Call for Proposals: Small Grant for the Conservation of the Great Bustard in the OSME region

Great Bustard Otis tarda tarda © Loghman-Rahimi

OSME, in collaboration with the Eurasian Bustard Alliance, announces a special grant competition focused on projects supporting the conservation of the Great Bustard within the OSME region.

Project Criteria

  • Projects must take place inside the OSME region. Unfortunately, due to international sanctions, projects in Iran and Russia cannot currently be funded.
  • Projects must focus on the conservation of the Great Bustard, or research closely tied to the species’ conservation. Activities may include, but are not limited to:
    • Work to reduce threats, such as illegal killing, powerline collisions, and predation
    • Improvement of conditions for reproduction, e.g. reduction of nest destruction and depredation
    • Relevant improvements to protected areas relevant to the survival of this species
  • One project will be selected to receive up to £5000 pounds; alternatively, depending on the applications received, two smaller projects may be selected.
  • Project work may begin on 1 January 2023 and may last up to two years.
  • A final report is required, and the submission of a paper to the OSME journal Sandgrouse is strongly encouraged.

Application Process

  • An abbreviated application form may be downloaded here.
  • Applications should be submitted in English. If this presents difficulties, contact Rob Sheldon ( regarding your preference to submit an application in an OSME region language by 1 September 2022.
  • Applications must be received by 30 September 2022.
  • Notification of decisions will occur in late November 2022.
  • The Grant Application form can be downloaded here, and only applications using this form will be accepted.
  • Application forms should be submitted by email to:

Grant evaluation process

  • Applications will be evaluated by the OSME Conservation Fund sub-committee and OSME Council. The Eurasian Bustard Alliance will also be involved in the evaluation process.
  • During the evaluation, emphasis will be placed on the expected impact of the proposed project on the conservation of the Great Bustard within the OSME region.

Questions may be addressed to Mimi Kessler ( or Rob Sheldon (

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