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The ACA Grants in Biodiversity program for graduate students is funded by the Alberta Conservation Association. With the announcement of the 2015 recipients, the 21 year old ACA Grants in Biodiversity has now awarded over $4.5 million dollars to 444 graduate student researchers. The research supported by the ACA Grants in Biodiversity ultimately aims to conserve, protect and enhance Alberta's fish, wildlife and natural habitats.


Call for Proposals for the 2016-2018 Competition

The Alberta Conservation Association announces a call for proposals in the 22nd competition for the ACA Grants in Biodiversity. Graduate students from any research institution are invited to submit applications. Approval of project proposals will lead to a grant in support of field and research expenses for up to $20,000 for 2 years, beginning April 1, 2016. Applications and instructions are now available. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2015 - allow time for collecting signatures and delivery of your package.

2015 Winners Announced

March 23, 2015 – The ACA Grants in Biodiversity program is pleased to announce that 21 graduate student projects will share $231,575 of funding this year. Projects ranged from bee conservation, to use of a wasp as a biocontrol agent, to the prevention of bear-train collisions. A wide range of other topics were funded including deer mating tactics, optimizing forest harvesting to maintain diversity, and the effect of wastewater on native fish. The study of Alberta's flora and fauna will benefit from research expertise from universities across Canada this year. Fifteen of the awards went to students working towards Masters degrees, with the remaining six awards going to PhD candidates.

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