LinnéSys: Systematics Research Fund

The LinnéSys: Systematics Research Fund (previously known as Systematics Research Fund) supports research in the field of systematics and taxonomy. The total annual fund is £41,000, with £34,000 contributed by the Linnean Society and £7,000 contributed by the Systematics Association.


The Councils of the Linnean Society and the Systematics Association jointly administer the LinnéSys: Systematics Research Fund. This grant supports small-scale research and education projects in the field of taxonomy and systematics on any organism group (from microscopic to macroscopic, past and present) with grants of up to £1,500.

Applications of all nationalities are welcome. Please note that only electronic applications made using the form below are acceptable.

Typical activities supported include contributions to fieldwork expenditure, the purchase of scientific equipment or expertise (e.g. buying time on analytical equipment), specimen preparation (including the cost of temporary technical assistance), and contributions to publication costs. Projects involving education, training courses or citizen science activities will also be considered, provided that they include a focus on taxonomy and systematics. The fund does not provide support for attendance at scientific meetings, contributions to student maintenance or tuition fees, nor payment of bench fees. Projects already substantially funded by other bodies may be disadvantaged.

Successful projects are selected by a panel of six systematists who represent a wide range of conceptual interests and taxonomic groups. The value of any single award will not exceed £1,500.

Recipients of the LinnéSys Fund Awards 2015-2016

Recipients of the LinnéSys Fund Awards 2016-2017

Recipients of the LinnéSys Funds Awards 2017-2018


  1. The applicant named on the application form must be a CURRENT MEMBER of the Linnean Society of London or the Systematics Association to apply for a LinnéSys: SRF grant in the 2022 round. For membership rates see: Linnean Society membership or Systematics Association membership
  2. Researchers who were awarded a LinnéSys: SRF grant in 2020 and 2021 are not eligible for funding in the current round.
  3. Owing to restrictions imposed by our bankers, grant funds cannot be paid directly or indirectly to individuals in countries subject to sanctions imposed by the UK government or otherwise where our bankers restrict payments.

How to Apply

Please find submission guidelines and online form here.

Sir David Attenborough Award for Fieldwork

The Sir David Attenborough Award for outstanding fieldwork is selected from the LinnéSys: Systematics Research Fund grant awardees.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated limitations for awardees, there was no Sir David Attenborough Award made in 2021.

Dr Veronica L Urgiles

2020: Dr Veronica L. Urgiles, University of Central Florida

Project: Molecular and morphological diversification of a cryptic group of terrestrial frogs in a high-altitude tropical hotspot

This project explored the diversity and molecular diversification of a high elevation, and endemic clade of direct-developing terrestrial frogs from the southern Andes of Ecuador: the Pristimantis orestes species group. The genus Pristimantis constitutes the most diverse genus of terrestrial vertebrates in the world, and represents almost 40% of known amphibians in this Andean region. However, only a small percentage of the true diversity within this genus has been documented; this group is challenging due to complexes of cryptic species. This latter characteristic is suggested to be a result of repeated environmental selection pressures across similar altitudes, leading to morphological convergence among species.

Veronica collected samples from 35 localities, at elevations of 2500 and 4500m, and also visited various museum collections to view type specimens. She generated 480 new sequences and recovered 25 strongly supported clades, 18 of which represent undescribed Pristimantis species. She also recorded and analysed the calls of male specimens. She has already published descriptions on two new species, that she named P. cajanuma and P. quintanai, identifying their conservation status, and a further five are in progress. Further, she will be testing the hypothesis of diversification within this group using ancestral state reconstruction. Both the new species are endemic to the montane forest of Ecuador and based on their very restricted distributions (<40km2), it is suggested that they should be considered as Near Threatened.

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