Funds & Grants for researchers

Here you can find links to websites of foundations which are supporting investigations of plants and their conservation. If you know other funds, please write us 

The Coimbra Group Universities offers three types of scholarships for researchers every year. You can find more details here –

Deadline: 16 March 2018 midnight (Brussels time)

In 2005, The National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic for the Supports of Mobility of University Students, PhD Students, University Teachers, Researchers and Artists was established by the approval of the Government of the Slovak Republic. The National Programme of the Slovak Republic supports study/research/teaching/artistic mobility of foreign students, PhD students, university teachers, researchers and artists at higher education institutions and research organisations in Slovakia.

Deadlines: April 30 and October 31, every year

The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust welcomes inquires from organizations seeking funding for projects that meet its funding interests in ornamental horticulture and its eligibility requirements. Applicants include botanical gardens, arboreta, universities, and other nonprofit charitable organizations. Grants are up to US$25000.

Deadline: Augusut, 15, 2018

The Appleyard Fund: grants of up to £2,000 supporting research projects in botany or zoology, by Fellows or Associates of The Linnean Society of London.

Deadline: September 14, every year

The Anne Sleep Award: Awards of up to £3,000 are made at (odd-numbered) two year intervals, to assist one or more scholars to carry out biological research in the Middle or Far East, or similarly for scholars from the Middle or Far East to pursue their own biological research in the UK. Those selected for awards should normally have recently obtained a PhD at a recognised institution and be of the highest academic standing.

Deadline: September 16, every year

Percy Sladen Memorial Fund Grants: Grants for field work abroad (away from your usual country of residence) in the earth and life sciences. Grants are generally for sums of less than £1000.

Deadlines: January 30 and September 30, every year

The Irene Manton Prize: Awarded for the best thesis in botany examined for a doctorate of philosophy during a single academic year (October to September). It is open to candidates whose research has been carried out whilst registered at any UK institution. Theses on the full range of plant sciences are eligible. Nominations are received from the Head of Department, or the supervisor of the candidate.

Deadline: November 30, every year

The Jill Smythies Award: A prize of £1000 to a botanical artist for outstanding illustrations.  Awarded to a botanical artist in recognition of excellence in published illustrations, such as drawings or paintings, in aid of plant identification, with the emphasis on botanical accuracy and the accurate portrayal of diagnostic characteristics.

Deadline: November 30, every year

Student Research Grants (up to 3 grants, $1250) from The Society of Herbarium Curators for its members.

Deadline: February, 1, annually

New Phytologist Trust Innovation Grants: The New Phytologist Trust provides small grants to assist innovation and advancement in plant science. Often this will be in the form of part-support/sponsorship of a scientific meeting or awards such as poster and lecture prizes. Innovation grant applications can be received at any time of year and there is no set pro forma for these.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Since 1888, National Geographic has supported exploration and discovery, bringing gems like Machu Picchu, undersea wonders, and new species to light. The programs in field-based research, conservation, exploration, and education continue to provide the world with scientific breakthroughs and discoveries that inspire people everywhere to care about our planet.

The International Visegrad Fund is an inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tion based in Bratislava founded by the gov­ern­ments of the Visegrad Group countries—the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Republic of Poland, and the Slovak Republic—in Štiřín, Czech Republic, on June 9, 2000. The pur­pose of the fund is to facil­i­tate and pro­mote the devel­op­ment of closer coop­er­a­tion among cit­i­zens and insti­tu­tions in the region as well as between the V4 region and other coun­tries, espe­cially in the Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership regions.

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is a significant philanthropic endowment established to provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives, recognize leaders in the field of species conservation and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate.

The Rufford Foundation is a UK registered charity which funds nature conservation projects across the developing world.

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) grants fellowships for international scientists/researchers who would like to give workshops / conferences / lectures, or conduct R&D activities in Turkey in the fields of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technological Sciences, Medical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. The program aims to promote Turkey’s scientific and technological collaboration with countries of the prospective fellows.

Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or PhD and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree.