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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 2019 Competition recipients, the 25 year old ACA Grants in Biodiversity has now awarded 5.4 million dollars to 529 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.


2019 Competition Winners Announced

March 18, 2019 – The ACA Grants in Biodiversity program is pleased to announce that 24 graduate student projects will share $206,810 of funding this year. Students receiving funding this year hail from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, University of California Riverside, Western University, Université de Sherbrooke, University of Saskatchewan and the University of Winnipeg. Exterior threats and invasions are a common theme among the projects that received Alberta Conservation Association funding this year. Whether the threat is sulfur emissions or an invasion of earthworms, there is an impact on the flora and fauna of Alberta; the research funded this year will shed light on these impacts and provide valuable information to decision makers.

Report Instructions Online for 2017 and 2018 Recipients

March 4, 2019 - Reports for 2017 recipients (progress) and 2018 recipients (final) are due April 12, 2019. Instructions for completing these reports will be emailed to you today and are also available here: progress | final.

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