Other funders

Funding opportunities outside of the British Ecological Society

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Alan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust
Currently funds individuals as well as charitable organisations. Funding to individuals includes up to £300 for gap year costs and funding to cover final year PhD tuition fees.

Each quarter, Antibodies.com offers a travel grant up to £500 to help cover the cost of attending a conference. These travel grants are open to PhD candidates, lab managers, and post-docs from academic research institutions in the US or Europe. The grant is intended to help cover the costs of registration, accommodation, and travel to a conference of choice.

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
Offers Undergraduates and Graduate Alumni’s travel awards to attend the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.

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
Offers grants and fellowships in support of academic research. Early Career Fellowships provide career development opportunities for those with a proven record of research who do not hold, or have not held a full-time established academic post in a UK university or comparable institution. Research Fellowships support experienced researchers in any discipline, to complete a piece of research. Research Project Grants support researchers based at universities, institutions of higher education or registered charities with university-equivalent research capacity, to undertake an innovative and original research project.

L’Oreal – UNESCO for Women in Science Programme
UK, Ireland and International Fellowships aimed at promoting women in scientific research.

Linnean Society
Disburses a limited number of small grants to a total of approximately £30,000 in any one year, as well as awards of medals and prizes for outstanding work in the biological sciences.

MCED award for ecological modelling
Young modelers can apply, who finished their bachelor, masters, or PhD degree within the last 3 years. The MCED award follows the textbook for ecological modelling, which provides a curriculum for ecological modeling for students, either for a university course or for self-learning.

The Mount Everest Foundation provide funding to mountaineering and scientific expeditions whose primary aim is to reach unclimbed peaks, document unexplored regions or to gather new knowledge. Their funding focuses on expeditions involving Post-Graduate and Early Career Researchers but established researchers wishing to pilot larger field research programmes will also be considered.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
NERC funds excellent, world-leading research across the environmental sciences.

Nuffield Foundation
The Strategic Fund is a rare opportunity for researchers to develop original and challenging ideas, to work collaboratively across disciplines, and to influence social policy in a period of rapid change and uncertainty for our society.

Old Chalk New Downs Project
The Old Chalk New Downs Project is offering conservation grants of up to £10,000 for capital work proposals that contribute to securing habitat connectivity and improving access across the project area. They are keen to support capital work for enhancement and management of chalk grassland, hedges and ponds.

Rothamsted International
The Fellowship scheme is managed by Rothamsted International and enables scientists from developing and emerging countries to carry out research projects for 6 to 12 months in collaboration with partner scientists at Rothamsted Research, to promote the exchange of vital scientific research skills to help agricultural and environmental needs in developing and emerging countries.

The Royal Geographical Society
Awards over 70 grants in excess of £180,000 annually to experienced researchers working on cutting-edge projects and to teams of young geographers who are looking to get out into the field for the first time. This includes Student Grants, Research Grants and Teaching Grants.

Call for applicants for upcoming 2021/2022 grant deadlines
The Society has a number of grants for postgraduates and early-career researchers to support geographical research and fieldwork. Deadlines vary but many are clustered in November, and then again in January and February.

Postgraduate grants – most around £2k. Unless specified the grants are open to applications from across the breadth of geography.
RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Awards (deadline 23 November 2021)
Slightly later deadlines
Monica Cole Research Grant (deadline 18 January 2022) (for physical geography)
Henrietta Hutton Research Grant (deadline 18 January 2022)
Frederick Soddy Award (deadline 18 January 2022) (a larger grant for research on a region)
The Slawson Awards (deadline 22 February 2022) (for research on development issues)

Grants for early career researchers
RGS-IBG Small Research Grants (deadline 18 January 2022)
Environment and Sustainability Research Awards (deadline 22 February 2022)

Senior research grants
Gilchrist Fieldwork Award (£15,000, applications from geographers, ecologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, earth and environmental scientists, and researchers from related fields are all strongly encouraged)
Ralph Brown Expedition Award (£12,500 for research in aquatic environments)
Thesiger-Oman International Fellowship (£8000 for research in arid environments)
Walters Kundert Fellowship (£10,000 for research in Arctic and/or high-mountain environments)

Royal Society
Supports mainly UK scientists from postdoctoral level to senior professorships and also offer grants for a variety of purposes ranging from conference travel to the modernisation of laboratories.

Rufford Small Grants Foundation
Aimed at small conservation programmes and pilot projects across the developing world.

Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP)
The world’s biggest conservation and sustainable development challenges demand innovative solutions. The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) believes successful solutions require more than a single organization or sector acting alone. SNAPP’s request for proposals aims to find new cross-sector and interdisciplinary teams willing to do science differently for lasting impact.

Tropical Biology Association (TBA)
The TBA gives scientists the skills, support and confidence to manage natural resources in tropical regions effectively and sustainably, through tailor-made courses coupled with long-term support.

Whitley Awards
Whitley Awards 2021 will provide funding, training and support to grassroots conservation leaders in the Global South and put an international spotlight on winners’ work.

Wild Animal Initiative
Wild Animal Initiative funds high-impact research into neglected questions about wild animals’ lives. They are currently soliciting proposals on the welfare and ecology of juvenile wild animals. Grants are from 25,000 to 250,000 USD. Submit an expression of interest by August 29, 2021 to be considered.

Wildlife Acoustics
To support the advancement of animal biology research, habitat monitoring and environmental conservation, Wildlife Acoustics is proud to offer a grant program that provides scientists with resources to help further their research into the study of bats, birds, frogs and other vocal wildlife. Every quarter, Wildlife Acoustics will give away up to $5,000 worth of products to grant recipients worldwide. Recipients also have the opportunity to have their work featured on our website and social media channels.

The Woodland Trust
The Woodland Trust offers Small Research Grants (£5,000 – £20,000), awarded to novel applied research projects that aim to address issues facing the conservation of the UK’s native woods and trees, within two years.
Applications are particularly encouraged from minority groups and early career researchers.