Interdisciplinary Workshop Grants

Science works bests when researchers from different disciplines share their ideas, methods, and results. That's why every year ASAB awards an Interdisciplinary Workshop Grant (IWG) of up to £5000 to support discussions on research at the interface between animal behaviour and other disciplines, such as physics, engineering, genetics, and psychology.

How Workshops Function

Interdisciplinary Workshops are two day meetings focussed on a specific theme. They comprise invited plenary lectures, selected contributions, and the possibility of structured discussions or round-table sessions.


Applicants have the freedom to identify the most appropriate timing for the workshop, although it must take place during the calendar year following the next submission deadline.


Applicants should identify their own venue for the workshop to suit their requirements. The Grants Committee may discuss the choice of venue with applicants and suggest more suitable alternatives.


ASAB will contribute a maximum of £5000 towards the organisation of the Workshop. The organisers are expected to raise funding to cover additional costs through registration fees and sponsorships. Applicants are also encouraged to seek co-funding with other academic societies to ensure the cross disciplinary nature of the workshops.

Theme Issue of Animal Behaviour

Contributions from the workshop can result in a special issue of Animal Behaviour, subject to peer review and editorial approval. The theme issue should be submitted within six months after the workshop.


Any ASAB member can apply for an ASAB IWG. ASAB does not usually fund applications from applicants based in the Americas.

Funding Criteria

A maximum of one workshop proposal will be selected each year on a competitive basis by the Grants Committee using the criteria of scientific excellence, timeliness, and inter-disciplinary links. The Grants Committee may discuss the proposal with the applicant(s), and advise on topics, selection of speakers, format, additional sponsorship, registration fees, choice of venue, and timing of the workshop.

Application Deadline

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


Applicants may download the application form here and the equality and diversity monitoring form here . Applications should be saved using the file name surnameIWG.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.