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Primate Research Fund

The Leakey Foundation offers emergency funding to keep long-term primate field sites operational until other funding can be secured. Long-term refers to sites with 10 years or more of behavioral data collection on individuals. Priority will be given to sites with a clear research and conservation focus that are threatened with the loss of long-term datasets due to a gap in funding or other emergencies.

A wild male orangutan at a primate research field site.

When to apply

  • Applications accepted year-round.


  • The award maximum is $25,000 for one year. After evaluation, a second year may be funded.

Who can apply

  • Applicant should be the Principal Investigator, Director, or Co-Director of an established long-term study site focused on research and conservation of wild primates.
  • The field research site must have 10 years or more of continuous behavioral data collected on individuals.

How to apply

  1. Please complete the form below to begin the application process.
  2. After the grants office has assessed your eligibility, you will receive a full application form.

After reading the instructions, if you have questions about the application or the eligibility of your research, please email grants (at)

Primate Research Fund Information Request

Primate Research Fund Information Request

If you have an emergency funding need and/or you would like more information about The Leakey Foundation's Primate Research Fund, please use this form to contact our grants department.


Wild chimpanzees on patrol at Ngogo, a long term primate field research project in Uganda. This site was a recipient of a Primate Research Fund emergency grant.

I [name], of [city, state ZIP], bequeath the sum of $[ ] or [ ] percent of my estate to L.S.B. Leakey Foundation for Research Related to Man’s Origins, Behavior & Survival, (dba The Leakey Foundation), a nonprofit organization with a business address of 1003B O’Reilly Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129 and a tax identification number 95-2536475 for its unrestricted use and purpose.

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