FSBI Grants

FSBI Research Grants

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One of the FSBI’s main areas of charitable activity is its financial support for small research initiatives related to the Society’s objectives. There are two types of grant: the Small Research grant, and the Wyn Wheeler Research Grant which is specifically for retired members.

The Research Grant programme provides members of the Society with the opportunity to bid for financial support for carrying out research on any topic that is relevant to the Society's objectives. There are two types of small grant which are available on a competitive basis to FSBI members: the Small Research Grant, and the Wyn Wheeler Research Grant. The Small Research Grant scheme is open to bids for up to £5000 per project. The Wyn Wheeler Research Grant Fund is open to bids for up to £6000 per project.

The Wyn Wheeler Research Grant Fund was created at the behest of the Society's former Newsletter Editor, Terry Langford. The aim of this grant is to provide members with financial support for their continued activity in fish biology following retirement from full-time employment. This grant is named in honour of one of the Society's founders, Alwyn Wheeler, who characteristically pursued his interest in fish biology after retirement, including much-needed research on the fishes of ponds of Epping Forest (northeast London), in particular on the native crucian carp.

The current annual budget for Small Research Grants is £30,000, and £6000 for the Wyn Wheeler Grant fund. Examples of recent awards can be seen in the reports on previously-awarded grants, which are available for download.

Research grant competitions are open to any member of the Society, regardless of their geographical location, but to be eligible you must be a paid up member for a minimum of 28 calendar days between a membership and a closing date for a grant application round.


Jan Dierking (Leibniz-Institute of Marine Science) Conservation genetics of the endangered anadromous North Sea houting Coregonus oxyrinchus in Germany.
Felicity Huntingford
(University of Glasgow) Does exercise promote neurogenesis in Atlantic Salmon?  Wyn Wheeler award
George Turner
(Bangor University) Are there adaptive radiations of cichlid fish in Tanzanian crater lakes?


Philipp Boersch-Supan (University of Oxford) Acoustic characterisation of tuna and micronekton distributions in the Chagos Marine Protected Area.
Julien Cucherousset (Université Paul Sabatier/CNRS) Individual variability and the management of invasive fish species: an integrative approach.
Cairsty Grassie
(Pennsylvania State University) The effects of environmental enrichment and repeated mild stress on brain plasticity and behaviour of zebrafish (Danio rerio).
Paul Hart
(University of Leicester) Using tooth wear to determine the trophic status of past and present cod populations. Wyn Wheeler award.
Brian Hayden
(Helsinki University) Undercover- the effect of ice on trophic interactions between native and invasive fishes in Arctic lakes.
Sarah Helyar
(Matís ohf. Iceland) Repeated local adaptation to extreme low salinities in isolated fjord herring.
Tomasz Kakareko (Bournemouth University) Pheromone pollution: an overlooked impact of invasive fish species.
Andrew Preston
(University of Stirling) Effect of ploidy and feeding regime on risibility and aggressive behaviour between stocked triploid and wild brown trout in an experimental flume.
David Soto
(University of New Brunswick) Identification and geographical distribution of marine feeding areas of Atlantic salmon using stable isotopes in otoliths.


Philip Donoghue (University of Bristol) The interrelationships of primitive fishes and the nature of the ancestral vertebrate.
Emilie Hardouin
(Bournemouth University) Multi-disciplinary approaches to understand biological invasions.
Arthur Rudolph
(Florida) Eutrophication as a disruptor of reproductive systems: evolutionary consequences of anthropogenic disturbance.
James Thorburn
(University of Aberdeen) Where do tope (Galeorhinus galeus) spend winter?


Gordon Copp  (Cefas Lowestoft) A preliminary study of non-native species impacts: how do clandestine introductions of goldfish impact pond ecosystems?
Iain Barber
(University of Wales) Ontogeny of parasite-mediated behaviour change in sticklebacks.
Lucy Odling-Smee (University of Edinburgh) A collaborative study between Edinburgh University and the University of British Columbia to compare spatial learning in benthic and limnetic stickleback species pairs.
Jens Krause (University of Leeds) Preference for familiar fish across different species.
Hayley Suter (University of Glasgow) The affects of maternal steroids and spawning order on juvenile brown trout.


The closing dates for applications are 01 January, 01 May and 01 September.

Complete the Application form provided below, after reading the Terms & Conditions, and submit electronically using the submit button. Only if electronic submission is impossible, submit three paper copies of the completed form to the address below, to arrive by the respective deadline. Save a copy of the Application form for your records. Subject-related enquires should be addressed to the chair of the Research Grant sub-committee.

Please be aware that applications will not be submitted to the Studentships sub-committee until after the application closing date.  All applicants, whether successful or not, will be informed by the chair of the sub-committee but this may not be for up to two months after the closing date. Do not contact the Administration Office until two months have elapsed.

Terms & Conditions pdf     Application form pdf     Final Report pdf

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