Sabin Snow Leopard Grant Program

The Sabin Snow Leopard Grants Program is a partnership between the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation and Panthera. This program provides up to $100,000 a year to support in situ conservation and research projects on snow leopards. Awards of up to $20,000 per project will be made for one year but may be extended to subsequent years, contingent upon performance and results. 


Applications may be made by individuals or institutions. In the latter case, the project leader must be identified and make the submission. Application is open to all qualified candidates but projects led by snow leopard range country nationals and/or in-country NGOs will be given priority.


Emphasis will be given to requests for field conservation and research activities including: 

  • Interventions that directly and immediately mitigate threats to snow leopards, particularly activities that measurably reduce losses of snow leopards due to human-wildlife conflict, illegal trade, loss of natural prey, habitat degradation, and so on.
  • Research and monitoring: We support basic and applied research that addresses regionally or globally significant knowledge gaps in snow leopard conservation and ecology (including evaluating the impacts of conservation activities), as well as demonstrably rigorous monitoring and/or exploratory survey efforts that advance the goals of the PAWS initiative.

Budget Guidelines

The maximum allowable request is $20,000. Panthera will consider local salaries, per diems, and stipends for local field personnel only; we will not fund salaries for core administrative and management personnel. Panthera also does not support conferences, travel to scientific meetings, legal actions, overhead costs, academic exchanges, or captive breeding. Graduate students are eligible to apply for field and project costs; tuition, bursaries, university living costs, etc. will not be considered by the Sabin Snow Leopard Grants Program.

Evaluation Criteria

Projects are evaluated on a competitive basis. Letters of Inquiry and applications are reviewed by Panthera staff. Projects are evaluated in terms of the: 

  • Relevance to snow leopard conservation
  • Scientific merit & value
  • Community engagement (where applicable) 
  • Quantitative rigor (where applicable; for example, full applications that incorporate camera trap surveys should demonstrate that proposed study designs are suitable for estimating target parameters using simulation-based study design resources such as those produced to support PAWS) 
  •  Compatibility with Panthera’s programmatic priorities

How to Apply

The application process opens with a call for Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) between 15 February and 15 March. The application portal is only open between these dates. The LOI asks for the title and location of the proposed project, the project budget and the amount requested from Panthera, and an abstract of the project. Qualified applicants who submit LOIs for projects that appear to be a good fit for the program will be asked to submit a full application and supporting documents. Both LOIs and applications must be submitted through Panthera’s grant management system, Foundant.

Applicants are only permitted to apply to one Panthera grant program per intake round. If you are seeking renewal for a previous grant, please contact us directly at

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