Grants in Biodiversity

In 2019, 24 graduate student projects were supported. The 25-year-old ACA Grants in Biodiversity has now awarded over $5.4 million to 529 graduate student researchers!

ACA's Grants in Biodiversity Program funds outstanding graduate students in their Alberta-based research. The mandate of the program is to increase knowledge of the flora and fauna of Alberta, covering broadly the fields of biodiversity, conservation biology, and ecology.

The program runs in collaboration with the Alberta Co-operative Conservation Research Unit, which represents a consortium of Alberta universities including University of Alberta, University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge. ACA’s annual contribution to the fund is $225,000.

Graduate students are invited to submit applications. Successful applicants receive grants of up to $20,000 in support of field and research expenses. Grant applications are adjudicated once each year with results released in March. 

Applicants do not have to attend universities in Alberta, but their thesis research must be Alberta-based. Many recipients remain in Alberta after completing their degree programs.

For more information on the ACA Grants in Biodiversity Program, please go to:

Syncrude Canada Ltd.has signed a $250,000 commitment over five years (2019 through 2023), in support of Alberta Conservation Association Grants in Biodiversity.