Research Grants

PSGB General Research Grant are awarded annually. The grant deadline in 2021 is 31st March. Research grant awards assist grantees with primatological research in any area, except for those covered by the Captive Care and Conservation Grants. Although the financial value of the grants is quite small it should be remembered that support from the PSGB is invaluable when applying for money from other sources.   


General Research Grants Awarded


  • Alice Poirier: Making Sense of Scents: primate scent-marking behaviour and semiochemistry
  • Giang Cao: Developing first-ever microsatellite markers for population studies of Asia’s slow lorises (Nycticebus spp.) 
  • Susan Wiper: The social system and behaviour of the golden monkey (Cercopithecus mitis kandti


  • Laura Baiges-Sotos: Degenerative joint disease in non-human primates and its relationship with locomotor adaptation and substrate use.
  • Stephanie Poindexter: Cognitive map use in the Javan slow loris (Nycticebus javanicus).
  • Kelly van Leeuwen: Savannah chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) landscape use in the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Uganda.


  • Colleen Goh: Development of 3D modelling method to aid study of primate behaviour patterns and support preferences in a complex 3D environment.
  • Todd Rae: Middle Miocene catarrhine primate cranial morphology.


  • Ursula Paredes: Does social rank modify epigenetic profile of female chacma baboons?
  • Noah Dunham: A multivariate approach to examining food selection in black and white colobus monkeys from south coastal Kenya.
  • In 2014 the Society awarded a one-off Lockwood Initiative for Dissemination grant (£300). This was awarded to Dr Lewis Dean at St Andrews University. The dissemination project is 'The trial of chimpanzee Jack'. This is an immersive show for a public audience exploring issues surrounding the evolution of primate cognition. It makes up one day of the Edinburgh Beltane Public Engagement Hub’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme.


  • Alice Baniel: An experimental investigation of the nature and extent of sexual coercion in wild chacma baboons (Papio ursinus).
  • Laura Busia: Fission decisions in wild spider monkeys.


  • Maria Wollnick: The communicative role of pelage coloration in an all-body sexually dichromatic primate: The black-and-gold howler (Alouatta caraya).
  • Esther Clarke (Snyder): Primate vocalisations as sexual signals in white-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar).
  • Paul Johnson: Leaping in the ears: A test of the semicircular canals as locomotor indicators in closely related primate taxa.


  • Gillian Vale: Towards an understanding of cumulative culture: a developmental and comparative perspective.
  • Sally MacDonald: The structure and function of female social relationships in wild Assamese macaques (Macaca assamensis).


Applying for funds

All PSGB members are eligible to apply for RWP grants. Please note that work that has already started is rarely funded by the RWP. Follow the research 'submissions' link on the left for guidance notes and application form.

The grant deadline in 2021 is 31st March.