Partners in the U.S.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010), we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.
The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state’s oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation’s most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belongs to the Association of American Universities.
The Florida Museum of Natural History, located at the University of Florida, is Florida’s state museum of natural history, dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage.
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, headquartered in Panama City, Panama is a unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The institute furthers the understanding of tropical nature and its importance to human welfare, trains students to conduct research in the tropics and promotes conservation by increasing public awareness of beauty and importance of tropical ecosystems.
The mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is to foster an understanding and appreciation of the diverse natural history and physical sciences of New Mexico and the Southwest for the benefit of residents of, and visitors to, New Mexico. The Museum provides educational experiences and promotes scientific inquiry through focused collections, research, public programs and exhibitions.
Partners in Panama
The Sociedad Mastozoológica de Panamá (SOMASPA, The Panama Mammal Society) since its creation in year 2000, is a leading Panamanian NGO that focuses on biodiversity ecology and conservation with emphasis in mammals. SOMASPA reach its objectives by means of research, education, and inter-institutional collaboration. SOMASPA’s members are Panamanian and foreigner people interested in the study, conservation, and promotion of Panamanian mammals. SOMASPA is represented in the Panama National Biodiversity Committee and in several Mammal Specialists Group (Species Survival Commissions) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Two main ongoing SOMASPA’s projects are the Alto Chagres Biodiversity Monitoring and the Panama Jaguar Ecology and Conservation.