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The ACA Grants in Biodiversity program for graduate students is funded by the Alberta Conservation Association and operated through the Alberta Cooperative Conservation Research Unit - a partnership between the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge. With the announcement of the 2014 recipients, the 20 year old ACA Grants in Biodiversity has now awarded over $4.3 million dollars to 423 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 2015-2017 Competition

The Alberta Cooperative Conservation Research Unit announces a call for proposals in the 21st 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, 2015. Applications and instructions are now available. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2014 - allow time for collecting signatures and delivery of your package.

Syncrude Announces Support

May 6, 2014 - Welcome aboard Syncrude, an Alberta Conservation Association Corporate Partner in Conservation. Syncrude has just committed $250,000 over the next five years in support of the ACA Grants in Biodiversity!

2014 Winners Announced

March 28, 2014 – The ACA Grants in Biodiversity program is pleased to announce that 21 graduate student projects will share $224,122 of funding this year. The projects include studies on the effects of industrial noise on owls, toad classification, detecting plant biodiversity, respiration in the Bow River, the foraging patterns of grizzlies, and fish restoration. Universities across Canada and even the United States will benefit from the ACA Grants In Biodiversity this year. Twelve of the awards went to students working towards Masters degrees, with the remaining nine awards going to PhD candidates.

Biennial Report Released

The 2012-2013 ACA Grants in Biodiversity Biennial Report has just been published. The report highlights the outstanding work done by our grant recipients, and allows everyone an opportunity to benefit from the work that the ACA has funded. If you would like a printed copy of the report, please contact the Administrator.

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