction problems.
Skewed sex ratios (favoring male calves) in captive rhinos
Proposals in this area are not limited to but could address:
Management changes that might shift ratio back to normal
Methods of ensuring female calves are born in at least equal proportions to males
Research to determine the underlying cause (nutritional, stress, husbandry, etc.,)
Research that might ease management problems due to an abundance of male rhinos
Proposals must be received by May 31, 2005 and must follow the requested format to be considered for support.

A panel of established scientists, veterinarians and IRF Board Members will review and score all proposals and the final decision on funding will be made during the annual IRF Board meeting at the end of summer in 2005. Proposals will be evaluated on their quality, soundness of science, feasibility, likelihood that the results will lead to progress in resolving the challenges, effectiveness of the budget, and importance to the overall effort of maintaining healthy, self-sustaining populations of captive rhinos.

Projects selected for funding will be announced by October 1, 2005 and funding will commence immediately.

Project costs should range from $5,000 - $50,000 per year but exceptions to these limits may be considered. The total funding currently committed to support the RFP is $250,000 but this amount may differ by the time grant evaluations are conducted. The IRF will not pay administrative overhead. Projects with matching funds or supported by sound preliminary data may be considered attractive. Budget requests that consist primarily of salary will generally not be considered favorably. Conditional support will be committed for subsequent years of multi-year projects at the time of initial approval and funding will be contingent upon satisfactory review of the prior year’s performance. Multi-year projects should not exceed three years.


Proposals must be received electronically by 31 May 2005

Send proposals electronically in Word format with all attachments, letters of support, etc., as PDF files to BeckyT@wogilman.com. Letters of support can be addressed to:

John Lukas, President
International Rhino Foundation
White Oak Conservation Center
581705 White Oak Road
Yulee, FL 32097-2169

The proposals should consist of:

A title page containing:
Title of project
Research priority(s) addressed (choose one or more of the three listed)
Name, position, affiliation, address, e-mail, telephone and fax numbers of Principle Investigator and Co-Investigators.
Duration of project
Total amount requested
Signature of the PI and the Director of their institution/organization
A summary (abstract) of 500 words or less describing in lay language:
The problem being addressed
The general goal of the study
A general explanation of the methods to be used and experimental design
The expected results and how they will be applied to captive rhino populations
Body of the proposal - section 3 must be no longer than 10 pages typed, double-spaced, in a 12 point font with one inch margins and must include the following:
Hypothesis being tested
Specific objectives of the study
Background (and preliminary data if available)
Experimental design and methods
Qualifications of PI and Co-Investigators and percent time committed to project
List of collaborating institutions and the contact staff member for each
Budget and explanation justifying expenses – section 4 is limited to two pages double spaced and should contain a breakdown of the budget as follows for each year funds are requested:
Salaries, stipends and benefits
Disposable supplies
Matching funds from the institution or additional grants
(Note: Provide enough information that it is clear to reviewers how the costs were derived. For example, “hormone assays - $2,400” is inadequate, whereas “3 hormones per sample X 200 fecal samples X $4.00 per hormone evaluated = $2,400” is more informative)
Cited References
Two-page c.v. from the PI and each Co-Investigator (see attached form for format).
Letters of support (these are required from any institution listed as a collaborator)

Example c.v. page below:

Principal Investigator (Last, first, middle) _________________________


Provide the following information for each key personnel in the order listed on the title page.

Name Position Title
EDUCATIONAL TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education and include postdoctoral training.)
(if applicable) YEAR(s) FIELD OF STUDY

A. Positions and Honors. List in chronological order previous positions, concluding with your present position. List any honors. List present membership on any advisory committees.
B. Selected peer-reviewed publications. List, in chronological order, the titles, ALL authors (PI name in bold), and complete referencces to all publications during the past three years and to representative earlier publications pertinent to the application.
(Do not exceed two pages).

Count Alex's Losses
05-16-2005, 11:48 PM
Ooh! An opportunity presents itself!

Count Alex's Losses
05-16-2005, 11:48 PM

05-17-2005, 12:01 AM
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05-17-2005, 12:12 AM
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05-17-2005, 12:14 AM
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05-17-2005, 12:15 AM
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Ultra Peanut
05-17-2005, 12:43 AM
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