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This page is intended for anyone interested in applying for equipment or aid from IDEA WILD.

IDEA WILD will only review and approve complete application materials, so please follow these guidelines carefully.

● Your application materials must include the following items:

1. IDEA WILD application form

2. Project proposal written in your native language. NOTE: your project proposal must relate to biodiversity conservation, research or education.

3. One-page summary of your project proposal written in English

4. Your resume or curriculum vitae

5. A letter of recommendation from your advisor (only if you are a student)

6. If possible, please include a photo of the target species or habitat

● Important notes for your IDEA WILD application form:

o A current email address is absolutely necessary so we can confirm arrival of your application documents, communicate after we have accepted or rejected your request, or ask additional questions.

o Due to the uncertainty and often extra/hidden costs of international shipping, IDEA WILD uses a relay method for delivering equipment. Please provide the name, United States address*, email address and telephone number of a person (such as a visiting professor, friend or relative) who will be traveling to your country. We will mail your equipment to this person in the United States for them to deliver to you. NOTES: We prefer not to send to states of Alaska (AK), Hawaii (HI) or Puerto Rico (PR). Also, if you opt at any time to use direct shipping, IDEA WILD will not reimburse any shipping or associated fees.

o IDEA WILD encourages the use and reuse of equipment and gives preference to requests that clearly explain how the equipment will be used when the project is finished.

o The total cost of your equipment must be below $1500.

o Click here for an example of a completed “Requested Equipment” form. It is important to include detailed descriptions of requested equipment, as well as name, website address – with item number – of the company that sells each item.

● Important notes for your project proposal:

o Your project proposal can be the one prepared for your BS, MS, Ph.D., independent research, etc. This can be submitted in your native language. Also, you need to include a one-page summary of your proposal in English.

o IDEA WILD accepts requests from ALL countries, with priority consideration given to those with:

▪ a strong biodiversity conservation aspect

▪ direct involvement with nationals of the country where the project takes place (if you are non-national, it is best to have a national apply or co-apply)

▪ plans to further use (recycle) equipment after the project has completed

▪ a valid US contact who can receive and transport your equipment

Email your complete application materials to An email confirmation will be sent to you to confirm receipt of your materials.

● We require several months to review and approve application documents.

● Once an approved project is completed, each recipient is expected to provide follow-up materials to report on how the equipment was used. There are no formal deadlines or specific reporting forms. We appreciate receiving a one-page summary of the project, interesting results, how the equipment was used/was beneficial, etc. Publications, posters, theses, news articles, videos, etc. that result from the project are especially welcome. We also enjoy high resolution photos from the field to be shared with donors, in e-newsletters and on social media. IDEA WILD’s logo can be found here.

We look forward to reviewing your application!