IBA’s Grants Programs provide funds for research and conservation projects around the world, travel funds for experiential exchange programs between projects, and grants to help students and others attend IBA conferences.


IBA’s Research and Conservation Grants program was started in 1992, made possible through a generous gift from the John Sheldon Bevins Memorial Foundation. Bear researcher John Bevins, along with a fellow researcher and pilot, disappeared during a polar bear monitoring flight over Alaska’s Arctic Ocean on October 11, 1990. The foundation was established by John’s widow, Dr. Julia Bevins, to memorialize John’s dedication to bears and improved bear management. IBA was named as an annual recipient of the Foundation’s charitable donations. Since then, in 2004, IBA launched the Bear Conservation Fund, with a vision of increasing, by an order of magnitude, IBA’s ability to support research, conservation, and exchange among practitioners in the field through grants. The Bear Conservation Fund currently receives over $100,000 in donations each year to support IBA’s three Grants Programs.

The Grants Program Today

The overall grants program has grown significantly both in the amount and number of grants awarded.  In addition, the program’s scope has broadened, and three different categories have since been established:

Grants Program History PDF    //    Grant Awards through 2003 PDF

Recent Grant News

Travel Grant Application Period is Closed and Grants Have Been Awarded

June 4, 2018

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Recipient of the 2-Year “Innovation in Community -Based Conservation for Bear” (R&C) Grant for 2018-2019 has been announced. Congratulations to Russ van Horn and his team of investigators, Fanny Cornejo, Carlos Jimenez, Nicholas Pilfold, and Megan Owen at San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.

February 4, 2018

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