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Each year, SWOT awards up to eight US $1,000 grants to sea turtle research and conservation projects around the world that fall within SWOT's three program areas: Networking & Capacity Building, Science, and Education & Outreach. 

The 2018 SWOT grant application deadline has passed. The 2019 SWOT grant application timeline and process will be announced in the second half of 2019. To be notified about future grant opportunities, join our mailing list here.

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Program area 1: Networking & Capacity Building

Through our Networking and Capacity Building grants, SWOT aims to:

  • Strengthen networks that facilitate information-sharing and coordinate sea turtle conservation efforts.

  • Build local or regional capacity for sea turtle research and conservation.


Program area 2: science

Through our Science grants, SWOT aims to support scientific work that fills critical gaps in knowledge about sea turtles that will support conservation objectives. This includes: 

  • Assessments of poorly known or recently discovered sea turtle populations (nesting, or at sea).

  • Research that will help address a specific conservation issue or management objective.


Program area 3: education & Outreach

Through our Education and Outreach grants, SWOT aims to support public education and outreach efforts that seek to motivate changes in human behavior in places where sea turtles nest, migrate, and forage. 


Please note: Grantees agree that, if awarded, the results of all research funded by SWOT will be made publicly available on a non-discriminatory basis. In the case of data collected that are relevant to SWOT’s global database, grantees agree to share the data with SWOT for inclusion in the SWOT database. Data holders will retain all ownership and control of their data, as stipulated in the SWOT Data Use Agreement.

Click here to read about past SWOT grant recipients.