Grants for training and research

On this page you can find out about training, plant study and research grants from BSBI and other organisations. Our grants poster for 2020 is also available as a pdf for academics and trainers to circulate and/ or print out.

Training grants

Grants of up to £250 are available for aspiring botanists who want to go on short training courses. Applications for Training Grants open on 1st January each year and you will need to apply by 28th February. Please use this Training Grant application form 2021 (updated) to submit your application. All applicants will be notified by the end of March.

For 2021 as for 2020, there may be an option for successful awards to be carried over to next year if a course is not available for reasons beyond the applicant's control, e.g due to Covid restrictions. If you'd like to discuss your application before applying, please email us at [email protected].

You do not need to be a BSBI member to apply for one of our Training Grants, although members are favoured if there is competition for grants. Typical applicants would include recent graduates looking to start a career in botany or amateur botanists looking to take part in interest-led botanical recording.

This blogpost by a recent Training Grant recipient gives you an idea of how helpful these grants can be.

Plant Study Grants

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Plant Study Grants of up to £1,000 are available to botany students.

Applications for Plant Study Grants open on 1st January each year and you will need to apply by 28th February. Please use this Plant Study Grant application form 2021 (updated) to submit your application. All applicants will be notified by the end of March.

For 2021 as for 2020, there may be an option for successful awards to be carried over to next year if study cannot be carried out as planned for reasons beyond the applicant's control, e.g due to Covid restrictions. If you'd like to discuss your application before applying, please email us at [email protected].

This blogpost by a recent Plant Study Grant recipient gives you an idea of how helpful these grants can be.

Research grants

Science and Research Committee runs a small grants scheme to support research to enhance our knowledge of the flora of Britain and Ireland.

These grants are aimed at PhD students, academic researchers and amateurs working on research. The work should be capable of resulting in a scientific publication.

This blogpost by a recent SRC Grant recipient gives you an idea of how helpful these grants can be.

Applications for Science & Research Grants open on 1st January each year; you will need to apply before 28th February and we will notify all applicants before the end of April. Please use this Science & Research grant application form to apply. If you wish to discuss your application, you can email the Secretary to the Committee.

Grants from other organisations

**Bentham-Moxon Trust: providing financial support for botanical collections and research that further the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

**British Ecological Society: these grants are made to amateur and professional scientists undertaking surveys of habitats which are threatened or of special ecological interest or which have a history of ecological work.

**The Botanical Research Fund is a small trust fund, set up in 1913, which makes modest grants of up to £500 to individuals to support botanical investigations of all types and, more generally, to assist their advancement in the botanical field. Grants are available to amateurs, professionals and students of British and Irish nationality who are resident in the United Kingdom or Ireland. Due to the Covid situation, only UK/RoI-based activities will be funded in 2021. Where appropriate, grants may be awarded to applicants in successive years to a maximum of three. Deadline to apply: 31st March.

Further details may be obtained from Mark Carine, Hon. Secretary, The Botanical Research Fund, c/o Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD. Email: [email protected].

**Oleg Polunin Memorial Fund. Applicants should apply in writing to the Headmaster of Charterhouse at the address below, giving a clear statement about their proposed field studies, where they will be undertaken and when. Priority will be given to applicants with Charterhouse connections but other persons with strong botanical or biological interests will also be considered. The closing date for applications is 1st February each year. Contact : The Headmaster, Charterhouse, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 2DJ

**Praeger Grants in Natural History. This scheme, which is open to applicants intending to carry out research on Ireland’s field natural history, funds field-based research on the island of Ireland, up to a maximum of €2,000. Applicants may be professional researchers but the project they propose must be separate from their professional or employment commitments. Applications from those who are not professionally engaged in field natural history are welcome. The closing date for applications to the scheme is 23rd April. Contact: [email protected].

**Systematics Research Fund: The Linnean Society of London and the Systematics Association have pooled resources in order to provide a small-grants (<£1500) fund for systematics research, available to all researchers regardless of nationality or society membership. Applications must be submitted electronically by midnight of 15th December each year for consideration for awards announced the following March.

Further details and electronic forms are downloadable from:www.systass.org.

**The Wild Flower Society offers four different grants: there are grants to Wildlife Trusts and similar organisations for running botanical training courses for their volunteers; grants to support the publication costs of botanical books, for example, county Floras; grants up to a maximum amount of £1000 for students aged 18-30 to attend Field Studies Council courses; and grants, typically up to £250, to support botanical research projects that contribute to plant conservation or that further botanical education or the promotion of field botany.

Find out more about Wild Flower Society grants and how to apply for them here.

Conference Bursaries

Students can apply for bursaries towards the cost of attending conferences, including BSBI conferences. We are in the process of preparing guidelines to help applicants. Meanwhile, please email us at [email protected] telling us about the conference you'd like to attend, where you are studying and how attending the conference will help you as a botanist. Don't forget to let us know if you are already a BSBI member!

Publications Grants

BSBI makes small grants available towards the publication of County Floras, check-lists etc., typically £2000. Application forms are available from Jo Parmenter, Secretary of BSBI Science & Data committee.