The Atlantic Salmon Trust is a charity dedicated to the conservation of salmon and sea trout. An important part of its work is to promote and support research to improve scientific knowledge of these fish throughout their life cycles, in freshwater and in the sea.
The Trust has sought to support external projects over a three year cycle. For each call the Trust identifies a number of priority themes, but in exceptional cases it also considers proposals that fall outside of these if they would contribute significantly towards its objectives.
The Trust has limited resources, and while it is in a position to provide seed funding for the selected programmes it is unlikely to be able to provide full funding for a project. However, through the Trust’s extensive range of contacts the AST can work with the proposers to profile their research project with other funders and to seek out potential sources of financial and logistical support.
AST has in the past also considered requests for financial assistance to meet the costs of developing research concepts, so as to enable researchers to formulate bids to bodies such as Research Councils and Universities.
Under the AST Fellowship Scheme, the Trust will consider contributing towards the costs of relevant postgraduate research, where this directly relates to our priority themes.
Research proposals are assessed by the Trust’s Honorary Scientific Advisory Panel (HSAP). Projects relating to the research themes, which do not require AST funding, may be submitted to the Trust for consideration and endorsement by the assessment panel.
Details of forthcoming Research Calls will be published on this page and formally announced.