BES Ecology grants now open for 2023 applications

As part of our vision for a world in which people and nature thrive, we’re delighted to announce that from today (January 11th) we are accepting applications for the first round of the 2023 grants cycle.

The waters surface splits the scene in two: above the water a small research vessel drifts through the seas, bellow two scuba divers install cages on the sandy sea bed surrounded by lumps of coral.
Underwater Research in Fiji. Credit: Andreas Eich.

During our 2023 grants cycle we will be awarding over £400,000 to fund innovative ecological research projects, intriguing outreach projects and furthering early ecological careers.

We also offer training and travel grants so that early career ecologists can continue to build crucial skills, network and share their latest research with the ecological community.

Our available grants for 2023 are:

Ecological 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.

Dr James Ryalls, a previous BES large research grant recipient, said:

‘’I would strongly encourage others to apply for a Small and Large BES research grant. They provide invaluable opportunities to manage a research project that will enhance your research skills/outcomes and increase your chances of obtaining a fellowship/further funding that will propel your career to the next level.’’

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Ecology Outreach Grants

We actively encourage our members to promote ecological science to a wide audience and offer grants of up to £2,000.

Ndimuh Bertrand Shancho, a previous BES outreach grant recipient, said:

‘’The BES grant helped me to realise my long-standing passion of educating and engaging young ecologists in conserving the world’s largest frog, goliath frog, in the Mount Nlonako area. The grant has undoubtedly marked a great turning point in my engagement in the studying of the amphibian’s ecology.’’



Ecologists in Africa Grants

This grant provides support of up to £8,000 for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research.

Dr Rebecca Karanja, a previous BES Ecologists in Africa grant recipient, said:

‘’At Kenyatta University the grant gave me some academic mileage whereby I was selected as the chairman of research innovations and linkages committee and a member of the University School of Pure and Applied Sciences committee.

“I was able to lead proposal writing as a principal applicant for JRS Biodiversity Foundation and the proposal is under review. My two research assistants got very interested in invasive species ecology and they are in the process of developing PhD proposals.’’

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Clinging to a thin branch, the red-eyed tree frog calls out for a mate illuminated in vivid colour against the dark black cover of night.
Clinging to a thin branch, the red-eyed tree frog calls out for a mate. Credit: Sam J. England.

Training and Travel Grants

Every year, we support over 70 students and early career researchers to attend training and present at conferences that they might have missed otherwise without the grant support.

Georgios Kerametsidis, a previous BES training and travel grant recipient, said:

‘’Receiving this travel grant from BES not only facilitated my attendance in the ECS 2022, but also greatly boosted my CV which, I think, is vital for any early career scientist seeking to succeed in the competitive world of academia.’’



Applying for our 2023 Grants Cycle

Applications for the first round open on the 11th of January and Close on the 15th of March. All applications go through a peer review process and are scored by three members of our review college with relevant experience in the application topic.

All applicants will find out within 2 months of the 15th of March deadline if they were successful.

Applications for the second round will open July 5th.

To find out more about each individual grant and apply you can click here.

If you have any questions, please speak to Dylan, our grants officer,