Research with Primates

Members of the American Society of Primatologists (ASP) conduct research on nonhuman primates both in the field, studying wild primates, and with captive colonies. This research addresses a broad range of questions related to behavior, social organization, population dynamics, biology, health, and cognition, as well as primate conservation and care. We share our research at annual meetings, via educational activities, and through scientific publications, such as our Society journal, the American Journal of Primatology.

The Society supports and encourages high-quality, impactful, and ethical primate research. We employ several mechanisms to support and recognize outstanding research in primatology. We promote the advancement of early career researchers by providing a community where primatologists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines can share their work and receive helpful feedback towards the goal of refining our research practices and knowledge. We liaise with other scientific societies concerned with the study and use of primates. We encourage all those who conduct research on primates to join the society and attend a meeting to find their community of peers. We provide support and training for practitioners, students, and primatologists working around the globe.

Grants are available for research conducted by ASP members. Preference is given to research projects with clear testable hypotheses that will add to the general knowledge in primatology, as highlighted by the work of previous awardees. More information about ASP Research Grants and other funding mechanisms provided by the Society can be found on our Grants page.