BCoN Early Career Travel Awards for Team and Interdisciplinary Science Training

In 2019, the Biodiversity Collections Network released a report, Extending U.S. Biodiversity Collections to Promote Research and Education (https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biz140).  This report offers an exciting vision for biodiversity-related research and education.  Achieving this vision will require a new level of collaboration from interdisciplinary teams

BCoN wants to help prepare biodiversity-related scientists (broadly defined) to be successful members of the community that will build and implement the Extended Specimen Network, as well as other team science endeavors.

To this end, BCoN is pleased to announce that it will provide up to four (4) travel grants for early career (graduate student or post-doctoral fellow) biodiversity scientists (broadly defined) to participate in the April 27-28, 2020, AIBS Enabling Interdisciplinary and Team Science training course in Washington, DC. 


  • Graduate student or post-doctoral fellow.
  • An individual who works in a clearly articulable way to conduct or enable biodiversity-related research or education. Individuals need not be affiliated with a biodiversity collection. Individuals must be able to travel to Washington, DC, to participate in the April 27-28, 2020 training program.
  • Individual must pay the course registration fee of $495.


  • Up to $1000 in reimbursement for basic travel costs (ground transportation, air/rail travel, hotel).
  • Award funds will be reimbursed after the individual has completed the training course and provided BCoN with travel receipts and a short summary report describing how they will use the skills and tools obtained from the course to advance their professional goals.


  • Submit a completed application no later than 5:00 PM Eastern on Friday, February 21, 2020.
  • Send as one PDF document:
    1. A cover letter (500 words) describing why you want to participate in this training course and how it will contribute to your professional development. Cover letters must also affirm that you will attend the training in Washington, DC, on April 27-28, 2020, and that you will pay the course registration fee.  The registration may not be reimbursed or paid from the BCoN Travel Award.
    2. A two-page resume.
    3. A budget describing travel costs for which you will seek assistance.  BCoN will only reimburse costs for the most affordable travel to/from your location and Washington, DC.  Lodging costs may be reimbursed at the Federal government’s approved rate for Washington, DC.  Travel costs above $1,000 will not be considered.
    4. A brief description of your work (no more than 250 words).
    5. E-mail completed application to jpandey@aibs.org with the subject line: BCoN travel award [last name].