The society’s research fund was established at the 21st Anniversary Conference in 1972. The initial capital of the fund was the excess realised from the conference activities. An appeal among members, institutions and commercial firms substantially increased this sum and it is still being augmented by donations from members and others, and through the profits from the sale of conference publications. Anyone wishing to make a donation or bequest to the 21st Anniversary Fund is encouraged to contact the society’s president.
The procedure for making research grants is laid down in the society’s rules and is briefly as follows:
Applications are to be received by the Secretary of the Society by 1st March in any given year. Copies are then sent to the Convenor of a Grants Committee, which makes recommendations to the society’s executive. Nominations for research grants must be approved by the executive and announcements of successful awardees are made at the annual general meeting.
The amount available varies from year-to-year, but is approximately $2000–$3000.
Applicants should complete this form.
The main criteria that reviewers will use in assessing applications are the quality of the proposed research in terms of its contribution to the discipline of entomology in New Zealand, and the ability of the applicant to complete the project.
As the 21st Anniversary Research Fund was set up to encourage all entomological research of benefit to New Zealand, applications are welcome from groups, clubs or individuals whether or not they are members of the society. However, grants will not normally be used to fund research undertaken by staff at Universities, Government Departments or Crown Research Institutes, as the grants are intended to encourage ‘amateurs’ and students. Grants will not be made retrospectively for research underway, nor normally for travel expenses to attend a conference in New Zealand or overseas.
Students applying for a grant are requested to provide a supporting statement from their supervisor. Supervisors should forward their statement directly to the above address, in confidence, before the closing date for applications.