This fund is run by the British Bryological Society following a major
bequest from the late Trudy Side and further recent donations. Its objective
is to promote bryological activities at home or abroad, including field
work, attending meetings and publishing the results of research.
A list of recent successful applicants can be found here.
BBS Grants – Instructions for Applicants
The BBS awards a small number of grants from its Bequest Fund on a competitive basis each year. These grants are not available to non-members.
Meetings & Courses Grants
The aim of these is to encourage beginners who have joined the BBS to attend the Society’s indoor and field meetings, or to attend a course in bryophyte identification such as those run by the Field Studies Council. Applicants should give a brief resumé of their progress in bryology and state their reasons for wishing to attend the meeting or course, with a statement of expected costs. Successful applicants will receive a flat payment of £150 towards the cost of attendance (or the actual cost if that is lower). If successful, a full year must elapse after completion of the meeting or course before another Meetings & Courses Grant application may be made.
Grants up to a maximum of £750 will be made to enable bryological research to be undertaken with the expectation that the results are published in Field Bryology, Journal of Bryology or given as a talk at one of the Society’s forthcoming paper-reading meetings. The grant may cover: travel and accommodation for fieldwork, including overseas; visits to herbaria, laboratories and other institutions; purchase of specialist scientific equipment and consumables, costs of analytical and other laboratory services. The costs of microscopes and other equipment used routinely in bryology will not be supported. Speakers’ attendances at conferences and salaries for third parties are also not eligible, but travel expenses of unpaid assistants may be considered. A detailed costing and one-page curriculum vitae must be submitted as part of the application. It should be noted that during the selection process applications from younger bryologists will be especially favoured.
The Bequest Fund occasionally contributes towards the costs of publishing County Floras and similar works of interest to its members. A sum not exceeding £500 may be awarded. An outline of the costs of publication should be provided as part of the application and mention made of other grants applied for and on which publication may be dependent.
How to Apply
Applications for any of the above must be made on the downloadable grants form available on the website. Closing dates for applications are 1 February and 1 August each year. Applicants will normally be informed of the Bequest Committee’s decision within 5 weeks of the closing date. Consideration of late applications will be deferred until the next closing date. The completed and signed application should be posted or emailed (clear scans are acceptable) to the Committee’s Chairman (Dr J. W. Bates, 56 King Edwards Road, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 8NY, U.K.; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) by one of the above dates.
Other sources of funding
Other sources include The Botanical research Fund:
The Botanical Research Fund is a small trust fund which makes modest grants 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. Where appropriate, grants may be awarded to applicants in successive years to a maximum of three. Examples of projects recently supported by the Botanical Research Fund include:
- Development of a vegetative key to the British Flora
- Herbarium research for a monograph of Strobilanthes (Acanthaceae)
- Taxonomic studies of the Coralline algae
- Field surveys of seaweeds, bryophytes and Rubus
- Laboratory work to investigate the status of Gladiolus illyricus in the UK.
The annual deadline for applications is January 31st. Further details may be obtained from Mark Carine, Hon. Secretary, The Botanical Research Fund, c/o Department of Botany, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD. Email: email@example.com