Birdfair/RSPB Research Fund for Endangered Birds

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)


Grant amount: Up to US $2,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 31, 2018

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Overview:

Overview

Around 600 bird species are listed as globally Endangered or Critically Endangered.

These are the rarest and most threatened species on the planet. Yet some of them are so poorly known that it is difficult to know what to do to help them. Some of them have not even been seen for many years. This fund allows researchers working in their own countries to undertake basic research on these species to generate the knowledge we need to design conservation actions.

Objectives

  • To support local ornithologists to undertake research on the world's most threatened birds.
  • To publicise their findings.
  • To raise the capacity of researchers in developing countries.

The Birdfair/RSPB Research Fund for Endangered Birds

The British Birdwatching Fair (Birdfair) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) together provide grants to support research projects on any birds listed by IUCN as “Endangered”, “Critically Endangered” or “Data Deficient”. Grants of up to a maximum of US $2,000 are awarded, but funds are limited and demand is extremely high, so smaller requests are more likely to succeed than larger ones. Funding is for scientific research only, and is not provided for undertaking actions such as awareness raising, advocacy or education. Projects that might qualify include searches for species with no or few currently known occupied sites, ecological research on poorly known species and work that clarifies the taxonomic or conservation status of threatened species. 

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

Eligibility:

  • Before you apply, please make sure that the species you intend to study qualifies for these grants by being classified as Endangered (EN), Critically Endangered (CR) or Data Deficient (DD) by BirdLife International on the IUCN Red List.
  • Also, please see whether your research addresses any of the priority conservation actions identified for the species by BirdLife International.
  • All this information is available here.

Preferences:

  • Priority is given to researchers working in their own country, particularly where they are working for or in collaboration with the local BirdLife Partner, and to researchers addressing research requirements identified as priorities by BirdLife International.
  • BirdLife Partners themselves are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • Applications from BirdLife Species Guardians are particularly welcomed.

Ineligibility:

  • If the species you intend to study is not classified as Endangered (EN), Critically Endangered (CR) or Data Deficient (DD) by BirdLife International on the IUCN Red List, your application will be rejected immediately. 
  • Funding is not provided for undertaking actions such as awareness raising, advocacy or education.
  • Funds are not usually provided for international flights.