Pairi Daiza


Pairi Daiza Foundation Grant for Biodiversity and Conservation Research


The Pairi Daiza Foundation was created from the desire to draw attention to the value of biodiversity, create a stronger bond with nature, and create a lasting commitment to its conservation. Apart from the objectives of conservation and education, we are convinced that the presence of animals in zoological parks must also be synonymous with scientific progress that is beneficial for endangered species. Pairi Daiza Foundation provides opportunities to researchers via project funding or sampling agreement. Pairi Daiza park belongs to the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and the Pairi Daiza Foundation is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

For this first year, the Pairi Daiza Foundation and the Royal Belgian Zoological Society aim to encourage with a grant (2.500 euros) the research done in Zoological gardens and dealing with biodiversity and animal conservation.

The Pairi Daiza Foundation aims also at outreaching Science advances to the general public and, therefore, the research supported by the grant could be communicated to the public through Pairi Daiza communication media (including – but not restricted to – social media, print, and television media) and therefore obtains significant visibility in the general public.

The next call will open in January 2023, stay tuned!

Application guidelines

  • To be a member of the Royal Belgian Zoological Society (i.e. membership fees must be paid before application).
  • To be a master’s student, a Ph.D. student, or post-doc with a maximum of 5 years of seniority after the Ph.D. To be attached to an academic institution (University, Museum, or Institute).
  • To propose a research project involving a Zoological garden: research stay in a Zoological garden or Zoological garden as a sample provider are all eligible. Multi-locations are allowed but the proposal must include Pairi Daiza as one of the visiting locations. Projects involving the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) are strongly encouraged.
  • The scientific activity must be linked to Biodiversity conservation (in its broadest sense).
  • Application documents include 1. a description of the general project 2. A description of the stay or the scientific activity done in or involving the Zoological garden(s) (including scientific context, host institution, host supervisor address/contact, dates, and a provisional budget (1000 words max plus a table)). This project must explicitly explain how Pairi Daiza will be involved; 3. a letter of acceptance by a Zoological garden responsible (i.e. director or scientific manager); 4. for master’s and Ph.D. students, a letter of acceptance from the thesis supervisor; 5. a short CV (2 pages max, including professional and private address, e-mail and a bank account where the grant will be paid); IMPORTANT: as outreach activities are potentially planned in link with the grant, an additional paragraph dealing with outreach/communication aspect must be added in the proposal. All outreach experiences can be explained in the CV.
  • The ethical aspect of dealing with sample use must be considered.
  • For the provisional budget, allowed expenses are travel costs, lodging costs, sampling, and analytical costs. Equipment expenses are not allowed.
  • The grant is attributed only one time to an applicant.
  • Granted applicants should acknowledge the RBZS and Pairi Daiza Foundation in publication(s) related to their stay. Societies’ logos should be added to posters or communication slides. To contribute to the Society journal, namely the Belgian Journal of Zoology, would be very appreciated (now totally open access with no page charge, FI 2020: 1.5, increasing).
  • A two-page report will be asked of the awarded people, including a financial report with expenses covered by the grant. The application and the report must be sent to the RBZS secretary.