SAHFOS Associate Researcher Bursary Scheme

Guiding Principles

The CPR Survey, started in 1931, has generated a large and rich database on the basin-scale abundance and distribution of plankton. SAHFOS wishes to encourage wider use of this database by the research community through an Associate Researcher Bursary Scheme.

Topics for Bursaries

The aim of this scheme is to encourage research that uses CPR data and to increase publications from the database. Bursaries are intended for research that uses CPR data directly or for indirect activities that strengthen the future use of CPR data. The latter could, for example, involve developing suitable instrumentation for the CPR, improving plankton analysis procedures or developing new statistical approaches for data analysis.

Funds & Obligations

A small bursary to cover the calendar year will be awarded to Associate Researchers. Associate Researchers are expected to work collaboratively with SAHFOS staff and so actively promote the Foundation. Publications arising from this scheme must acknowledge SAHFOS. Associate Researchers must submit a final report on their work by 31st January of the following year for inclusion in the Annual Report. Half the funds will be made available as a grant early in the year and the remainder after the final report has been submitted and funds accounted for.


Associate Researchers will be named and their reports published in the following year's SAHFOS Annual Report. Through their close involvement with the Foundation, Associate Researchers will learn of new developments in the CPR data and these may offer opportunities for further work.

Informal advice on the bursary scheme can be obtained from Professor Martin Edwards, Chief Scientist.

To apply for an award please download the application form below and return it by email to SAHFOS at

Download Application Form

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