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You are a post-doctoral researcher or a permanent researcher and you are a member of an EVOLTREE partner lab?

You have a good research idea in the field of evolutionary genetics and genomics of forest trees, but lack funding to carry it out?

Leap into action with the network's research initiative, OPPORTUNITY!

Lindsay Flynn Banin (CEH), 2017 grant winner, presenting her project at the
EVOLTREE 2019 Scientific Seminar in Aberdeen
OPPORTUNITY is a call for projects which can include any kind of work related to genetic and genomic studies on forest ecosystems.

Funding can be used for traveling, project-related expenses, hiring of personnel, or any other funds needed to develop your idea.
Watch this space for a new project call in early 2020!
Am I eligible?

The requirements for eligibility are to belong to an EVOLTREE member institution, to make the data from your work publicly available in one of the EVOLTREE e-Lab data repositories (if appropriate, given the nature of your research proposal) and, for proposals involving molecular work, to deposit the plant material or DNAs in the EVOLTREE Repository Centre.

The EVOLTREE Executive Committee will take the following criteria into consideration when evaluating the proposals:

1. The scientific quality of the proposed research (ideas/questions, methods, sampling, analyses, expected output; feasibility)

2. The relevance for EVOLTREE in terms of contribution to ongoing EVOLTREE research activities (not only thematically related to them but contributing to specific initiatives such as TreeType) or use of existing EVOLTREE facilities, experimental sites or resources (e.g., studies developed in one or more of our Intensive Study Sites or meta-analyses using the resources found in EVOLTREE databases), etc.

3. The international dimension of the proposal (i.e., the involvement of research teams from different countries, including non-EVOLTREE members)

How much funding is provided and how long should the project last?

We have established a maximum of 10,000 Euros per project. The project should last one year, with the possibility of extending it to two years upon request.

I’m interested! How do I apply?

You will be asked to fill in the application form available for download below, save it as a PDF and send it to the given contact.
Applications can be made until the call deadline and they will be evaluated by the EVOLTREE Executive Committee.

 Application form

What happens once I have completed my research?

When submitting your project proposal, you will be asked to agree to make data from your work publicly available in one of the EVOLTREE eLab data repositories.
We will also request you to provide us with a brief (one page) report once the work has been completed, as well as a summary of the project expenses (invoices may be requested after examination of the report).

For any questions regarding this call, please contact: claudia.antoniotti @ efi.int


Funding Initiatives

Funding is available for EVOLTREE members: training expense reimbursement, conference grants and project grants


eLab Services

The eLab provides a search interface which can browse over all databases currently available within the EVOLTREE project.



Scientific events of interest to the EVOLTREE community are listed here. Conference grants are available to cover expenses



EVOLTREE organises different training courses on different topics. Financial support is available for participants from EVOLTREE partner organisations.