CCI Collaborative Fund for Conservation

The CCI Collaborative Fund for Conservation (also known as the CCI Fund) has been established to support innovative, collaborative conservation projects undertaken by CCI partners. Every project should address a high priority biodiversity conservation issue and include some combination of research, education, policy and practice.

Applications should normally address one or more of the agreed CCI Goals and Themes. The CCI Fund aims to facilitate innovative and necessary collaborations between CCI members, with particular emphasis on enabling successful partnerships between University of Cambridge Departments and Cambridge area based conservation organisations.

The CCI Fund has been established thanks to the generous support of Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, which recognises the vital need for collaborative approaches to investigating global conservation problems and creating sustainable solutions. The CCI Fund is administered by the office of the Executive Director of CCI with grants being awarded by a Selection Panel.

The Fund complements other CCI programmes, including the Research/Policy/Practice Interface Programme and the Capacity Building and Leadership Programme and may support projects on issues that arise from such CCI activities.

Eligibility guidelines for the CCI Collaborative Fund for Conservation

The Collaborative Fund was set up to support innovative, collaborative conservation projects undertaken by CCI partners.

Each Collaborative Fund application therefore requires at least three organisations/Departments from CCI to be actively working together on the project, including at least one University Department and one conservation organisation. All collaborating organisations/Departments will be expected to make a major and significant commitment to the project outcomes to demonstrate true collaboration.

To be eligible to apply for a Collaborative Fund grant as one of the three organisations/Departments, you need to be an employee of one of the CCI partners.

  • For the University of Cambridge, this means the applicant must be on the payroll of either the University or one of the colleges. PhD students are not eligible as applicants for Collaborative Fund proposals, but their supervisor can be the named University partner, and the student can then be involved in the proposal's activities.
  • For other CCI partners, this means the applicant must be on the payroll of that organisation.
  • Member organisations of the Cambridge Conservation Forum are eligible to apply as one of the three collaborating organisations/Departments, but will need to do so through the CCF by agreement of the CCF Committee (i.e. it will be applying as CCF and therefore must have the agreement of CCF to do so).

Where CCI partners do not have all the skills and expertise needed to deliver a project, other collaborators – especially from developing countries – may be included in the project and funded by the grant.

The deadline for applications for 2019 has now passed.

Please visit the CCI projects page to view current and previously funded projects.