GRANTS

The following grants are available from the British Entomological and Natural History Society:

The Professor Hering Memorial Research Fund

The British Entomological & Natural History Society announces that awards may be made from this Fund for the promotion of entomological research with particular emphasis on: (a) leaf miners (b) Diptera, particularly Tephritidae and Agromyzidae (c) Lepidoptera, particularly Microlepidoptera (d) general entomology in the above order of preference having regard to the suitability of applicants and the plan of work proposed.

Awards may be made to assist travelling and other expenses necessary for fieldwork, for the study of collections, for the attendance at conferences, or, exceptionally, for the costs of publication of finished work. In total they are unlikely to exceed £1000 in the year.

Applications

Applicants should send six copies, if possible, of a statement of their qualifications, of their plan of work, and of the precise objectives and amount for which an award is sought, to The Secretary, The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading RG10 0GH by 31 December of the preceding year.

Applications are also invited from persons wishing to borrow the Wild M3 Stereomicroscope and fibre optics illuminator bequeathed to the Fund by the late Edward Pelham-Clinton, 10th Duke of Newcastle. Loan of this equipment will be made for a period of up to six months in the first instance.

Maitland Emmet BENHS Research Fund and Grants

The Society invites applications for grants, from its Research Fund. Awards are open to both members and non members of the BENHS and will be made to support research on insects and spiders with reference to the British Fauna, and with an emphasis on:

  • the assistance of field work on insects with relevance to their conservation
  • work leading to the production of identification guides and distribution lists

Travel to examine museum collections and to consult taxonomic specialists would be included. The work and travel is not limited to the British Isles but must have a demonstrable relevance to the British insect or spider fauna. Individual grants are unlikely to exceed £500. The closing date for applications is 31 December in the year before that for which the grant is required.

Preference will be given to work with a clear final objective (e.g. leading to publication or the production of a habitat management plan). Work on leaf miners and gall forming insects should be submitted to the Society’s Professor Hering Memorial research Fund.

Applications

Applicants should send seven copies, if possible, of their plan of work, the precise objectives, the amount for which an award is requested and a brief statement outlining their experience in this area of work, to The Secretary, The Pelham-Clinton Building, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst, Reading RG10 0GH by 31 December of the preceding year. Further information may be obtained from the same address or via email.