Research Grants – The British Ecological Society

These grants support scientific ecological research where there are limited alternative sources of funding. Small projects can be awarded up to £5,000 and early career ecologists can apply for funding up to £20,000.

Application Deadline

Midnight Friday 27 March 2015

DETAILS: http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/grants-awards/research-grants/

 

The objectives of the grant are to provide funding:

  • for new and innovative ecological research
  • for pump priming projects
  • to help early career ecologists to establish an independent research career in ecology.

Eligibility and Conditions

Grants up to £5,000

  • These grants are given to individuals, not organisations
  • Only current BES members may apply
  • Applicants cannot use a Research Grant to fund a component of a larger, already funded study
  • Funding is not available for work that will form part of a degree/thesis/fellowship
  • Applications to take part in an expedition will not be considered. However, we will consider applications for a stand alone research project which is taking place during an expedition
  • Applicants are responsible for obtaining all relevant permits and permissions required to undertake the proposed work
  • Applications for projects based outside the UK should demonstrate appropriate liaison with collaborating organisations, local environmental agencies, NGOs and/or communities
  • Funding towards attendance at a conference will NOT be considered for this grant type
  • BES will not award more than one grant to any one applicant in any one year, and no more than three grants in any five year period. Failure to submit a satisfactory report at the end of a grant will mean the grantee is ineligible to apply for further grants

Grants over £5,000 up to a limit of £20,000

  • These grants are given to individuals, not organisations
  • Only current BES members may apply
  • They are limited to ecologists at an early stage in their career. In the absence of extenuating circumstances, ‘early career’ is defined as less than 5 years post- Ph.D. or -D.Phil. experience according to the date of your graduation certificate.
  • The investigator must have a Ph.D. or D.Phil., or have submitted a thesis that will have been examined by the time the application is submitted
  • The investigator must demonstrate that the project is distinct from other current research activities, or if there is any overlap, that it would substantially extend their existing research into new and distinct areas
  • The investigator should undertake at least part of the research him/herself
  • Funding is not given to individuals who already have full time permanent academic positions in universities or equivalent positions in research institutes
  • Those who have received an early career grant are ineligible from applying again
  • Applicants cannot use a Research Grant to fund a component of a larger study
  • Applicants are responsible for obtaining all relevant permits and permissions required to undertake the proposed work
  • Applications for projects based outside the UK should demonstrate liaison with collaborating organisations, local environmental agencies, NGOs and/or communities
  • Costs for travel funds to attend a conference and present work relevant to the project will be considered. The name of the conference and a justification for attendance should be highlighted within the application
  • Requests to cover publication costs will NOT be considered