Rehabilitation organizations do a tremendous job caring for hundred, if not thousands, of animals each year. Staff and volunteers often have to juggle the time needed to care for these patients with figuring out new and novel ways to provide and improve that care – often on shoestring budgets. Taking these new ideas and developing research projects can also be somewhat intimidating, with visions of laboratories and densely-worded scientific journals often accompanying the thought.
To promote OWCN Member Organization’s efforts to identify new and better ways of capturing and caring for oiled animals, we are proud to offer a Research Mentorship Program. The goals of this program are to:
- To foster scientific inquiry by OWCN member organizations;
- To assist organizations in developing complete and interesting project descriptions;
- To help fund smaller, pilot studies to be conducted at OWCN member organization facilities; and
- To further advance knowledge of best achievable care of oiled wildlife, as defined in the Goals for the OWCN’s Research Program
Each interested OWCN member organization must apply by providing the information listed in the application form. The OWCN Director and a subcommittee of the OWCN’s Scientific Advisory Committee will review all complete applications. Successful applicants will then be assigned an OWCN Research Staff Mentor to assist in the development of a complete study design, and funding will be allocated to the organization to allow the study to commence. The OWCN Mentor will be available during the study for consultation and assistance, and will help the member organization in the development of a written report for publication or presentation.
If awarded, Mentorship project funds will be allocated to the Member Organization to complete the research. Additional funds may also be available for publication costs and travel expenses related to presenting study results at appropriate meetings (e.g., NWRA, EOW) on a case-by-case basis.