Support for Programs in Developing World

Funding Agency:
Conservation, Food & Health Foundation

Incorporated in 1985, the Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to promote the conservation of natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and improve health in the developing world. The foundation helps build capacity within developing countries in its three areas of interest with grants that support research or projects that solve specific problems.

The foundation supports projects that demonstrate strong local leadership, promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem in the field. It prefers to support projects addressing under-funded issues and geographic areas.

The foundation has an online, two-phase application system comprised of a short concept application, followed by a limited number of invited full proposals.

The foundation will not consider more than one proposal from an organization in any calendar year and will not fund an organization more than once in a funding year.



  • Duke Internal Deadline: October 16, 2019
  • Deadline for Concept Applications: January 1, 2020, July 1, 2020

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

The Conservation, Food & Health Foundation supports special projects and programs of non governmental organizations in three primary fields of interest: conservation, food, and health. Examples of areas of interest within these fields follow, but are not meant to be exclusive.


  • Conservation grants help improve ecological and environmental conditions in the developing world. The foundation supports field research and related research activities, training, and technical assistance efforts that:
  • help conserve viable ecosystems and protect biological diversity in developing countries
  • train local leaders in conservation and protection of resources, with an emphasis on technical and scientific training


Food grants support focused efforts to improve access to food for consumption in developing countries. Areas of interest include projects that:

  • promote or develop specific sustainable agriculture practices with potential to advance science and practice in other countries;
  • explore and refine innovative education and training interventions for small scale food producers and farmers; and
  • advance new approaches to control pests and diseases affecting important food crops of developing countries


The foundation supports public health programs that are preventive rather than curative in nature. It supports research, technical assistance, and training projects that:

  • improve public health through community-based efforts that address health promotion, disease prevention, family planning, and reproductive health.
  • increase the understanding and treatment of tropical diseases

Eligibility Requirements


The foundation supports most types of non-governmental organizations that can provide evidence of their nongovernmental status or charitable purpose.

In general, the foundation will support:

  • Non-governmental organizations (NGO)
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Civil society organizations
  • Community-based organizations
  • Colleges, universities and academic institutions

The foundation does not support businesses, government agencies,  humanitarian relief organizations other foundations or churches.

Amount Description

  • There is no policy concerning a minimum or maximum grant size. The average grant is approximately $20,000. Grants exceeding $25,000 are rarely awarded.

Funding Type


Duke Awardees

2016 - Charles R. Welch - Lemur Center - $19,000 to develop conservation priorities for lemurs in Madagascar by mapping populations in core reserves, habitat corridors and forest fragments.

2011 - Nichols School of the Environment
$20,936 to study how lowland Amazonian forests in southeastern Peru regenerate after large seed dispersing monkeys and birds have been eliminated by hunting by settlers.

2009 - Duke University Center for Tropical Conservation
$24,269 to study the migration, ecology, and management of the Orinoco Goose in the Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru.

Duke University Center for Tropical Conservation
$25,000 to study how lowland Amazonian forests in southeastern Peru regenerate after large seed dispersing monkeys and birds have been eliminated by hunting by new settlers.




Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Because the Conservation, Food & Health Foundation will not review more than one application per year (any twelve-month period) from any organization, the Office of Research Support has set the deadlines for Duke University's internal competition so that applications can be submitted to the sponsor by their July 1 deadline. Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean/chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Concept Application (please note on your PDF if the Concept Application is a draft) -
* CV - 2 pages

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials:


Internal Deadline

October 16, 2019

External Deadline

January 1, 2020