Description and Mission of the Jane Goodall Institute in Singapore

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) was founded by renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall in 1977 to support field research on wild chimpanzees. Today JGI’s mission is to empower individuals to take informed and compassionate action on behalf of all living things. Over thirty years, JGI has spread this mission across the globe.

While JGI is acclaimed for its work in the causes of environmental, animal and human community, Dr. Goodall is perhaps best known for her profound research on wild chimpanzees. Since she began her research, primatology has expanded into a vigorous scientific discipline, spanning anthropology, biology, psychology and, most recently, climatology. Research on non-human primates has increased our understanding of basic principles of behaviour and biology and provides a comparative perspective for understanding our own place in nature. Attention has also focused on the diversity of primates and their habitat and on concerns towards their continued existence. And with the world’s eyes on the critical role of deforestation in the joint greenhouse gas emission and climate change equation, research on the habitat of primates is growing in importance.

Singapore is an ideal location to lead research and conservation of primates and their habitat in the region. By developing and funding a primatology programme in Singapore, JGIS can help mentor scientists, scholars and researchers working in rainforests in Southeast Asia, whose rates of deforestation and share of global rainforest stand at 34% and 37% respectively. JGIS hopes this initiative may contribute findings as groundbreaking as Dr. Goodall’s original work: with little more than a notebook, a pair of binoculars, determination and a modest research grant, she famously “redefine[d] man” and our approach to animals and the environment with her discovery that chimps use, make and adapt tools. In this spirit, Dr. Goodall launched JGIS’ new primate campaign - the Primate Research Initiative - at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, with significant press coverage, in June 2009.

The grant

The Primate Research Grant, part of the Primate Research Initiative, will assist Singapore-based primatologists, researchers, conservationists or students with an interest in primates and their habitat, to fund projects related to the study and conservation of primates. Research will be conducted within Southeast Asia. The grant (between S$500 to S$5,000) will be awarded to projects that are non-invasive and which observe primates in their natural habitat.


In addition to the stand-alone value of the research conducted, potential beneficiaries of the grant include Singapore-based university students, wildlife and conservation NGOs, primatologists, ecologists and environmentalists, conservationists and those interested in primates and rainforest.


Primate Research Grant applications will be accepted, and grants will be awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year, depending on the availability of funds. Awards will be chosen by a selection panel of primatologists, unaffiliated scientists and conservationists, commercial representatives and academics.

Primate Research & Conservation Grant

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