INJ Grant Scheme
The objective of the INJ Grant is to encourage and support activities which will increase our knowledge of the biology and geology of the island of Ireland. The scheme will support and encourage the current network of natural historians and the development of the next generation of naturalists. There will be one call per year. This will normally be in autumn with the expectation that the activity supported by the grant would be completed by autumn in the following calendar year.
The Grant scheme began in 2020 and the INJ Grant 2020 was awarded to the following:
- Inishtrahull Bird Observatory (IBO) Co. Donegal – to undertake a baseline survey of biodiversity on the island in 2021 including botanical and entomological audits. This will lead to the establishment of a longer-term monitoring framework which will inform part of the annual Observatory work programme (inishtrahullbirdobs.ie).
- Michael Quirke, Co. Limerick – Dragonfly identification for beginners. A project to equip more members of the public to identify dragonflies and to join the DragonflyIreland recording scheme.
- Rosemarie McDonald, Co. Cork – Biodiversity Action Plan for Milford Tidy Towns, Co. Cork, focused on moths, nocturnal mammals, and birds.
The INJ Board is pleased to announce that the INJ Grant 2021 is now open for applications from 1 September, with closing date 13 October 2021.
Terms and Conditions – INJ Grant Scheme
The scheme is open to anyone working on or studying any aspect of natural history or geology on the island of Ireland. The proposed work/project/event/publication must be additional to any work for which they currently have funding or receive a salary. However, partial funding may be considered where the applicants explicitly make a case for such. Projects carried out as additional components of undergraduate, Masters and PhD programmes may be eligible, and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Note that large elements of already-funded work will not be eligible – e.g. core parts of PhD work. An example of PhD-related work which would be eligible might be where something extra could be achieved with small additional funding – e.g. additional fieldwork, additional analyses, etc.
Applications can be made to support:
- Fieldwork and laboratory work associated with research (e.g. DNA analysis, identification and description of specimens, curation of collections, etc).
- Purchase of specialist equipment – e.g.books, microscopes, nets, tubes, moth traps, camera traps, binoculars, etc. for research and training
- Attendance at field trips, courses, training, seminars or conferences.
- Publication costs for field guides/keys, atlases, websites/online databases, etc.
- Delivery of field courses, training, seminars or conferences. These should not overlap or conflict with courses offered by groups such as NBDC, CEDaR etc., but may be organised in conjunction with these and other organisations. We are particularly keen to support knowledge transfer via activities such as small-group training, be it in the field/lab/classroom/online, and particularly where the trainer is one of only a small number of specialists in a particular area of study.
The following are not provided for under the Grant:
- The purchase of computer equipment
- The purchase of normal field clothing or protective clothing such as boots, waterproof jackets etc.
- Professional fees or day rates
- Journal fees
- Work that is covered by other funding (i.e. no duplicate funding)
Scale of funding available (these are just examples):
a) Up to €1,000 – €2,000 for fieldwork, research, laboratory work
b) Up to €250 for conference/training course attendance
c) Up to €500 as contribution towards putting on a training or knowledge sharing event
d) Publication costs, up to €2500
An individual can only hold one grant at any one time.
Grant payments can be made in either £ sterling or Euro, but applications must be within the funding scales outlined in Euro. The £ sterling amount will be calculated at the exchange rate on the day payment is made.
Applications are to be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 13 October 2021 using the INJ_Grant_Application_Form_2021 emailed to [email protected] with “INJ Grant Application 2021” in the subject field. Please provide enough information to adequately assess your application. The form must be signed (scanned signature is acceptable) by the applicant.
Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed.
Applications will be assessed by a working group from within the Board of The Irish Naturalists’ Journal, Ltd., who will also manage the process. Their decisions will require INJ Board approval. Adjudications by the Board will be final. The details of the criteria for the assessment of applications will vary depending on the purpose of the grant (e.g. publication, event organisation, research, etc.), but will always be focused on the value of the proposal in furthering the aims of the grant (i.e. supporting the current network of natural historians and developing the next generation). Value for money, e.g. multiple uses of equipment in research and training, is another consideration and there will be emphasis on deliverables such as publications and public outreach/education.
Grants will be awarded, subject to funding, on a prioritised basis in accordance with score. INJ reserves the right to award as many or as few grants as are deemed suitable. The timing for the drawdown of funding will vary depending on the purpose and size of the grant.
It is anticipated that applicants will be notified of final decisions in early November 2021.
A short interim report outlining the project progress should be submitted six months after the grant is awarded. The final grant claim should be supported by a written report, which sets out the results of the project, and evidence of other agreed deliverables. The form of the report may vary depending on the purpose of the grant. However, for research projects, successful applicants will be requested to present the results of their work at either an INJ event or another event in Ireland, and will be required to acknowledge the INJ using a slide template prepared by the INJ. The event at which the results are presented should be notified to the INJ at [email protected] using the subject line “INJ Grant Presentation”. Any other project material (e.g. leaflets, websites, etc.) must also include acknowledgement of INJ funding and display of the INJ logo.
The report must also contain proof of expenditure. A grant may only be used for the specific costs and timeframe agreed and outlined in the grant offer. If funds are not used for the purposes described, the INJ reserves the right to have all grant funds immediately returned.
Successful applicants will be required to, at a minimum, submit a short note in the INJ, but submission of a paper for consideration for publication would be the preferred outcome, particularly for research work. All submissions fall under normal review and editing procedures for INJ.
Records collected during the project should be sent to national data aggregators (CEDaR, NBDC) and any voucher specimens be sent to the relevant institution e.g. Herbarium of the National Botanic Gardens, National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, National Museums Northern Ireland, etc.
The timing of the required drawdown of funds should be specified in the grant application and will be agreed at the time of the award. However, the final drawdown will generally only be possible when a satisfactory report and other deliverables, e.g. delivery of a seminar or paper, have been signed off by INJ. The project must be completed, and the funding claimed within the time agreed when the grant is sanctioned. This will generally be within one calendar year.
Permissions and licences
It is the full and total responsibility of applicants to ensure that they have all necessary licences, permits or permissions, etc. in place to do the work proposed under this grant. This includes permissions and authorisation from any project affiliates to ensure that they are aware, committed and capable of taking on the project work if funding is forthcoming.
It is also the full responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the work can be carried out within any restrictions or guidelines that may be in place in relation to COVID-19. The Irish Naturalists’ Journal Ltd. reserves the right to ask for proof of these before publication of any results in the Journal and accepts no liability for work done without necessary licences, permits or permissions, or other necessary precautions.
Details of the grant award and project details may be used in INJ promotional material, including on social media platforms. Grant recipients will be encouraged to send photos, notes and/or short videos for use in social media, but it will not be a requirement.
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