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Current Open Calls

We provide a selection of the latest research for Conservation funding opportunities in the University and UK: focusing on major initiatives, but also including relevant small research grants, workshop and travel grants, prizes and awards, and individual fellowships and studentships. This is not exhaustive and researchers are directed to Recent open calls 


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations
Up to 50 grants of up to $100k available, topics include agriculture and crop sciences. Awardees will be invited to apply for a second fund worth $1,000,000.
Application Deadline: 14 November 2018

Kahane Foundation Project Grants 

Priority is given to projects focused on Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey. (Applications in the fields of culture, arts, nature and sports will not be considered
Internal deadline: 16 November 2018. Funder deadline: Friday 14 December 2018

Bat Conservation International, INT
Bat Conservation International invites applications for its student research scholarships. These enable students to conduct research on conserving bats and the ecosystems they serve.
Application Deadline 19 Nov 2018

Development of a combined marine and terrestrial biodiversity indicator
The Scottish Government invites tenders for development of a combined marine and terrestrial biodiversity indicator. The tenderer will define the most appropriate single combined marine and terrestrial, including land and freshwater biodiversity indicator for Scotland.
Application Deadline 22 November 2018

Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), GB
The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) invite applications for their postgraduate research awards. These enable PhD students to undertake fieldwork or data
Application Deadline: 23 November 2018

Mapping sea anglers in English waters
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs invites tenders for mapping sea anglers in English waters. The tenderer will create a national dataset showing the most important sites used in sea angling in English waters. Application Deadline: 23 November 2018

International Association for Bear Research and Management, INT
IBA Research and Conservation Grants (RCG) are awarded to help support bear conservation, education projects, and research. Emphasis is given to projects that demonstrate significant positive effects for bear species, populations, and areas of the world with the highest conservation needs.
Application Deadline: 1 December 2018

Isaac Newton Trust / Wellcome Trust ISSF / University of Cambridge Joint Research Grants Scheme
The scheme is open to newly independent principal investigators appointed between 1 January 2016 and 31 January 2019.
Application deadline: 3 December 2018

Masters in Conservation Leadership
The Masters in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge is an eleven month degree course aimed at graduates of leadership potential with experience in biodiversity conservation.
Application Deadline: 5 December 2018

Commonwealth Secretary-General’s innovation for sustainable development awards
Awards celebrate outstanding innovators and innovations that are helping Commonwealth countries and their people achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and advance the values in the Commonwealth Charter
Application Deadline: 31 December 2018

CamPo Collaborative Research Grants Scheme now open 
The University of Cambridge and Sciences Po in Paris have signed an ambitious agreement to fund early-stage projects in social sciences and the humanities (broadly defined).
Application Deadline: 7 January 2019

Horizon 2020: European Union funding for research into global and EU challenges (various deadlines)
The Horizon 2020 research and innovation funding programme is targeted at addressing both global and EU challenges. It includes four focus areas, intended to collect different funding calls together to address big-ticket challenges. These focus areas are: building a low-carbon, climate-resilient future, connecting economic and environmental gains (circular economy), digitising and transforming European industry and services, and boosting the effectiveness of the Security Union.

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