BES Research Grant

British Ecological Society (BES)


Grant amount: Up to £20,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 21, 2019 10:00am PDT

Later anticipated deadlines: Sep 10, 2019 6:00am PDT

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:

Objectives

We support projects where there is a clear ecological science focus to the work; any other aspects, i.e. sociology, economics, etc., must be clearly integrated into the ecology and scientific goals of the project. The grants are to support work of the highest international standard and applicants need to show how the work will advance ecological science.

Research grants are to provide funding:

  • for new and innovative ecological research
  • for pump priming projects
  • to help early career ecologists to establish an independent research career in ecology

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

Eligibility:

  • Grants up to £5,000:
    • These grants are given to individuals, not organisations.
    • Only current BES members may apply.
    • Applications for projects based outside the UK should demonstrate appropriate liaison with collaborating organisations, local environmental agencies, NGOs and/or communities.
  • Grants over £5,000 up to a limit of £20,000:
    • These grants are given to individuals, not organisations.
    • Only current BES members may apply.
      • From January 2018, all applicants who apply for a Large Research Grant will be required to have been a member of the BES for at least one year leading up to the application.
      • In 2019 membership will be required from at least January 2018.
      • From 2020 onwards, this will be increased to two years.
    • Grants are limited to ecologists at an early stage in their career.
      • ‘Early career’ is defined as less than 5 years full time equivalent research position post- Ph.D. or -D.Phil. experience according to the date of your graduation certificate.
    • The investigator must have a Ph.D. or D.Phil., or have submitted a thesis that will have been examined by the time the application is submitted.
    • The investigator must demonstrate that the project is distinct from other current research activities, or if there is any overlap, that it would substantially extend their existing research into new and distinct areas.
    • The investigator should undertake at least part of the research him/herself.
    • Applications for projects based outside the UK should demonstrate liaison with collaborating organisations, local environmental agencies, NGOs and/or communities.
    • Costs for travel funds to attend a conference and present work relevant to the project will be considered.
      • The name of the conference and a justification for attendance should be highlighted within the application.
    • On accepting a Large Research grant, applicants agree to join our Review College for a minimum of 3 years.
  • All grant requests
    • There are no restrictions on where applicants come from nor where they carry out their research work.
    • Reasonable travel costs will be supported.
    • Funding is available for the employment of casual and short-term assistance (short term defined as no longer than 11 months), the purchase of small items of equipment which are essential for successful completion of the project and consumable or recurrent costs.
    • Living costs and subsistence will be covered where this is essential to the project being completed.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. From January 2018, all applicants who apply for a Large Research Grant will be required to have been a member of the BES for at least one year leading up to the application. In 2019 membership will be required from at least January 2018. From 2020 onwards, this will be increased to two years.

Ineligibility:

  • Grants up to £5,000:
    • Applicants cannot use a Research Grant to fund a component of a larger, already funded study.
      • We understand that there may be additional contributors to the project, but our contribution must make up the majority of the project funding, or form a recognisable and distinct component which would otherwise not take place.
    • Funding is not available for work that will form part of a degree/masters/thesis/fellowship.
      • Those with research fellowships that cover their salary only, can only apply for funds to cover research that is additional to, and independent of, any already funded research programme.
    • Applications to take part in an expedition will not be considered (e.g. Operation Wallacea).
      • We shall, though, consider applications for a stand-alone research project which take place during an expedition.
    • This grant will not fund attendance to a conference.
    • This grant will not fund publication costs.
    • We will not award more than one grant to any one applicant in any one year, and no more than three grants in any five year period.
    • Failure to submit a satisfactory report at the end of a grant will mean the grantee is ineligible to apply for further grants.
  • Grants over £5,000 up to a limit of £20,000:
    • Funding is not given to individuals who already have full time permanent academic positions in universities or equivalent positions in research institutes.
    • Those who have received an early career grant are ineligible from applying again.
    • Applicants cannot use a Research Grant to fund a component of a larger study – we understand that there may be additional contributors to the project, however our contribution must make up the majority of the project funding, or form a recognisable and distinct component which would otherwise not take place.
    • Requests to cover publication costs will NOT be considered.
  • All grant requests
    • Funding is not available:
      • for items of equipment costing more than £2,000
      • for overheads
      • to supplement the salary of the applicant
      • to cover replacement costs of the applicant
    • We will not cover the salary of the principal researcher, bench fees or the direct costs for the hire of departmental vehicles.