The Iberostar Foundation, with domicile at Calle General Riera, nº 154, Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares. CP. 07010 and VAT number G-57252561, through its movement Wave of Change (hereinafter, the “Organizer” or “The Iberostar Foundation”) is calling for applicants to four scholarships each totalling $5,000 regarding the following categories 1) techniques for achieving coastal protection, increased fish biomass or enhanced biodiversity in reef restoration, 2) work on reef restoration conducted in Latin America (Mesoamerican Reef or Caribbean Basin), 3) building resilience in restoration efforts in the face of global climate change, and 4) advancing solutions for scaling restoration practices. The program (hereinafter, the "Program") will be implemented in the web domain https://waveofchange.com/es/ (the "Web Page") in accordance with the following legal bases (hereinafter, the "Bases" or "Legal Bases").

Wave of Change is Iberostar’s pioneering movement leading responsible tourism. More than 80% of Iberostar’s hotels are located along the coastline. Coral reefs, mangroves, seagrasses, wetlands, dunes, and other ecosystems all play an integral role in protecting our coasts and in turn, our hotels. Our commitment to the oceans is ingrained i n our company DNA, and is one of the pioneering ways we contribute towards leading Responsible Tourism. Specifically, we have committed to having all ecosystems that surround Iberostar properties in improving ecological health alongside profitable tourism by 2030. In order to achieve this, we not only need science-based targets that align with global goals (for example, the IUCN target to achieve 30% ocean protection by 2030, or the UN SDG14.2 target to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts), but investigative research to achieve those targets. That means a rigorous, science-based and expert-informed approach to our actions in coastal health. In specific cases, we also aim to share our findings in the peer-reviewed literature such that our learnings from Coastal Health may be applicable to the greater research community. This allows for efforts such as Wave of Change to bring much-needed science and research in surprising new settings.


Wave of Change and the Iberostar Foundation announces grants for the creation of a research fund up to a maximum amount of $20,000 dollars, divided into four scholarships totalling a maximum of $5,000 each. In addition to any publicized calls for application, this call will also be included on the Wave of Change website (www.waveofchange.com).

The acceptance of each and every one of the terms and conditions contained in this document is a necessary condition for the purposes of participation in the Program. Participation in the Program implies the unconditional acceptance of these Legal Bases.


The purpose of this call is to support researchers and practitioners by financing original research projects advancing the scientific knowledge for techniques and technologies for restoring coral reefs, with their own entity, well focused and of scientific quality and/or initiatives that put into practice techniques focused on the advancement of reef restoration as a common practice.

3.1. Participants' requirements

Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to researching or implementing solutions for the successful restoration of tropical coral reef ecosystems. They can be candidates for masters or doctoral degrees, early career researchers, or active members of organizations that are working towards solutions or topics that fit in the designated categories.

Participation in the Program is free of charge and all individuals who are of legal age may participate in it provided they meet the conditions set out in this document. Persons who do not meet these conditions cannot participate in the Program.

The submitted applications must be individual, and each participant may only present a single project of their own, and in no case by third parties.

3.2. Characteristics and conditions of the grant

The four grants with an endowment of $5,000 dollars each are categorized in the following four topics. We will award one grant per topic.

Grant nº 1: Goals of reef restoration

Defining the objectives of the restoration is the first step to identify which restoration methods to use, the costs required, which stakeholders to partner with, and the timeline and scale of the restoration program. Our proposed goals of restoration for Iberostar’s Wave of Change are first to improve coastal protection, then restoration for increasing fish biomass (if possible, fish biomass important for local food security), optimizing local biodiversity. We aim to do so while optimizing resilience to expected threats from climate change at scale in at least the locations where our operations persist.

This scholarship is intended to support restoration work that maximizes the coral community’s collective understanding of how to perform restoration that 1) quantitatively increases coastal protection 2) quantitatively increases fish biomass (particularly though not limited to species of commercial interest) 3) develops methods for increasing interspecific diversity in restoration programs. The project is only required to address and advance at least one of the three categories of restoration.

