Grant opportunity for early-career researchers

Provided by the Steering committee of the IAVS Young Scientists

Joice Klipel (second from right to left) sampling root traits during the practical part of the international course “Species Traits” in Valencia, Spain, December 2022. Photo by Alison Munson

Receiving a grant can influence both scientific production and researchers’ career paths, especially at the beginning of a career. Additionally, grants impact early careers through many secondary channels, enhancing knowledge transfer, interaction among scientists and students, and promoting interdisciplinary knowledge.

The development of scientific careers is a long process, often hindered by the availability of few economic resources, especially in low-economic countries. The Section Young Scientists of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS) is aware of the significance of financial support and its impact on early-career scientists. With this in mind, the Young Scientists launched in 2022 a special grant program to assist its members: The “IAVS Early Career Supporting Grant”. This grant aims to break down barriers by offering financial support for career development, especially for those who struggle to access financial opportunities.

Prof. Dr. Bill Shipley’s lecture during the “Species Traits” course in Valencia, Spain, December 2022.

Previous grantees happily shared how winning the grant allowed them to advance their knowledge in vegetation science, for example, by attending a training course. Such courses allowed the early-career awarded to improve their ability in scientific discussion and showed how social interaction favoured the exchange of ideas between students and teachers. See their story in IAVS Bulletin 2023/1.

Now, the 2024 call is open! The call for 2024 will be open until 6th June. The 2024 financial support grants aim to support young scientists to attend training courses, workshops, fieldwork excursions and campaigns, short-term research stays in other institutions, and purchasing reagents, equipment, and computers for professional use. All Young Scientist members are invited to apply at https://www.iavs.org/page/CareerSupportingGrants. Vegetation scientists from countries where limited funding precludes membership in IAVS and access to IAVS journals is not available can access a waiver of the IAVS membership (please be aware to request it in advance).

Participants of the “Species Traits” course and professors Eric Garnier, Alison Munson, Juan Posada, Bill Shipley, and Miguel Verdu.