Research Grants

Research Grants of up to £10,000 support (i) promising pilot research projects that are at too early a stage to attract funding from larger funding agencies such as the UK Research Councils, and (ii) small-scale projects, that, although worthwhile, are unlikely to attract funding from alternative sources. Grants may be made to allow the applicant to travel to conduct collaborative research, or to bring a collaborator to the applicant's institution for the same purpose.

The Grants & Awards Committee will consider research projects in all areas of animal behaviour, defined as the sphere of interest of papers published in Animal Behaviour.

Typically, between one and three of the top-ranking proposals will be funded at each call (closing dates: 1st February, 1st June, 1st October), depending on the current availability of funds and the intensity of competition.


Applicants must be members of ASAB. Please note that membership must be held for a minimum of 12 months prior to the closing date of the round in which an application is made. (You can check the date that you became a member in your ASAB profile.) Applicants must have a Ph.D. There are no restrictions on the age or experience of applicants, although in the event of competition for funds preference may be given to applicants early in their career and first-time applicants. Retrospective applications will not be considered. Grants will not be awarded towards work that contributes to the requirements of an undergraduate or graduate degree, whether of the applicant or other person. ASAB does not usually accept applications from applicants based in the Americas. ASAB does not fund overheads.

Funding criteria

All applications are judged on the quality of the research proposed and applicants should note that attention is paid by the Grants Committee to the relevance and likely impact of the proposed work, the plan of research, whether it can be completed in the time proposed, the reason why this research is important, how it fits with previous research, and, if a pilot study, the future directions of this research.

Applicants should clearly outline their procedure and how the results will be analysed to answer the research question(s). One common shortcoming of applications is that they provide insufficient information regarding the proposed methodology for the Committee to evaluate the proposal. Applicants must also justify the reasons for the funding requested, with a full breakdown of costs.

What do research grants fund?

Funds may be awarded for equipment, research expenses, and the salary of a research assistant or PI, provided that payment is made on an approved scale. Travel and subsistence expenses may also be funded if it is necessary to travel to another site to undertake the research. Grants will not exceed £10,000, although applications for smaller amounts are encouraged. The funding process is competitive and the Committee may take into account the amount of funds an applicant requests as well as how expenditure is justified in reaching a decision whether to fund a project.

Application deadlines

Applications should be submitted by 1st February, 1st June or 1st October, via email to the Secretary of the Grants & Awards Committee.

Decisions will be made by the Grants Committee, a sub-committee of ASAB Council following meetings of ASAB in March/April, July/August/September, and December. Candidates can expect to be notified of the outcome of their application in May following February submission, September following the June deadline and January following October submission.

Application format

Applicants may download the application form here and the equality and diversity monitoring form here. Applications should be saved using the file name ‘SurnameRG.docx’ and submitted to the Secretary of the Grants & Awards Committee as an email attachment. The equality and diversity monitoring form should be submitted with the file name changed to ‘SurnameED.docx’ as an attachment to the email in which the application form is submitted or to a separate email.

Please note that applications cannot be considered by the Committee unless accompanied by two supporting statements from referees. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the Grants & Awards Secretary receives these statements by the deadline.

Once your project is complete

Successful applicants will be required to submit a report form within three months of completion of the project or one month after the ASAB conference at which the work is presented, whichever is later. The report form is available here, and should be saved as SurnameRep.docx and submitted to the Secretary of the Grants Committee as an email attachment.

The PI should acknowledge the financial aid received from ASAB in publications or publicity that result from the research. A copy of all such publicity and publications should be submitted to the Secretary of the Grants & Awards Committee. Successful applicants are also encouraged to submit a paper on their work to an ASAB conference.