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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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  1. I want to apply for a grant, what do I need to do?
  2. Is there a funding limit for grants?
  3. I want to apply for a grant, but my research does not involve legumes. Can I still apply?
  4. How long will it take for the Trust to make a decision about my application?
  5. Does it matter what country I'm from in order to be eligible for a grant?
  6. I am already receiving funding from another source, am I still eligible to receive a grant from the Kirkhouse Trust?
  7. I require funding for a PhD/MSc, whom should I contact?
  8. Where can I find the application forms I require?
  9. The conference/training event I wish to attend is within the next three months, am I too late to apply for a grant?
  10. I require a passport / visa to travel, can the Trust help me apply for this?
  11. What are the reporting requirements which must be submitted if I receive a grant from the Kirkhouse Trust?
  12. Can those provided with funds by the Trust travel to any country to attend conferences / training?
  13. I am a plant breeder, but have no knowledge of molecular work or biotechnology, can I still apply for a grant?
  14. Does the Trust provide scientific advice to the projects it supports?
  15. Will the Trust pay my conference attendance / training grant before my visa is issued?

  1. I want to apply for a grant, what do I need to do?
  2. Please visit our "Apply for Funding" page. Here you will find details on how to apply for a grant. Please note that there are several types of grant available, each with their own specific application forms. If you have any questions about the type of grant you wish to apply for, please contact us.

  3. Is there a funding limit for grants?
  4. There is no published limit to the amount of funding available for research project grants. Each application is reviewed on the basis of its scientific merit. Applications requesting £30,000 or more, are reviewed by all of the Trustees. Therefore, processing such applications will take longer. However, please look at the Research Grants page because these types of applications are currently by invitation only.

  5. I want to apply for a grant, but my research does not involve legumes. Can I still apply?
  6. The Trust will consider conference or training course grant applications for all agricultural food crops including legumes. However, research project applications are limited only to the legume food crops.

  7. How long will it take for the Trust to make a decision about my application?
  8. In general, for conference and training grants, a decision is usually made within one or two months from the receipt of your application. The Trust has limited administrative resources and occasionally, the application process may take longer. Research project grants are more complex to process and much depends on the interaction between the applicant and the Project Administrator.

  9. Does it matter what country I'm from in order to be eligible for a grant?
  10. The Trust's intention is to provide support only in countries where local support for science is underfunded. Most of our applications are from South Asia, Africa and South America.

  11. I am already receiving funding from another source, am I still eligible to receive a grant from the Kirkhouse Trust?
  12. The Trust does not provide support to applicants already in receipt of a full grant from another source. However, for those who are only in receipt of partial funding, you may qualify for a grant from the Kirkhouse Trust. Full details of the partial support already received must be provided in your application.

  13. I require funding for a PhD/MSc, whom should I contact?
  14. Once you have read the details on our "Scholarship Grants" page and believe that you are eligible to receive a grant from the Kirkhouse Trust, please e-mail your application to info@kirkhousetrust.org. Please do not post a paper application to us.

  15. Where can I find the application forms I require?
  16. Please visit our "Downloads" page to download the appropriate application forms.

  17. The conference/training event I wish to attend is within the next three months, am I too late to apply for a grant?
  18. Yes. You should only apply if the date of the conference / training you wish to attend takes place in no fewer than three months' time.

  19. I require a passport / visa to travel, can the Trust help me apply for this?
  20. No. You should contact the relevant embassy in order to apply for a passport and / or visa.

  21. What are the reporting requirements which must be submitted if I receive a grant from the Kirkhouse Trust?
  22. This depends on the type of grant application you wish to apply for. The Project Investigator of a research project is expected to submit both financial and scientific reports on a six monthly basis. These must be received before the Trust will release the next grant instalment. Those in receipt of a conference or training grant are required to submit a brief report within three months of their return to their home country. Applicants who have received funding for a scholarship are required to submit a report at the end of of each year of study.
    Please use the forms provided on "Downloads" page or through the "Apply for Funding" page.

  23. Can those provided with funds by the Trust travel to any country to attend conferences / training?
  24. The Trust will consider your application and judge whether the conference / training you apply for is relevant to your research interests in your home country. It does not rule out any country as an appropriate destination for a conference attendance / training grant. The majority of successful applicants are awarded grants to travel to the US or Europe.

  25. I am a plant breeder, and have no knowledge of molecular work or biotechnology, can I still apply for a research grant?
  26. You will see from our Research Grants page that the Trust has established two main research consortia in East and West Africa, and when it locates scientists whose research interests fit with those of the consortia, it invites them to apply to join these programmes. However, it does provide and support molecular biology and pathology training for the Project Investigators, technicians and students who are attached to the research projects it funds.

  27. Does the Trust provide scientific advice to the projects it supports?
  28. The scientific expertise within the Trust is supplemented by expert consultants with extensive experience in plant breeding and molecular biology. Therefore, they are a source of help and guidance for the student and / or Project Investigator throughout the duration of their research or study.

  29. Will the Trust pay my conference attendance / training grant before my visa is issued?
  30. The Trust will not disburse any funding until you provide confirmation that you have the necessary paperwork to legally enter the destination country.