Established in 2020, the Research Award recognizes exceptional efforts by AZA Accredited, Related Facility or Conservation Partner members to advance the body of scientific knowledge as it relates to providing excellent welfare for the animals in our care, understanding biological principles, advancing field conservation efforts, and maximizing our impact on visitors. Submissions should be for AZA mission-focused research on:
If there is any question as to what constitutes an eligible project, please email Rob Vernon or call (301) 244-3352.
2022 application materials are available below. Applications are due June 1, 2022.
Past recipients' application materials are available below.
All Honors and Awards applications must be submitted in electronic format ONLY and must be compiled into one PDF file. Please make sure the file name reflects both the award name and the institution.
Please upload your file to the AZA Dropbox link in the Application document below. Your file will go to the AZA Dropbox account, but you do not need to sign in, or even have a Dropbox account to use this link—when it opens, just click on the “choose files” box and upload your application.
Remember to submit a Media Release Form (DOC) with your application.
Research Award application (DOC)
Guidelines for submission (PDF)
See past recipients' application materials (member login required)
Wilder Institue/Calgary Zoo for Integrating genetics, behaviour, and ecology to align with a novel stepping-stone approach for Vancouver Island Marmots and other critically endangered species
Zoo Atlanta for Great Ape Heart Project