BOU Small Research Grants

British Ornithologists' Union


Grant amount: Up to £2,000

Deadline: Nov 30, 2018

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: 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

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Overview:

BOU Mission Statement

The British Ornithologists' Union will promote understanding and conservation of the world's birds, advance ornithology within the scientific community and promote scientific ornithology to the wider birdwatching public.


The BOU’s mission will be achieved by the following objectives:

  • To maintain the publication of the Ibis as a leading international journal of ornithological science
  • To organise and/or hold an active programme of meetings and conferences.
  • To make available grants for ornithological research.
  • To facilitate liaison between those actively engaged in ornithological research.
  • To provide, as a representative of the scientific community, ornithological information and advice to government and other policy makers.
  • To maintain and publish the official British List of birds.

BOU Small Research Grants

We will fund scientific studies with clear aims and objectives (ideally with clearly stated hypotheses) where the methods are clearly explained, robust and appropriate to answering the questions asked within the application. Research can be undertaken on any bird species.


The BOU has limited funds at its disposal and grants are normally awarded to a maximum of £1000. The BOU may occasionally award a grant of up to £2000 for an exceptional application.


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

Eligibility:

  • What we fund:
    • All applications are expected to fulfill the following requirements:
      • You must be a BOU member
        • Exception – those from, and still residing/working/studying in, a developing country can apply without being a BOU member
          • Note, those from a developing country studying or working at an institute based in a developed country must be a BOU member 
      • Applications are from individuals only, not from organisations
      • The applicant must be the principal investigator for the study
      • The research must be of high scientific quality
      • The research must be interesting, innovative or a potentially high impact piece of work
      • The project is feasible in terms of resources and time allocated
      • The applicant must be competent to undertake the research
      • The project has a clearly justified budget
      • The project is a stand-alone research project, where the amount being sought is a substantial percentage of the total project budget
  • Who can apply?
    • We welcome applications from both amateurs and professionals. 
    • You must be a BOU member
      • Exception – those from, and still residing/working/studying in, a developing country can apply without being a BOU member
        • Note, those from a developing country studying or working at an institute based in a developed country must be a BOU member
    • Applications are solely from individuals who are principally responsible for undertaking the work outlined in the application.
    • Undergraduate and graduate research will be considered, but only if the research meets the following criteria:
      • where the applicant is a PhD candidate the project must be a stand-alone element and not the wider research programme (i.e. forming one chapter or paper, rather than contributing to the entire thesis);
      • the research costs applied for are not fully supported by bench fees or fieldwork elements within a studentship or research council award.
    • The BOU may also consider applications for funding exceptional requirement(s)/opportunities which were unforeseen at the planning/start of a project, but which arise during the work.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. You must be a BOU member. Exception: those from, and still residing/working/studying in, a developing country can apply without being a BOU member (Note, those from a developing country studying or working at an institute based in a developed country must be a BOU member)

Preferences:

  • Applications may be on any aspect of ornithology but the BOU will look especially favourably on areas where there are particular difficulties in funding research from national or local sources.

Ineligibility:

  • Funding will not be provided to cover course fees.
  • We do not fund:
    • Applications from non-BOU members (see above)
    • Applications from from organisations
    • Species inventories, i.e. site based surveys for the purpose of documenting species' occurrence
    • Studies of the abundance of a species at a particular site where there is no wider scientific aim
    • Distribution surveys which do not address wider ecological questions
    • Descriptive studies
    • Baseline studies or the setting up of long-term monitoring schemes
    • Conservation implementation, education, outreach or awareness raising
    • The salary or course fees of the applicant
    • Attendance at conferences or meetings
    • Publications
    • Projects already commenced by 31 March following the application deadline.