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Conservation Research Institute


Discover a range of exciting conservation funding possibilities within the University, the UK and beyond.


We've highlighted major initiatives along with smaller research grants, workshop and travel grants, prizes, awards, individual fellowships, and studentships. We'll also share links to the latest research funding we're aware of, along with other funding opportunities. Keep in mind, this list isn't comprehensive, but it's a great starting point for your conservation funding journey.




Please find the latest funding calls on the Research Professional's Website:


No Deadline

Research grants
Economic and Social Research Council
These support individuals or teams to conduct standard research projects, large-scale surveys and other infrastructure projects or methodological developments in any area within the council’s remit. Research awards can be made for up to five years. Grants range in size from £350,000 to £1 million at 100 per cent full economic cost. 

New investigator grants
Economic and Social Research Council

These support new researchers and academics at the start of their careers to become independent researchers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 in full economic costs can be awarded. ESRC’s contribution for UK applicants is 80 per cent of FEC. Around 30 to 35 grants are available per year.

Note: Internal selection process

This call is coordinated by the AHSS research grants team. Please contact for further information on deadline for applications and upcoming workshops.

COMING SOON: Public engagement call
Natural Environment Research Council

*** This opportunity will be available soon. A large-scale funding call is expected to open soon. The following information is subject to change. This call aims to achieve national impact in public engagement with contemporary issues of environmental science. Funding is expected to be up to £1.3 million over 3 years. ***

External Sites

Terra Viva GrantsThe Terra Viva Grants Directory develops and manages information about grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world's developing countries.

Research Professional: All RCUK funders searchable database

RCUK Funders

Other UK Funders

British Academy 
Wellcome - Scheme Finder

International Funding Opps

  • Stage 1 - First Links: funds to cover the travel and subsistence for short term visits usually from the UK to another country.

  • Stage 2 - A Broader Relationship: where there is already a more established relationship, researchers may wish to apply for funds to extend this relationship in the country of choice.

  • Stage 3 - Pilot Studies: where relationships are more mature it may be the case that researchers need financial support to carry out pilot research.

  • Stage 4 - Sustainable Interactions: dedicated schemes to support transnational collaboration or where the funding for international collaboration is embedded in the activities of programmes, often within the UK contribution to specific multilateral organisations.

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