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The Bequest Fund

 


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 below

Applicant

Amount

Topic

Date

Sharon Yardy

£150

Towards the cost of attending a Sphagnum identification course at Kindrogan Field Centre in April 2013.

Feb 2013

Desmond Marshall

£150

Towards the cost of attending a bryophyte identification course at Preston Montford Field Centre in April 2013.

Feb 2013

Nick Hodgetts

£750

To make a bryophyte survey of the Atiwa Forest, Ghana, a site threatened by bauxite mining. (Research Grant)

Feb 2014

Howard Matcham

£560

To permit regular visits to the Natural History Museum, London to identify bryophyte collections, mostly from Ascension Island. (Research Grant)

Feb 2014

Emma Gilmartin

£150

Towards the cost of attending a Mosses and Liverworts identification course at Kindrogan Field Centre in May 2014.

Feb 2014

Lisa Mason

£150

Towards the cost of attending the ‘Identifying Mosses and Liverworts’ course at Preston Mountford Field Centre in April 2014.

Feb 2014

Duncan Gray

£150

Towards the cost of attending the Mosses and Liverworts course at Rhyd-y-creuau Field Centre in February 2014.

Feb 2014

Johnny Turner

£150

Towards the cost of attending the BBS Orthotrichum Workshop in Dorset in May 2014.

Feb 2014

Yoan Coudert

£554

Towards the cost of a project to characterise the evolutionary history of moss branching forms.

Aug 2014

David Freeman

£150

Towards the cost of attending a Mosses and Liverwort identification course at Kindrogan Field Centre in 2015.

Feb 2015

Sharon Yardy

£150

Towards the cost of attending the Advanced Bryology Laboratory Course at Preston Montford Field Centre in May 2015.

Feb 2015

Debbie Wallace

£150

Towards the cost of attending the Identifying Mosses and Liverworts course at Preston Montford Field Centre in March 2015.

Feb 2015

Anita Bollman-Giolai

£650

Towards the costs of a study of epiphytes and their hosts in ancient woodland in relation to potential impacts of Ash Dieback Disease.

Feb 2015

Cai Brown

£750

For research on nitrogen fixation by microbes associated with Sphagnum in some Swedish peat bogs in relation to the bogs’ roles as carbon sinks.

Feb 2015

Fiona Cameron

£150

Towards the cost of attending the Grimmia workshop at FSC Blencathra in September 2016.

Feb 2016

Debbie Wallace

£150

Towards the cost of attending the Bryophytes for Conservation and Recording course at FSC Preston Montford, April-May 2016.

Feb 2016

Ross Harding

£150

Towards the cost of attending the Identifying Mosses and Liverworts course at FSC Preston Montford, March 2016.

Feb 2016

Nick Hodgetts

£750

Towards the costs of a further bryophyte survey of Atewa Forest and elsewhere in Ghana, and to develop a partnership with the University of Ghana and the conservation charity, A Rocha.

Feb 2016

Ernesto Saiz Val

£750

For research into biological nitrogen fixation by microbes associated with Sphagnum in Swedish peat bogs. [This effectively replaces the award made in Feb. 2015 (above) for which the grant was returned unspent.]

Feb 2016

Bashira Chowdhury and Robert Frank

£500

For research on the effects of dust deposition, in relation to climate change, in high alpine bryophyte communities in Western Colorado, USA.

Feb 2016

 

 

 

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.

Research Grants
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.

Publication Grants
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: jwb.bryol@gmail.com) 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: m.carine@nhm.ac.uk

 

 

 

 
 
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