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British Ecological Society Grants 2022

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Applications are open for the British Ecological Society Grants 2022. This grant provides support for Ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research.

They recognise that ecologists in Africa face unique challenges in carrying out research; their grant is designed to support you to develop your skills, experience and knowledge base as well as making connections with ecologists internationally. They support excellent ecological science in Africa by funding services and equipment.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicant should:

  • Be a scientist and a citizen of a country in Africa or its associated islands, that is a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ according to the World Bank categorisation. This currently excludes – Botswana, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Libya, Namibia and South Africa.
  • Have at least an MSc or equivalent degree.
  • Be working for a university or research institution in Africa (including field centres, NGOs, museums etc.) that provides basic research facilities.
  • Carry out the research in a country in Africa or its associated islands.

Assessment Criteria

  • The application will be judged by a panel of reviewers on the basis of your personal qualifications, the scientific excellence, novelty and feasibility of the proposal, and the academic and non-academic impact of the planned research.
  • You should demonstrate that you have made connections with ecologists in the Global North who can provide advice during the proposed project. If international travel is part of the application, you should demonstrate close links with those you propose to visit.
  • Funding is available for any area of ecological science excluding research focused solely on agriculture, forestry and bioprospecting. Please note that neither purely descriptive work nor studies that might be considered incremental will be funded.
  • The proposed project could be part of an existing program but the application should be for a clearly defined piece of research. Researchers must also show how their research will have a wider impact beyond academia.
Ecologists in Africa
Ecologists in Africa 2022

BENEFITS

  • The maximum value of a grant is £8,000 for research. An additional sum up to £2,000 may be requested to fund travel to help you develop connections with other ecologists outside your usual peer group. This must be requested at the application stage.
  • Travel funds are available to spend time working with ecologists in the Global North where facilities and experience will help you on return to your own institution.
  • Successful applicants also receive two years of free BES membership and free online access to BES journals.

HOW TO APPLY?

Applications will open on Friday 7 January 2022, with a deadline of 17:00 GMT, Friday 18 March.

Open to: scientist and a citizen of a country in Africa
Grant: 
up to 8,000 GBP

For more information, please visit the official website.

Funders:

Alan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust
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Antibodies.com
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The Big Lottery Fund
Has an ever changing group of funding programmes. Many of which have been aimed at local community projects and school grounds improvement.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Providing a range of funding opportunities to enable individuals and groups to pursue world-class bioscience research, including for academic research and training in the non-clinical life sciences.

Botanic Gardens Education Network
Promotes the positive role that active, plant-based learning can play in educational settings. (Members have access to learning resources).

Botanical Society of the British Isles
Runs a grants scheme offering awards of up to £1,000 (typically £500) to support research to enhance knowledge of the flora of the British Isles.

The Daphne Jackson Trust
Is an independent charity dedicated to returning talented scientists, engineers and technologists to careers after a break of two years or more.

Ecological Society of Americas SEEDS program
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European Research Council
Aims to support single research leaders (‘Principal Investigators’) heading a research team to conduct a frontier research project on the condition that he/she is engaged by a legally established host organisation.

European Science Foundation – Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences (LESC)
Aims to better understand biological, environmental and Earth systems across time and space; it facilitates new activities in interdisciplinary areas by initiating and funding networks and projects. Many LESC projects have involved policy makers and industry.

International Foundation for Science
Is open for project proposals from developing country scientists who meet the eligibility criteria and conduct research. Individual early career researchers in both the natural and social sciences may apply for a Basic Grant to undertake research that is innovative and/or relevant to local or national development needs and problems, and that aims to generate fundamental and/or applicable scientific knowledge.

The Leverhulme Trust
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Linnean Society
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MCED award for ecological modelling
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Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
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Nuffield Foundation
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Rothamsted International
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