BSBI Opens Applications for Botanical Research and Plant Study Grants

The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland’s 2023 grants programme offers small grants to support students and academic researchers studying the flora of Britain and Ireland, including vascular or charophyte flora.

The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) is a charity whose mission is to support the study and conservation of wild plants and to provide funding for botanical research.

The Society offers small-scale support through its Research Grants and Plant Study Grants to support research that enhances knowledge of the flora of Britain and Ireland.

Plant Study Grants are awarded to promote study of the British or Irish vascular or charophyte flora by undergraduate or postgraduate students in the UK or Ireland. These grants (maximum £1,000) are intended for undergraduates who wish to work on a botanical project that will improve their scientific skills, and for self-funding postgraduate students working on a relevant research project as part of their postgraduate degree course.

Research Grants, typically around £500 each but up to a maximum of £1,000, are aimed at PhD students, academic researchers and amateur botanists. Applicants need not be members of the BSBI.

The following areas of study are eligible for funding:

  • Taxonomy, systematics and evolution.
  • Ecology, including autecological, physiological and phenological studies.
  • Population and ecological genetics.
  • Phytogeography/phylogeography.
  • Plant/animal interactions, including plant biochemistry.
  • Conservation biology.

Research Grants may be used for scientific activities such as fieldwork, working visits, consumables and laboratory services, and publication costs.

Applications to the 2023 grant scheme (Research Grants or Plant Study Grants) must be submitted by 28 February 2023.

BSBI expects to announce its awards within eight weeks of this deadline.

(This report was the subject of a RESEARCHconnect Newsflash.)