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The EDGE Fellowship

ZSL’s EDGE of Existence programme is the only global conservation initiative focusing specifically on threatened species that represent a significant amount of unique evolutionary history. One of the most effective ways in which the programme is working to secure the future of EDGE species is by awarding two-year Fellowships to future conservation leaders, EDGE Fellows, working on poorly-known EDGE mammal, amphibian, bird, reptile, coral and shark species. EDGE Fellows follow a comprehensive two-year training programme, comprising of:

·         A 4-week Conservation Tools training course at the beginning of the programme to provide Fellows with essential training in techniques to plan and implement their project;

·         A grant of £10,000 to undertake a 2-year project on an eligible EDGE species;

·         Ongoing technical support and mentorship (achieved via online modules, web-based tutorials/seminars, and field visits) throughout the Fellowship;

·         A 2-week Conservation Leadership training course in London to support Fellows to scale up their projects

For more information please visit: www.edgeofexistence.org/apply-now. The application deadline is 18th June 2018. All applications will be reviewed by a panel of internal and external experts.

 

 

 

COMING SOON: Conservation insight grants
People’s Trust for Endangered Species
*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open early 2018 and close in April 2018. The following information is subject to change. These grants support http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/filter/new-investigator/projects focusing on endangered species to find critical scientific evidence to facilitate conservation, answer key conservation questions, and implement key local action which will result in significant positive impacts for endangered species. Grants are worth between £3,000 and £10,000 per year up to a maximum of £20,000 over two years.  ***Closing date: 01 Apr 18  (Forecast)

Newton social innovation for maintaining and restoring natural capital in Latin America workshop
British Council
This enables early-career researchers to attend a workshop on exploring opportunities to develop research on social innovation for restoring natural capital, to be held in Pereira, Colombia, in June 2018. Funding covers all travel and accommodation expenses. Closing date: 15 Apr 18 

BBSRC enterprise fellowships
Royal Society of Edinburgh
These enable science and technology researchers to focus solely on refining and commercialising their business ideas and develop into entrepreneurs. Fellowships are tenable for one year and include salary support worth up to £37,000 and up to £10,000 for other directly related costs. Closing date: 16 Apr 18 

Note: For applicants at the University of Cambridge - This call requires involvement of Cambridge Enterprise. Please contact iain.thomas@enterprise.cam.ac.uk as early as possible in the application process

Knowledge exchange fellowships
Natural Environment Research Council
These enable the sharing and flow of knowledge and expertise between the NERC-funded researchers and their user communities, and boost the impact of NERC-funded research. Fellowships cover 100 per cent of the fellow's salary on a pro-rata basis including superannuation, national insurance and specific allowances, plus up to £40,000 for travel and other associated costs, over one to three years. Closing date: 17 Apr 18 

Climate change agreements scheme evaluation
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The tenderer will undertake an evaluation of the climate change agreements scheme that started on 1 April 2013 to understand the impact and value for money of the current scheme and to provide wider learning for any future scheme and policies. The contract is worth £386,000 over 24 months. Closing date: 17 Apr 18  

Developing NERC's omics strategy – community workshop
Natural Environment Research Council
This aims to provide the Natural Environment Research Council with evidence and advice on the future direction of environmental omics and to provide recommendations on the capability of the community to deliver omics based research. Funding covers travel costs associated with attendance. Closing date: 17 Apr 18  

Responsive mode research grants
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
These support investigator-led research activities addressing any topic within the council’s remit. Grants may support projects worth up to £2 million each at 100 per cent full economic costing over five years. Closing date: 24 Apr 18 

New investigator scheme
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
This assists early-career researchers in securing their first major element of research funding. Closing date: 24 Apr 18 

UK-Brazil BBSRC-FAPESP joint research funding
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
This supports applications that cut across national boundaries and involve international collaborative teams. Closing date: 24 Apr 18 

Responsive mode research grants
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
These support investigator-led research activities addressing any topic within the council’s remit. Grants may support projects worth up to £2 million each at 100 per cent full economic costing over five years. Closing date: 24 Apr 18 

New investigator scheme
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
This assists early-career researchers in securing their first major element of research funding. Closing date: 24 Apr 18 

COMING SOON: Knowledge exchange fellowships
Natural Environment Research Council
*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in February and close in April 2018. The following information is subject to change. These fellowships enable the sharing and flow of knowledge and expertise between the NERC-funded researchers and their user communities, and boost the impact of NERC-funded research. Fellowships cover the fellow’s full salary costs, travel and other direct costs over three years.***Closing date: 27 Apr 18  (Forecast)

