To be eligible for an ECT grant, all specified activities must be undertaken on, or associated with, a long-term experiment (LTE) within the UK that is currently on the ECT register. Please click here for a list of eligible sites.

Grants are provided to fund research and to cover travel costs associated with communicating scientific findings.  The ECT also provides funds to undertake essential maintenance at LTEs.

Grant recipients must comply with the ECT Data Policy which is available here.


 

Small Grants

 

We provide funds of up to £1000 for research projects undertaken on LTEs that are currently on the ECT register. Funding can be used to cover the following costs:

  • consumables;

  • to facilitate extraordinary work such as supporting visiting scientists, students or public engagement;

  • support for researchers to visit or to facilitate comparative studies between existing long-term ecological experiments.

 

Recent Awards:

 
 DR ALTHEA dAVIES - £967 TO INVESTIGATE PROXY GRAZING SIGNALS AT moor house

DR ALTHEA dAVIES - £967 TO INVESTIGATE PROXY GRAZING SIGNALS AT moor house

 dr richard payne - £1000 to cover maintenance and monitoring at CORS FOCHNO

dr richard payne - £1000 to cover maintenance and monitoring at CORS FOCHNO


 

Student Grants

 

We support students undertaking undergraduate or postgraduate research projects at LTEs currently on the ECT register. Funds might be used for:

  • consumables or specialist equipment required for the experimental research;

  • travel and accommodation, enabling students to work on LTEs where no institutional funding exists;

  • travel and accommodation, enabling students to present LTE research at conferences.

Student Grant applications require a personal reference provided by the project supervisor, to be submitted along with the grant application form.

Recent Awards:

 
 cors fochno lte, near Aberystwyth, wales

cors fochno lte, near Aberystwyth, wales

An award of £1000 has recently been made to PhD student Luke Andrews at York University to use the Cors Fochno LTE for his studies on the effects of climate change on carbon sequestration in peatlands. Following a decade of climate manipulations at this LTE, accurate and continuous monitoring of climatic variables will generate more refined net ecosystem carbon budgets.

 
 
 
 dr raj whitlock/Cameron dALY - £1000 TO INVESTIGATE SOIL PROTOZOA RESPONSE
 

An award of £1000 was made to Dr Raj Whitlock/Cameron Hughes-Daly for a student project investigating the response of soil protozoa to 20 years of simulated climate change at  BCCIL.


 

How to Apply

 

Please download and complete the required Grant Application Form. Please also view our grants scoring criteria to help you include the necessary information in your application.

All costs must be clearly justified within the budget section. Any costs that are not justified will not be considered. Please ensure all costs are clearly calculated in GBP (British Sterling).

On completion please e-mail us the application form. Receipt of your application will be acknowledged and we aim to notify applicants if they have been successful or not within two months of receipt.