For projects that 1) quantitatively increase coastal protection, this indicates a) field methods for quantifying rugosity of restoration efforts b) field methods for increasing rugosity or structure of restoration efforts c) quantifying the rugosity needed for achieving restoration (i.e. mapping) or d) other. For projects that 2) quantitatively increase fish biomass, this indicates a) studies associating fish populations with coral species relevant in restoration b) restoration with goals to achieve higher fish biodiversity c) study of trophic structure to understand impact of altering coral communities on fish populations or d) other. For projects that 3) develop methods for increasing interspecific diversity in restoration programs, this indicates a) restoration efforts maintaining more than two genera of species, ideally with more than two genera outplanted b) studies or methods for better techniques in the nursery growth or outplanting of more than two genera of species c) studies or methods comparing success rates of multiple genera of reef-building coral in nursery or outplanting efforts or d) other.

There is no geographic limitation to the work conducted in this category.

Grant nº 2: Reef restoration in Latin America & the Caribbean Basin

The coral reefs of Latin America are some of the largest, most financially important, and most endangered of reef ecosystems, yet there is still limited research, restoration, and education of this resource. This scholarship is intended to support work that further advances the discovery (outreach and research), protection, and restoration of coral reefs in latin america and the Caribbean basin.

This scholarship is intended to support restoration work that is conducted in reefs in the Mesoamerican barrier reef or in the Caribbean basin that have limited access to resources. The work can include programs for outreach, programs in research, programs focused on marine protection and simultaneous reef restoration, or projects focused on establishing new efforts of restoration in the region.  

The research or project must be conducted in the mesoamerican barrier reef or in the Caribbean basin.

Grant nº 3: Confronting global warming (building resilience) 

Bleaching poses one of the greatest threats to reefs worldwide and subsequently any restoration efforts that are in place today. This scholarship is intended to support research on methods that help prepare reef restoration efforts for increased bleaching, acidification, hypoxia, or sea level rise.

The scholarship is intended to support 1) rapid assays of existing variability in tolerance to stressors expected from global warming 2) measurement of tradeoffs in traits associated with resilience to stressors expected from global warming 3) assessment of diversity of extant populations for traits associated with resilience to global warming 4) other. While the scholarship is open to work on experimental assisted gene flow or burgeoning technologies for reducing stresses of climate change on restoration efforts, priority will be placed on projects demonstrating immediate applicability in restoration efforts. 

There is no geographic limitation to the work conducted in this category.

Grant nº4: Solutions for scaling

There are still many logistical, technical, and financial barriers to scaling reef restoration around the world. From programs that coordinate volunteers to engineering solutions to novel financing mechanisms for reef restoration, this scholarship is intended to further support these efforts to help the practice scale at large.

Eligibility for this scholarship can include 1) projects that employ community education and involvement in the quantifiable scaling of restoration projects 2) technology for scaling restoration efforts in water or on land 3) multi-sectoral collaboration on solutions for scaling 4) projects that innovate novel funding mechanisms or expand the financial resources available for restoration efforts or 5) other.

There is no geographic limitation to the work conducted in this category.

The four research projects will have to be carried out within a maximum period of one year from the time the aid is awarded.

3.3. Research project requirements

Research projects for which aid is requested must have the following characteristics:

  1. The main topic of the research project must be related to one of the four categories mentioned in the previous section, and can be addressed from any academic discipline or through the work of practitioners or managers.
  2. Not having been carried out before the date of granting the aid. This implies that data collection has been carried out after the concession and within a maximum period of one year from it. Actions to promote or publicize projects already carried out will not be financed.
  3. Not having specific financing that covers the same costs that are intended to be financed with the aid. The applicant must provide an express declaration that they do not receive alternative financing from another source to cover the same items that appear in the application.
  4. Research projects must be original and not incur scientific fraud or plagiarism. The works considered as plagiarism according to current regulations will be disqualified. Likewise, the participants in this Program exempt the Organizer and its collaborators from any responsibility derived from plagiarism or any other transgression of current legislation, guaranteeing, by accepting these conditions, that they are the owners of the intellectual property rights without infringing the rights of third parties.

