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The ACA Grants in Biodiversity program for graduate students is funded by the Alberta Conservation Association. With the announcement of the 2017 recipients, the 23 year old ACA Grants in Biodiversity has now awarded 5 million dollars to 486 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.


2016/2017 Biennial Report Released

October 26, 2017 - The ACA Grants in Biodiversity program is pleased to present its 2016/2017 Biennial Report. The Biennial Report includes the final reports of grant recipients funded in 2014 and 2015 and a teaser of the work being conducted by 2016 recpients. This is a cover to cover read of some very promising work being done in the mountains, forests and plains of Alberta. (Note - digital version includes some corrections from the paper version.)

2017 Competition Announced

September 26, 2017 - The ACA Grants in Biodiversity program is accepting applications for the 2017 Competition. Application information and forms are found on the Applicants page. The deadline for this year's competiton is 4:00pm on December 1.

2016 Competition Winners Announced

March 6, 2017 – The ACA Grants in Biodiversity program is pleased to announce that 23 graduate student projects will share $214,210 of funding this year. Students receiving funding this year hail from Université Laval, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of California at Riverside, University of Lethbridge and University of Waterloo. A wide variety of flora and fauna will be studied including cougars, duckweed, bison, frogs, mites, songbirds, fungi, elk and northern Alberta fisheries.

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