A joint fund of the Linnean Society and the Systematics Association, the Systematics Research Fund (SRF) provides grants annually for small-scale research projects in the field of systematics.
Contributions are typically made towards fieldwork expenditure, the purchase of scientific equipment or expertise (e.g. buying time on analytical equipment), specimen preparation (including the cost of temporary technical assistance), and publication costs (although please note that we are unable to fund the cost of article publication charges). Projects of a more general or educational nature will also be considered, provided that they include a strong systematic component.
The fund does not provide support for attendance at scientific meetings, student maintenance or tuition fees, nor for bench fees.
Projects already substantially funded by other bodies may be disadvantaged.
1. The applicant named on the application form must be a current member of the Linnean Society of London or the Systematics Association to apply for a SRF grant in the 2017/18 round.
For membership rates see: Linnean Fellow
or Systematics Association membership
2. Researchers who were awarded a SRF grant in the 2015/2016 or 2016/2017 calls are not eligible for funding in the current round.
An application must:
1. be one side of A4 in length and uploaded into the application form as a pdf file;
2. begin with the applicant's name, email address, institution and project title;
3. be written using font sizes of 10pt or higher;
4. include a budget - generally applications in the range of £500-£1,000 are preferred, however, the maximum allowable sum per request is £1,500. This must be accompanied by a really strong justification;
5. contain predicted outputs such as which journal do you plan to publish in; which publisher(s) will be used for books, education materials, etc; or where will websites, interactive keys, etc. be hosted. Please show that the broader impacts of these outputs have been considered.
6. Explain why the SRF has been approached rather than any other funding body.
Note for PhD students:
the SRF does not explicitly exist to routinely top up doctoral research projects. Doctoral students seeking funding are advised to identify one portion of their overall project that they consider especially suitable for SRF funding, and to focus their justification on that subproject. They should also explain why that subproject was not budgeted for in the original funding proposal that led to their doctorate.
recipients of a SRF award must submit a report to the Award Secretary no later than 12 months after having received the award. The report should be no more than 500 words giving account of how the award was used. Reports will be displayed on the Systematics Association and Linnean Society websites. Suitable images to accompany the reports would be welcome.
The reports will be used to select the winner of the Sir David Attenborough Prize for Field Work from among the projects funded in 2017/18. The winner receives a certificate and a cash prize of £200