"I cannot begin to explain how much this grant has changed my research career"

Ara Monadjem 2007 Overseas Bursary

Research Grants

Research Grants

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.

Deadline

The current funding round has now closed. The next round will open in July 2016. Please keep an eye on the website for updates.

To Apply

We are excited to launch our new online grants system, used to manage all grant applications.

To apply for a grant, please register online or log in if you are already registered, complete your contact details, and navigate to ‘Your Applications’

Please ensure you read through the grant guidelines below before beginning an application.

We aim to notify applicants if they have been successful or not within two months of the deadline. Shortlisted Large Research Grants applicants will be notified via email with details of how to apply to Part B.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with our Grants & Events Officer, Amy Everard

Objectives

We support projects where there is a clear ecological science focus to the work; any other aspects, i.e. sociology, economics, etc., must be clearly integrated into the ecology and scientific goals of the project. The grants are to support work of the highest international standard and applicants need to show how the work will advance ecological science.

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- we understand that there may be additional contributors to the project, however the BES contribution must make up the majority of the project funding, or form a recognisable and distinct component which would otherwise not take place. 
  • Funding is not available for work that will form part of a degree/thesis/fellowship – those who have won research fellowships that cover their salary only, can only apply for funds to cover research that is additional to, and independent of, any already funded research programme.
  • 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
  • Requests to cover publication costs will NOT be considered
  • 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 – we understand that there may be additional contributors to the project, however the BES contribution must make up the majority of the project funding, or form a recognisable and distinct component which would otherwise not take place. 
  • 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
  • If successful, on accepting a Large Research grant applicants agree to become a member of the our Review College for a minimum of 3 years.

Value

Small projects can be awarded up to £5,000 and early career ecologists can apply for funding up to £20,000.

There are no restrictions on where applicants come from nor where they carry out their research work.

Reasonable travel costs will be supported. All costs must be clearly justified within the budget section. Any costs that are not justified will not be considered.  Please note that the maximum rate for car travel is 25p/mile.

Funding is available for the employment of casual and short-term assistance (short term defined as no longer than 11 months), the purchase of small items of equipment which are essential for successful completion of the project and consumable or recurrent costs.

Funding is not available:

  • for items of equipment costing more than £1,000
  • for overheads
  • to supplement the salary of the applicant
  • to cover replacement costs of the applicant

The BES will not cover the salary of the principal researcher, bench fees or the direct costs for the hire of departmental vehicles. Living costs and subsistence will be covered where this is essential to the project being completed. These costs need to be justified within the budget section to be considered.

It is a condition of all grants that the contribution of the BES is acknowledged in any publications or publicity that may arise from this study. Please notify us of any publications supported by this funding.

Statements of Support

All applications require two personal reference statements. If the applicant is a student, at least one of these reference statements should be from their institution and verify that the proposed project is not part of a degree or thesis. We will automatically contact the referees using the email addresses provided in the application; both reference statements must be completed online before the application deadline. You will not be able to submit your application until these have been provided.

Assessment Criteria

Please note that competition for the larger grants is intense, only exceptional candidates of the highest all round standard and who are doing international level research are likely to be successful.

The assessment criteria used in reviewing grant applications are:

  • Excellence of the ecological research being proposed
  • How the project develops the hypothesis and provides evidence for the next stage of the research
  • Feasibility of the proposal
  • Promise and productivity of the applicant, and ability to work independently
  • Value for money and justification of the resources requested.

Where a grant proposal is associated with an existing funded project, the relationship of the proposal to that existing project needs to be made explicit in the application. The research should be distinct from timetabled teaching activities and should primarily have been planned and organised by the applicant.

Scoring Criteria

Find out more about how your application will be assessed by viewing the scoring criteria.

Re-submission Policy

Please note we do not accept re-submissions of the same project. Applications will be rejected without being sent out for review if they are re-submissions of a proposal rejected in a previous round, or if they represent only a minor revision of such a proposal (for example, with a modified experimental design). As a guide, in order to be significantly different, at least 80% of objectives & activities should be different to the original proposal.

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