ECT Small Grants

Ecological Continuity Trust

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Grant amount: Up to £2,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: United Kingdom

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Ecological Continuity Trust is a UK charity formed in 2008. Our aim is to support long-term experimental ecology and its application to conservation and sustainable land management. We support long-term experiments by providing much needed funds through our grants scheme and emergency repair funds. We have also established a network of key stakeholders that help champion LTEs and the valuable science they produce. Find out about our LTE User Group here.

Our vision is to develop a strategic network of long-term ecological experiments. This includes safeguarding existing high quality experiments and data, whilst also ensuring new facilities are planned for the long-term.

Small Grants

We provide funds of up to £2000 for research projects undertaken on LTEs that are currently on the ECT register. Funding can be used to cover the following costs:

  • consumables;
  • to facilitate extraordinary work such as supporting visiting scientists, students or public engagement;
  • support for researchers to visit or to facilitate comparative studies between existing long-term ecological experiments;
  • support for data curation activities, including database development and on-line archiving.

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


  • To be eligible for an ECT grant, all specified activities must be undertaken on, or associated with, a long-term experiment (LTE) such as those that are currently on the ECT register.
    • Please download a list of eligible sites here.
  • Grants are provided to fund research and to cover travel costs associated with communicating scientific findings.
  • The ECT also provides funds to undertake essential maintenance at LTEs, and to assist with data curation activities.
  • Grant recipients must comply with the ECT Data Policy which is available here.