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Bentham-Moxon Trust Grant

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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Deadline: Sep 30, 2020

Grant amount: Up to £11,000

Fields of work: Horticulture & Gardening Mycology Botany

Applicant type: Research Scientist, Faculty

Funding uses: Conference, Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United Kingdom

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NOTE: Recognising the huge impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on all aspects of life and the uncertainties this will have on grant-related activities the Bentham-Moxon Trust has suspended new applications for grants this calendar year. The next grant application round will be delayed until January 2021, at the earliest.

The mission of the Bentham-Moxon Trust is to provide financial support for botanical collections and research that further the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Grants are made in five main areas:

  • Plant and fungal collection and field research expeditions- The Trust is keen to support plant and fungal collecting and field research expeditions although it is seldom able to provide the entire cost. Where it has been able to assist expeditions, it has generally been by supporting an individual member of the expedition or helping with equipment cost or funding an extension to the expedition. The Trust is keen to support expeditions with a conservation impact.
  • Overseas botanists and mycologists visiting, training or working at Kew. Visiting botanists and mycologists have been able to significantly increase the value of their time at Kew by undergoing training or visiting neighbouring botanical or mycological institutions. The Trust has made grants to cover the cost of the extra training or travel as part of a capacity building programme. The application has to be made by a Kew staff member on behalf of the overseas botanist or mycologist. The Trust expects that the overseas botanist or mycologist will have their salaries covered by their home institution.
  • Travel to botanical and mycological institutions- This type of award enables research to proceed when botanical or mycological specimens are not available for study at RBG, Kew.
  • Travel to and presenting at conferences- The Trust provides assistance when special circumstances make it difficult for a departmental budget to cover the costs. It would usually be expected that there is a good case for Kew to be represented and that a person’s attendance would be valuable to the work of Kew. Funding is provided to enable a presentation (oral or poster) to be made at the Conference, and funds are not normally provided for attendance only. Applications for conference attendance are only accepted from individuals who are presenting. Group applications are no longer accepted.
  • Preserving and maintaining Wildflowers at Kew and Wakehurst- The Trust provides awards to preserve and maintain Wildflowers at Kew and Wakehurst. The Trust has made awards for mapping and collecting seed of rare native wildflowers and establishing bee hives to support pollination. These awards are made possible through the Marjorie Hurley Fund. The Trust's discretionary funds are relatively small and individual grant awards are fairly modest. Matched funding is encouraged. 

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  • Staff of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: 
    • Kew staff will have discussed their application with their line manager and have their written support.
  • Other applicants: 
    • Other botanists, mycologists and horticulturists will have discussed their application with staff at Kew and secured their support.
    • A supporting statement must be provided by their Kew sponsor.

This page was last reviewed July 21, 2020 and last updated July 21, 2020