ACA Biodiversity Grants logo Student using a cordless drill and hole saw to collect bark-samples that contain mountain pine beetles Once winter ticks start feeding on elk, magpies may try to catch a meal and a ride Wood frogs breed very early in the spring, often while there is still snow on the ground Student holding a large female rainbow trout

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The ACA Grants in Biodiversity program 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 2013 recipients, the 19 year old ACA Grants in Biodiversity has now awarded over $4 million dollars to 402 researchers. The research supported by the ACA Grants in Biodiversity ultimately aims to conserve, protect and enhance Alberta's fish, wildlife and natural habitats.


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.

PDF Application Form Problems

November 13, 2013 - Reports have been received of problems printing completed Part B application forms done in Adobe (PDF format). We will not be able to resolve this technical problem prior to the deadline. If you encounter a problem, please use the Microsoft Word application form also provided on the Application Forms page. It is okay to use the PDF for Part A and the Microsoft Word form for Part B.

Call for Proposals for 2014-2016 Competition

The Alberta Cooperative Conservation Research Unit announces a call for proposals in the 20th 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, 2014. Applications and instructions are now available. The deadline for applications is November 29, 2013 - allow time for collecting signatures and delivery of your package.

2013 Winners Announced

April 2, 2013 – The ACA Grants in Biodiversity program is pleased to announce that 19 graduate student projects will share $199,250 of funding this year. The projects include studies on invasive plant species in Alberta waterways, bears and railroad tracks, threats to salamanders, the effects of climate change and sportfish in mountain lakes, and an examination of how carnivore management policies are made. This year, all the awards, except one to the University of Saskatchewan, went to Alberta universities. Thirteen of the awards went to students working towards Masters degrees, with the remaining six awards going to PhD candidates.

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