This grant provides support for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. The grant is designed to support ecologists in Africa develop their skills, experience and knowledge base as well as make connections with ecologists in the developed world. The grant provides funds for services and equipment.
This grant will open twice per year. This round is now OPEN with a deadline of 17:00 (BST) Wednesday, March 21 2018.
Awards will be made in May, the project start date should therefore be after May 20, 2018.
Applicants are only able to submit one grant application per round.
How to Apply
When applications open, register/log in to the online grants system, complete your contact details, and navigate to ‘Your Applications’.
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.
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.
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 researchers develop connections with other ecologists outside their usual peer group.
Travel funds are available to spend time working with ecologists in developed countries where facilities and experience will help researchers on return to your own institution.
Successful applicants also receive two years of free British Ecological Society (BES) membership and free online access to their journals.
The application will be judged by a panel of reviewers on the basis of your personal qualifications, the scientific excellence, novelty and feasibility of the proposal, and the academic and non-academic impact of the planned research.
Applicant must demonstrate that they have made connections with ecologists in a developed country that they can provide advice during the proposed project. If international travel is part of the application, applicants must demonstrate close links with those they propose to visit.
Funding is available for any area of ecological science excluding research focused solely on agriculture, forestry and bio-prospecting.
The proposed project could be part of an existing program but the application should be for a clearly defined piece of research. Researchers must also show how their research will have a wider impact beyond academia.
View the scoring criteria to find out how your application will be assessed.
Re-submissions of the same project are not allowed. 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.