COMING SOON: Governance after Brexit programme
Economic and Social Research Council
*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in February and have a deadline in early May 2018. The following information is subject to change. This supports research that addresses the implications of Brexit, focusing on key aspects of future UK governance. Grants are worth up to £750,000 each.***Closing date: 01 May 18 

Environmental challenge
RELX Group
This prize supports projects that demonstrate sustainable access provision to safe water or sanitation where access is presently at risk. Two prizes are available, with first prize worth USD 50,000 and second prize worth USD 25,000. Closing date: 15 May 18  (Forecast)

Conservation fund
Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia
These grants support bird conservation and ornithological research projects in the region. There is no upper limit to the size of grants but most average between £1,000 and £2,000. Closing date: 31 May 18 

British Academy/Leverhulme small research grants
British Academy
These support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. Grants are tenable for up to two years and are worth between £500 and £10,000. Closing date: 06 Jun 18 

International opportunities fund – pump priming and pump priming plus grants
Natural Environment Research Council
This provides resources to NERC-supported researchers to allow them to forge long-term partnerships with overseas scientists that add value to current NERC-funded science.  Grants are worth up to £250,000 each at 80 per cent full economic cost over a maximum period of three years.Closing date: 06 Jun 18  (Forecast)

 

International opportunities fund – pump priming and pump priming plus grants
Natural Environment Research Council
This provides resources to NERC-supported researchers to allow them to forge long-term partnerships with overseas scientists that add value to current NERC-funded science.  Grants are worth up to £250,000 each at 80 per cent full economic cost over a maximum period of three years.Closing date: 06 Jun 18  (Forecast) 

 

Collaborative ecological research programme
Earthwatch Institute
This aims to support scientists for projects that will collaboratively address global change impacts on ecosystems. Projects are funded for three years and are on average worth between $US20,000 and $US80,000 with approximately half of the total budget covering volunteer expenses while on the project. Closing date: 11 Jun 18  (Forecast) 

 

Restoration ecology programme
Earthwatch Institute
This aims to support scientists recover a natural range of variation, bringing a system back to its historic trajectory. Projects are funded for three years and are on average worth between $US20,000 and $US80,000 with approximately half of the total budget covering volunteer expenses while on the project.  Closing date: 11 Jun 18  (Forecast) 

 

Young researchers award
Global Biodiversity Information Facility
This aims to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics by graduate students whose studies rely on data mediated by the facility. Two awards are available, each worth €5,000. Closing date: 15 Jun 18 

 

Expedition award
African Bird Club
This supports larger conservation projects on ornithology in Africa. A smaller number of awards, each worth up to £3,000, are available each year. Closing date: 30 Jun 18  

COMING SOON: Industrial CASE studentships
Natural Environment Research Council
*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in early May and close in July 2018. The following information is subject to change. These studentships promote collaboration between the research community and the end users of research. Each studentship is worth up to £84,392 over four years. ***Closing date: 06 Jul 18  (Forecast)

 

Vincent Weir scientific award
Bat Conservation Trust
This rewards and encourages research on the conservation biology of bats by new researchers. The winner receives a monetary prize and a certificate and is invited to attend and present a talk at the BCT Scottish Bat Conference, for which attendance and travel costs are covered. Closing date: 01 Aug 18  (Forecast)

Standard research grants – including new investigator grants
Natural Environment Research Council
These support basic, strategic or applied research in the environmental sciences. Grants are worth between £65,000 and £800,000 each at 100 per cent full economic cost. Closing date: 16 Jul 18  (Forecast)

COMING SOON: UK-China antimicrobial resistance centre partnerships initiative
Research Councils UK 
*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open on 30 March and have a deadline in autumn 2018. The following information is subject to change. This initiative provides funding for collaborative centre partnerships between UK and Chinese researchers. The total budget for the UK partners is £8 million to support three to five centre partnerships over three years. *** Closing date: 01 Sep 18  (Forecast)

UK mammals grants
People’s Trust for Endangered Species
These support work relating to the conservation of mammals in the UK. Grants are worth between £10,000 and £20,000 each. Closing date: 01 Nov 18  (Forecast) 

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 ESRCNewInv@admin.cam.ac.uk 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. ***

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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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