ASAB: Research Grants

The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

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Next anticipated deadline: Oct 1, 2020

Later anticipated deadlines: Feb 1, 2021, Jun 1, 2021

Grant amount: Up to £1,000

Fields of work: Animal Behavior (Ethology)

Applicant type: Research Scientist, Faculty, Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Conference, Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Degree requirements: Applicants must have a completed PhD

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NOTE: ASAB has decided to go ahead with this application round for applications meeting the following conditions in relation to coronavirus:

  • That all aspects of the proposed project can be carried out on schedule under the coronavirus regulations/restrictions/limitations in force on the application deadline (1st June) at localities relevant to the project.
  • That the project has a start date before 31st Jan 2021.

ASAB was founded in 1936 to promote the study of animal behaviour

Membership is open to all who share our interests. There are now around 1000 members, the majority drawn from Britain and Europe. Many members are professional biologists who work in universities, research institutes, and schools.

ASAB is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community, and aims to ensure fair and equitable representation and participation throughout all of ASAB’s activities and in the wider animal behaviour research community, irrespective of characteristics including but not limited to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.

Research Grants

Research Grants of up to £10,000 support

  • promising pilot research projects that are at too early a stage to attract funding from larger funding agencies such as the UK Research Councils, and
  • small-scale projects, that, although worthwhile, are unlikely to attract funding from alternative sources.

Grants may be made to allow the applicant to travel to conduct collaborative research, or to bring a collaborator to the applicant's institution for the same purpose.

The Grants & Awards Committee will consider research projects in all areas of animal behaviour, defined as the sphere of interest of papers published in Animal Behaviour.

Funding Criteria

All applications are judged on the quality of the research proposed and applicants should note that attention is paid by the Grants Committee to the relevance and likely impact of the proposed work, the plan of research, whether it can be completed in the time proposed, the reason why this research is important, how it fits with previous research, and, if a pilot study, the future directions of this research.

Applicants should clearly outline their procedure and how the results will be analysed. One common shortcoming of applications is that they provide insufficient information regarding the proposed methodology for the Committee to evaluate the proposal. Applicants must also justify the reasons for the funding requested, with a full breakdown of costs.

What do Research Grants Fund?

Funds may be awarded for equipment, research expenses, and the salary of a research assistant or PI, provided that payment is made on an approved scale. Travel and subsistence expenses may also be funded if it is necessary to travel to another site to undertake the research. Grants will not exceed £10,000, although applications for smaller amounts are encouraged. The funding process is competitive and the Committee may take into account the amount of funds an applicant requests as well as how expenditure is justified in reaching a decision whether to fund a project.

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


  • Applicants must be members of ASAB.
    • Please note that membership must be held for a minimum of 1 year prior to applying for funds (if in doubt, details of membership can be obtained from the Membership Secretary).
  • The fund is open to all applicants who have a PhD, regardless of age and experience, although in the event of competition for funds preference may be given to applicants early in their career and first-time applicants. 

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. Applicants must be members of ASAB. Please note that membership must be held for a minimum of 1 year prior to applying for funds (if in doubt, details of membership can be obtained from the Membership Secretary).


  • Retrospective applications will not be considered.
  • Grants will not be awarded towards work that (partially) fulfils the requirements of an undergraduate or graduate degree, whether of the applicant or other person.