Research Grants support scientific ecological research where there are limited alternative sources of funding. Small projects can be awarded around £5,000 and early career ecologists can apply for funding up to £20,000.
The grants support projects where there is a clear ecological science focus to the work; any other aspects, i.e. sociology, economics 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.
•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
· Only current BES members may apply
· Applicants cannot use a Research Grant to fund a component of a larger, already funded study
· Funding is not available for work that will form part of a degree or thesis
· Applications to take part in an expedition will not be considered. However, we will consider applications for a standalone 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
· 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 organizations
· 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
•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
•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.
•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 organizations, local environmental agencies, NGOs and/or communities.
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 or where they carry out their research work. Travel costs are limited to a maximum of £1,000 of the total grant. Please note that the maximum rate for car travel is 25p/mile.
Funding is available for the employment of casual and short-term assistance, 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 £2,000
•To supplement the salary of the applicant
•To cover replacement costs of the applicant
For grants of £5,000 or under, the BES will not cover the salary of the principal researcher, bench fees or the direct costs for the hire of departmental vehicles.
For grants of over £5,000, exceptionally, the awards may be used to employ the investigator him/herself where the applicant is not currently employed.
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