Funding opportunities: British Ecological Society

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Calls

20 February 2018

Two exciting calls are currently open for members of the British Ecological Society (BES), both opening new doors and opportunities.

Both calls have a deadline of 5pm, Wednesday 21 March 2018.

Outreach grants

Members are invited to apply for up to £2,000 per project. These projects will be built around engaging with the public and different audiences therein. The Society wishes to fund "projects that:

  • Increase public understanding of, and engagement with, ecology
  • Stimulate discussion about ecology and its implications for society
  • Inspire and enthuse people of all ages about the science of ecology, especially those not previously interested
  • Develop skills in communicating the science of ecology."

In other words, this is a chance for you to express your passion for your science. You should be able to communicate effectively with various groups, enthusing them in the organisms and environments of the world.

Research grants

While the Outreach projects funded in the above call cannot be to generate new knowledge, the Research grants can. Early career ecologists are eligible to apply for up to £20,000 in this funding, otherwise £5,000 is available for small projects. The Society's stated aim is to support an area of limited funding sources.

The Society wishes 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."

In other words, although the money on offer could be considered relatively small, you are expected to have clear, long-term impact, either in expanding the scientific knowledge base, or in setting up a larger project or career. These grants are awarded to individuals, not to the host university, and you must be members of the BES to apply. To qualify for the up-to £20,000 early career fund, you must be within five years of receiving your PhD.



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