Proof of concept and scoping studies
The Scottish Forestry Trust has over time funded a wide range of research, education and training projects, typically where there is a clear understanding of the proposed methodology and likely outputs. However, we recognize that there are situations where the existing evidence and depth of information may limit the design of such a project. In such circumstances, a smaller investigatory study may be required.
The Trust has therefore decided to provide contributory support to Research Organisations, HEI’s and other interested parties for Proof of Concept and Scoping studies. The projects we will consider for support should essentially be of a reconnaissance nature in which information is gathered in order to establish strengths and weaknesses; to identify gaps in existing research and to describe and interpret information that will help to identify and clarify further research opportunities.
Projects that are supported under this scheme must be consistent with the overall aims of the Trust and preferably undertaken as a preliminary step to applying for either General assistance or assistance under the Trust’s Bursary Scheme. Funds are restricted and the assistance is available on a first come first served basis.
Guidance on the eligibility criteria for this scheme is available here.
Applications can be submitted to the Director at any time.
Applications should be submitted on the appropriate form available for download here.
The Scottish Forestry Trust will indicate whether it will support the request within four weeks of receiving the application.
- Assessing the risk of chemical runoff following use of Gazelle SG as a pre-treatment and top-up spray in forestry. 2017-2020
- Monitoring and managing genetic diversity in Sitka spruce 2018-2021
- Predicting impacts of extreme weather events in UK forests 2018-2021
- Studying a mycovirus from Dothistroma septosporum 2018-2020
- Assessing the value of secondary woodlands for biodiversity 2017-2018
- Using satellite imagery to improve Hylobius prediction 2017-2018
- Putting UK Bats on the map 2017-2019
- Improving Biodiversity in Lowland Planted Woodlands 2017-2020
- Mapping impacts of Phytophthora austrocedri in juniper 2017-2021
- Improving the understanding and management of Phoenix Trees 2016-2018
- The Ecology and Genetics of Native Scottish Crab Apple 2016-2018
- Development and Publication of Tree Work Guides 2016-2018
- Shaping the Future of Forestry 2016-2017
- Epidemiology of Phytophthora ramorum on Larix spp. and host responses to infection 2016-2019
- Woodland Planting and Natural Flood Management 2015-2019
- Silvicultural diversity and birds in Scots pine forests 2015-2016
- Ownership effect on benefits from woodland expansion 2015-2019
- Who Will Pay for Urban Forest Climate Regulation Services? 2015-2018
- Multi-taxa functional diversity in UK plantation forests Sept 2015-Dec 2019
- Emergent forest dynamics and natural flood management 2015-2016
- Mapping and Repositioning Forestry Skills for the 21st Century 2014-2020
- Can ecological restoration help build sustainable communities? 2013-2016
- How environment and gene flow shape adaptation in Scots pine 2013-2016
- Advanced Assessment of Minor G.B. Conifer species 2012-2016