Our Regional Fund supports members who want to undertake public engagement activities within the UK.

Photographer Mark Tatchell at within the BES Incredible Creatures exhibition at New Scientist Live

** Please note: due to the developing COVID-19 situation, the BES has taken the decision to postpone assessment of applications to the Regional Fund involving public gatherings until further notice. However, applications remain open and are strongly encouraged for digital engagement projects **


Our Regional Fund supports members who want to undertake public engagement and science communication activities within the UK.

Our Regional Fund provides up to £1000 for activities that communicate ecology, through which we hope to build connections between researchers and diverse audiences.

Past awards have been provided for members to cover stand fees to attend festivals and events, to provide training in public engagement, and to fund internships to develop larger public engagement projects. This can also include digital events such as livestreams and podcasts.

We also aim to provide support to individuals at the start of their journey within public engagement and science communication. If you need smaller funding support, even just £50 or £100, to develop new resources or pursue opportunities you can apply for funds.

You can download our BES Regional Fund Guidelines – March 2020 for more information on activities we support. Primarily, activities must:

  • Support the wider BES strategy of sharing ecological research with wider audiences and discussing ecological issues with non-specialists
  • Be planned to take place within the UK
  • Be led by a member of the BES (you can become a member here)

To apply for funding, please download and complete our BES Regional Fund Application Form – March 2020. Applications are currently accepted throughout the year.

If you have ideas you wish to discuss before applying, please email Chris Jeffs.


Outreach Grant

The society also provides Outreach Grants of up to £2000 for activities that promote ecological science to public groups worldwide. To find out more please visit our Outreach Grant page.