The Birdfair/RSPB Research Fund for Endangered Birds


Organisation: Royal Society For The Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Apply By:  No Deadline


The Birdfair/RSPB Research Fund for Endangered Birds

The British Birdwatching Fair (Birdfair) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) together provide grants to support research projects on any birds listed by IUCN as “Endangered”, “Critically Endangered” or “Data Deficient”. Grants of up to a maximum of US $2,000 are awarded, but funds are limited and demand is extremely high, so smaller requests are more likely to succeed than larger ones. Funding is for scientific research only, and is not provided for undertaking actions such as awareness raising, advocacy or education. Projects that might qualify include searches for species with no or few currently known occupied sites, ecological research on poorly known species and work that clarifies the taxonomic or conservation status of threatened species. Priority is given to researchers working in their own country, particularly where they are working for or in collaboration with the local BirdLife Partner, and to researchers addressing research requirements identified as priorities by BirdLife International (see below). BirdLife Partners themselves are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications from BirdLife Species Guardians are particularly welcomed. Funds are not usually provided for international flights. A number of conditions apply to these awards (see section 18 of the application form)

Project objectives

  • To support local ornithologists to undertake research on the world’s most threatened birds.
  • To publicise their findings.
  • To raise the capacity of researchers in developing countries.

Progress so far

  • Since 2001, the scheme has funded 104 projects, around a quarter of all those submitted to the scheme
  • By seeking co-funding with other organisation, we have been able to fund projects to a total value of over £100,000
  • In 2005, the UK Birdfair joined the scheme, allowing us to fund even more projects each year
  • The scheme is one of very few which focuses funding on the world’s most threatened species.

Terms and Conditions:

If your application is successful, you will be required to accept the following conditions. Please indicate below that you would accept these conditions if awarded a grant

1. The Birdfair/RSPB Research Fund for Endangered Birds will be credited as a funder in all outputs from the project

2. A summary of the results and a financial summary will be sent to the Fund organiser within 12 months. Failure to submit a report will exclude the applicant and all members of their institute from future funding.

3. If appropriate, the results of the work will be submitted to a scientific journal for publication

4. The funds provided will be used solely to support the work described in this application

5. Birdfair/RSPB retains the right to publicise or otherwise use the results of this work to promote the conservation of the species

6. Successful applicants work at their own risk, and the RSPB and the British Birdfair accept no responsibility for any loss or injury arising from this work

7. The work will be undertaken in an ethical manner and will conform to all relevant national and international laws

8. The Fund manager may copy this application form to others for comment or information

How to apply?

Please send your application form to toby.galligan@rspb.org.uk with your surname (family name) followed by the English name of the species in the Subject field. 

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