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Research Grant Conditions

The IAPT provides competitive research grants in plant systematics to applicants worldwide, emphasizing funding for students and young investigators based in low- or middle-income countries. Candidates who obtained their Ph.D. degree more than 3 years ago will not be considered. Applications will be assessed based on the submitted research projects demonstrating scientific merit (30%), IAPT community building (30%), and broader impacts (40%). See "Evaluation of Proposals" below for more information on the assessment criteria.

Proposals must follow the guidelines below:

  1. The call for proposals is open between 1 February 2024 and 30 March 2024.

  2. Applicants must be IAPT members at the time of the grant submission to be eligible for an IAPT grant.

  3. Awards should preferably be used to support travel to other institutions for research, including fieldwork, herbarium work, and molecular or anatomical investigations. Travel to visit major herbaria, including interactions with specialists in specific taxonomic groups to build linkages for future work, are especially encouraged.

  4. Proposals must include: (i) name of the applicant, (ii) country, (iii) institution, (iv) project title, (v) project proposal, and (vi) proposed budget, noting if other financial support for the project exists.

  5. The project proposal should be written in English and include the following components: introduction, materials & methods, objectives, literature citations, and other relevant information.

  6. Proposals should not exceed three pages (single-spaced, 12-type font). There will be no exceptions, and proposals exceeding three pages will be rejected without review.

  7. Two recommendation letters in English should be included, preferably by experts in the field and/or by members of the host institution and/or the applicant's supervisor. The letter writers must be familiar with the proposed project and must ensure the proposal meets the three review criteria outlined below (i.e., scientific merit, IAPT community building, and broader impacts).

  8. Applicants should include a short CV not exceeding 3 pages.

  9. All documents must be submitted in a Portable Document Format (PDF).

  10. The project should be submitted via the IAPT website using the online form. If this is not possible, applications may be submitted via email to Eva Kráľovičová, IAPT Managing Secretary ( Any applications via email must follow the same character and file size limits imposed on the online applications.

  11. All proposals received will be acknowledged by e-mail. Please contact Eva Kráľovičová, Managing Secretary IAPT (, if you submit a proposal but do not receive a confirmation within 48 hours.

  12. The maximum individual award is US$2,000.

  13. The selected projects will be announced on the IAPT web page and through e-mails to all the applicants.

  14. Award recipients must submit a report summarizing the results of the grant-funded activities. The report should include photographs and details that can be used to write a social media post.

Applications opened: 1 February 2024

Applications closed: 30 March 2024

Proposal evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:


I. Scientific Merit (max 30 points)

  • Scientific impact of the study in a particular taxonomic group or geographical region  – up to 10 points

  • Contribution to the generation of novel systematic/taxonomic data, including quality and significance of questions being addressed  – up to 10 points

  • Adequacy of methods for testing hypotheses (data collection/analysis/use of different tools) – up to 10 points


II. Community Building (max 30 points)


III. Broader Impacts (max 40 points)

  • Proposal will yield durable benefits and be disseminated through publications (e.g., revisions, databases, websites) – up to 20 points

  • Proposal involves taxonomic training, field work, and herbarium visits  – up to 10 points

  • Proposal involves outreach, mentoring and mobility exchange  – up to 10 points

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