British Ecological Society - Funding

We are working towards a world inspired, informed and influenced by ecology.

In an average year, we support the global ecological community with over £350,000 in grants.

Research Grants
These grants support scientific ecological research where there are limited alternative sources of funding. Small projects can be awarded up to £5,000 and early career ecologists can apply for funding up to £20,000. 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.

Training & Travel Grants
This grant supports the training and development of students and postgraduate research assistants. Grants of up to £1,000 are available. Objectives: These grants help PhD students and postgraduate research assistants to meet the costs of specialist field training courses and to network and publicise their research by presenting their work at workshops and conferences.

Outreach Grants
We actively encourage our members to promote ecological science to a wide audience and offer grants of up to £2,000. Objectives: We define ecology as the scientific study of the distribution, abundance and dynamics of organisms, their interactions with other organisms and their physical environment. Applications should promote and engage the public with the science of ecology. Grants will not be awarded for purely nature conservation purposes or any activity that does not promote the science of ecology.

Ecologists in Africa
This grant provides support of up to £8,000 for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. Objectives: This grant provides support for Ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. We recognise that ecologists in Africa face unique challenges in carrying out research; our grant is designed to support you to develop your skills, experience and knowledge base as well as making connections with ecologists in the developed world. We support excellent ecological science in Africa by funding services and equipment.

BES Review College
Our Review College reads, comments and scores applications according to their remit of expertise. The aim of our Review College is to build a community of individuals who have knowledge, experience and expertise within ecology and use their skills by assessing grant applications. We call upon members of the Review College to read, comment and score applications according to their remit of expertise. Our aim is that each application will be seen by three members of the Review College before the top percentage is discussed at our Grants Committee Meeting – where the final decision is made.  The process is slightly different for the Large Research Grants, which are first shortlisted by Grants Committee before the Review College is then asked to score the top 8 applications.
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