The British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU) Small Ornithological Research Grants Scheme provides awards of up to UK£ 2000 a project and is aimed at supporting small projects outright and to part-fund medium-sized research programmes. The scheme will consider funding ornithological studies “with clear aims and objectives (ideally with clearly stated hypotheses) where the methods are clearly explained, robust and appropriate to answering the questions asked within the application”.
Whereas applicants ordinarily have to be members of the BOU this requirement is waived for persons residing and working in developing countries. Developing countries according to the International Monetary Fund (to which source the BOU refers) include five ACAP Parties: Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, South Africa and Uruguay.
Applications from individuals (not from institutions) are for awards made in March 2019 for projects which begin after 01 April 2019 and are entirely or largely complete by 31 March 2020 Applications for projects taking place outside this period will not be considered. The deadline for applications - by e-mail only - is 30 November 2018.
A Sooty Albatross family on the coastal cliffs of Gough Island, photograph by Kalinka Rexer-Huber
Read more on the 2019 guidelines and how to apply here.
John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 20 July 2018