3.4. Documentation to present

Candidates must submit the documentation (in either English or Spanish) by emailing to the following e-mail direction: info@waveofchange.com

  1. One letter of support, (for example, from one of the following categories)
  2. Currículum vitae (CV) of the primary investigator
  3. Cover letter, addressing the fit of the project to the category of application
  4. Proposal for project to be carried out with a maximum length of four single-space pages including
  5. Budget of the research project broken down by items, justifying the different concepts to which the requested aid will be destined, such as consumables, equipment, travel, etc. You cannot include institutional overhead, salary, staff fees, or equipment worth more than 250U$D without express justification for how the equipment directly advances the project.
  6. Express declaration that it does not receive financing from another source to cover the same concepts that appear in the application. In the event that any other type of aid or financing is available from public or private sources, it must be specified by providing the appropriate documentation.

3.5. Obligations of the beneficiary

Beneficiaries must sign a letter of acceptance of the aid, once it has been awarded.

Likewise, you must carry out the research project for which the aid has been granted within the foreseen period of time.

Six months after the granting of the aid, the beneficiary will present a preliminary report describing the evolution of her work. Likewise, they must present, 45 days after the end of the research project, the following documentation:

  1. An executive summary detailing main results of the project.
  2. A statement confirming that the award was used exclusively to advance the project
  3. A report of expenses incurred for the amount awarded, which must have been made after the award of the aid. If possible, proof of payments (tickets, receipts or invoices) should be provided

In the event that (i) the beneficiary fail to comply with any of the conditions, (ii) or are unable to benefit from the award for any reason, (iii) or the beneficiary is disqualified for failure to comply with the terms of the Bases, or (iv) the beneficiary does not accept the award in a timely manner, the right to the award will be forfeited.

The Organizer may ask for any information or documentation to prove that they meet the conditions to be participants and beneficiaries of the Program. This information will be requested by email, and the participant will have a period of five (5) calendar days from the sending of the email for its delivery.

In addition to the above, the beneficiaries, upon request by the Organizer, will make their best efforts to collaborate with the Organizer to publicize the existence of the Program and the granting of the award for the purposes set out in these Bases. This predisposition may include, among others, the recording of a video, the publication of a representative photograph or publicity to an eventual corporate interview (Hereinafter, the "Audiovisual Material"). The Audiovisual Material must in all cases be provided by the beneficiary, who will give his or her express consent to use it for the purposes set out in this paragraph. The Audiovisual Material will have the mere effect of publicizing the existence of the Program and the award in the usual communication channels of the Iberostar Group, including the Website and social networks.

For the purposes of the previous paragraph, the beneficiary with the mere participation in the Program and consequent acceptance of the Bases firmly and irrevocably assigns the rights to exhibit, edit and disseminate the Audiovisual Material for its use for information and publicity purposes. This assignment does not imply any obligation on the part of Iberostar to use the images. The consent given is free of charge, with a worldwide scope and for the time that Iberostar deems necessary for the proper achievement of the purposes described above, and under the provisions of the General Regulations on Data Protection and the Spanish Law 1/1982 on Civil Protection of the Right to Honor, Personal and Family Privacy and Personal Image.

The assignment of intellectual property rights of the multimedia material does not generate or grant any economic rights, reimbursement, payment of fees or royalties of any kind for the participants.


The period for submitting applications will be open from August 7, 2020 to November 9, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Until this date, Iberostar Foundation reserves the right to withdraw this call or modify the terms and conditions of the Program.


