ACA: Grants in Biodiversity

Alberta Conservation Association (ACA)

Grant amount: Up to US $20,000

Deadline: Nov 30, 2018 3:00pm PST

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Canada

Location of residency: Canada

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The Goal of this program is to:

  • Increase knowledge of Alberta’s heritage of living resources, specifically the flora and fauna as researched at the student level
  • Promote the development of highly qualified, Alberta-based conservation biologists.

Applications can deal with the study of Alberta's flora and fauna at any biological level, but such studies should be directly anchored in the real world. Thus, for example, experimental laboratory studies dealing with beetle chromosomes, must be tied directly to that organism in nature. Impact-type studies, such as those involving human-induced environmental change will be considered, but such manipulations must be process oriented and related to flora and fauna change.

The program supports research in fields of:

  • biodiversity
  • conservation biology and ecology
  • research on management of flora and fauna all broadly construed;
    • all kinds of organisms are covered

The program runs in collaboration with the Alberta Co-operative Conservation Research Unit, which represents a consortium of Alberta universities including University of Alberta, University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge. ACA’s annual contribution to the fund is $225,000. Although field studies have been more successful in obtaining ACA Grants in Biodiversity, genetics and lab studies have also been funded.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The applicant must be a graduate student associated with a university.
  • The applicant can come from any university in the world as long as the proposed research is being done in Alberta.
  • Applicants do not have to attend universities in Alberta, but their thesis research must be Alberta-based.
    • Many recipients remain in Alberta after completing their degree programs.
  • Applicants may apply for support for only one project per year.
  • Graduate students must provide proof of acceptance in a graduate program including date of entry (see Application Instructions for acceptable proof).
  • Funds may be used to:
    • pay direct costs of research such as employment of student assistants
    • travel support
    • rental of equipment
    • field subsistence
    • purchase of supplies and incidentals
    • and other research-related expenses for the student engaged in the research
  • Capital Equipment Purchases (which are covered up to the level described in the Application Instructions) are expected to become property of the ACA at the end of the student's graduate program.
  • For projects that span multiple provinces, the ACA Grants in Biodiversity will only fund the proportion of the study that occurs in Alberta.
  • Previous grant recipients may only apply again if they are:
    • in a new degree program, and
    • the research project is totally separate from what was ACA funded in the past


  • Priority will be given to MSc students in the first two years of their program and and PhD students in the first three years of their program respectively.


  • Graduate students are not eligible for more than one award for each degree-granting program.
  • Students who have received any prior funding from ACA, or whose supervisors have received funding for any part of the proposed project, are not eligible to apply.
  • Once an application for funding support has been submitted to the ACA Grants in Biodiversity program, the project will NOT be eligible for consideration in the ACA Research Grants program.
  • The ACA Grants in Biodiversity will not support:
    • Postdoctoral fellows.
    • MSc research beyond the third year of a graduate program.
    • PhD beyond the fourth year of a graduate program.
    • Supervisor-written proposals.
    • Overhead and grantee salary/stipends.
    • Use of funds to pay the salary of the grantee, or to purchase a single piece of equipment exceeding the value outlined in the Application Instructions.