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The Royal Entomological Society believes that supporting people from different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives will lead to a greater diversity of ideas and stronger innovation to address global challenges. EDI focussed projects can be awarded up to £3,000


These grants provide funding to explore and improve equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within insect science to widen participation in entomology through campaigns, events and activities to improve access to insect science for those underrepresented. These grants will also fund research and definition projects to help identify those most underserved and ned of support to progress their careers and interests in entomology.

These grants are open to RES members around the world (excluding Associate Members). Applications are welcomed from entomologists regardless of their career stage but we encourage applications from students and early career researchers in particular, to help establish their research careers in insect science. Applications are strongly encouraged from individuals from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds in science.

EDI grants are designed to help fund activities and events that promote diversity and inclusion across the entomological community. The activities proposed for funding should be ambitious and inspiring activities that aim to accelerate culture change and promote the visibility and support of groups most in need of improved equality, diversity and inclusion.

Applications are welcomed to fund activities that will promote a more diverse, fair and inclusive insect science community for all.


There will be once application periods in 2024 that will open 1st May until 1st October 2024

We aim to notify all applicants within two months of the application closing dates.

To Apply

Applicants can only submit one grant application at a time, across all RES grants.

Guidelines and Supporting Information

  • Successful applications can be awarded up to £3,000
  • Reasonable travel costs will be supported. All costs must be clearly justified within the application.
  • Funding is available for the employment of assistance restricted to the duration of the EDI project which conforms to the UK national minimum wage.
  • The purchase of equipment that is essential to the project and furthering access and EDI will be considered up to the value of £1,000
  • Living costs and subsistence will be considered where this is essential to the project. All costs must be clearly justified within the application.

Funding is not available for:

  • Overheads
  • To supplement the salary of the applicant
  • For total equipment costs over £1,000

RES EDI Committee will support successful applicants to ensure that the conclusions and benefits of an EDI project are enacted and communicated as widely as possible, and the applicant must ensure that the RES contribution is acknowledged in any outputs that may arise from the project and we should be notified about any publication or publicity that arises.

Each application requires a letter supporting the project proposed and a personal statement from a current or recent employer / supervisor / line manager (two references)

The letter of support should be from a host organisation of the proposed research. If the applicant is an undergraduate or postgraduate student or has been award a fellowship, the letter of support should confirm that the proposed project is not part of their degree or existing projects.

The two referees will be contacted during the application process using the contact information provided to collect their personal statement / letter of support. We cannot accept references submitted by the applicant.

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