To analyze and assess the applications submitted to each aid, a selection panel will be set up with the aim of guaranteeing the impartiality and transparency of the award, which will be made up of the following people:

  1. Lisa Carne - Fragments of Hope
  2. Dr. Maya Trotz - Fragments of Hope
  3. Tom Moore - NOAA
  4. Dr. Ernesto Arias - CINVESTAV
  5. Dr. Edwin Hernandez - U Puerto Rico
  6. Dr. Carly Kenkel - USC
  7. Dr. Rebecca Albright - California Academy of Sciences
  8. Dr. Sergio Rossi - University of Salento
  9. Ken Nedimyer - Reef Renewal

In the event of a tie in the score between two or more candidates, the casting vote of the president of the selection committee will decide.

5.1. Selection process and evaluation of applications

The selection panel will carry out a process to select the candidates and evaluate the applications submitted based on the following specific criteria and scores:


The selection panel will decide the aid winners after the planned deliberative meeting has been held. The decisions of the Selection Committee will be final.

The selection panel reserves the possibility of making consultations for its decision-making when evaluating the proposals presented by the applicants and may request at any time in the process the supporting documentation it deems appropriate.

The selection panel may declare this call for young researchers void.

In the event that a person selected by the selection panel renounces an aid, candidates will be offered in reserve, following the order of priority established by the selection panel.

Any question not covered in these rules will be resolved by the selection panel


The scholarship awarded in this call will be personally communicated to the beneficiaries. The Iberostar Foundation will make the communication to the winning people through the electronic address or the telephone number provided in the registration.

Likewise, the communication of the nomination of the winning person will be disseminated through the communication channels provided by the Iberostar Foundation, Iberostar Group and Wave of Change.


Participation in this call for aid implies knowledge and acceptance of these rules. Those applications that do not meet the established requirements or do not present the requested documentation in due time and form, will be excluded.


The grant is compatible with other international, national, regional or local grants, and it is the responsibility of the person receiving the grant to observe that they do not incur incompatibilities with respect to other grants received.

Under no circumstances, applicants may not contact the people who are part of the selection panel to request information about the status of their application or any aspect related to the selection process. If this case occurs, the candidate would be excluded from the aid.

In any case, people who are in a situation of conflict of interest in relation to these standards may receive help for young researchers. Members of the selection panel family cannot participate, as well as others determined by the selection committee itself.


The personal data processing carried out within the scope of the Wave of Change Scholarships program are subject to the provisions set forth in Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 (General Data Protection Regulation), in the Spanish Organic Law 3/2018, of December 5, on the Protection of Personal Data and guarantee of digital rights (hereinafter the Data Protection Laws), as well as in the privacy policy that you can find in the following LINK.

The personal data of the members of the selection panel as well as the applicants will be processed by Iberostar Foundation and other companies of the Iberostar Group for the following purposes: management and control of the program, fulfillment of legal obligations and divulgation of the activities carried out within the framework of the Wave of Change initiative. The data subjects have the rights to access their personal data, request its rectification, deletion or portability, the limitation of its processing, to oppose the said processing, as well as to file a claim with a supervisory authority. To request the exercise of these rights, the interested party can contact the Iberostar Group Data Protection Officer at privacy.dpd@grupoiberostar.com. Additional and detailed information on the processing carried out within the scope of the the scope of the Wave of Change Scholarships program and their data Protection rights are provided in the privacy policy of the Wave of Change scholarship program.


The Organizer reserves the right to disqualify all participants who act in an abusive and fraudulent manner, and any of the participants who deceive, hide or falsify the participation data, or participate with different personal data or fail to comply with any of the conditions of these Bases.

The Organizer also reserves the right to verify identity, to check that they are not fictitious or created specifically to participate in the Program and/or to carry out multiple participations, and the Organizer may freely disqualify these participants who carry out these practices in the face of any suspicion or indication.


The resolution of all questions that may arise or be raised about the interpretation of the Rules will be the exclusive responsibility of the organizer.

Likewise, participation in a Program of this nature implies acceptance of the rules of the platform (Web Page) where the contest takes place.


These Bases are governed by Spanish Law. Participants accept that any dispute that may arise from the interpretation or execution of the rules will be expressly submitted to the jurisdiction of the Courts and/or Tribunals of Palma de Mallorca, renouncing their own jurisdiction if any.