September 9, 2019 at 17:00 (BST).
This grant provides support of up to £8,000 for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. The second grant round of 2019 is now OPEN.
This grant is designed to support ecologist in Africa to develop skills, experience and knowledge base as well as make connections with ecologists in the developed world. Support includes funding services and equipment.
Applicants are only able to submit one grant application per round, across all grant schemes.
When applications open, register/log in to the online grants system, complete your contact details, and navigate to ‘Your Applications’.
Applicants are encouraged to read example applications in advance of applying, in order to assist them with writing their own application. Applicants are also encouraged to discuss their applications with a respected colleague.
As part of the application process two referees will be required to submit statements of support. If you are applying for travel funds, one of these must be from your host institution.
These statements should include why the project is important, what support will be given to you and a statement that any equipment bought for the project will be made available for anyone in the host institution to conduct ecological research. Referees will be contacted using the email addresses provided in the application; both reference statements must be completed online before the application deadline. Referee statements sent independently via email or by letter will not be accepted.
Eligibility and Conditions
- be a scientist and a citizen of a country in Africa or its associated islands, that is a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ according to the World Bank categorisation
- have at least an MSc or equivalent degree
- be working for a university or research institution in Africa (including field centres, NGOs, museums etc.) that provides basic research facilities
- carry out the research in a country in Africa or its associated islands
The proposed work must be completed within 18 months.
It is a condition of all of grant schemes that applicants submit a report within three months of the end date of the award. Reports will be submitted via an online grants system.
The grant can be used to pay for basic tools needed to conduct the research project, travel and in some cases part of the applicant’s salary. It cannot be used for tuition fees.
This grant cannot be used to support research degrees; however, researchers who have already been registered at a research institute or university for at least six months by the application deadline for the grant, can apply for funding for research that goes towards a degree. Applicants in these circumstances need to indicate that they have already gone some way to starting their research and that the money will not go towards course fees or personal salary.
Some funding may be provided to cover your expenses during research where it is shown that you will not be able to afford the time off from other paid employment. In these cases, you must state if the research work will be possible without our funding to cover this lost income.
All costs must be clearly justified within the budget section. Any costs that are not justified will not be considered. Please ensure all costs are clearly calculated in GBP (British Sterling).
The maximum value of a grant is £8,000 for research. An additional sum up to £2,000 may be requested to fund travel to help you develop connections with other ecologists outside your usual peer group. This must be requested at the application stage.
Travel funds are available to spend time working with ecologists in developed countries where facilities and experience will help you on return to your own institution.
Successful applicants also receive two years of free BES membership and free online access to our journals.
View the scoring criteria to find out how your application will be assessed.
Re-submissions of the same project are not accepted. Applications will be rejected without review if they are re-submissions of a proposal rejected in a previous round, or if they represent only a minor revision of such a proposal (for example, with a modified experimental design). As a guide, to be significantly different, at least 80% of objectives and activities should be different to the original proposal.
For more information on this grant program, click here.