BIAZA Research Support Letter

Researchers that are interested in collecting data across a number of BIAZA members should apply for BIAZA support. Successful applicants will get a signed letter of support and introductions to zoo professionals within their field and contacts at the collections where relevant. 

BIAZA members receive a very large number of requests for information from researchers at various levels. Very often, zoo staff assist researchers with providing information as an extra duty. The prepared researcher is therefore more of an asset than one who has done very little and requires more of a staff member’s precious time, therefore please ensure you have read chapter one of the Research Handbook. If you have any questions about your application, please contact [email protected]

If you are only looking for support from one BIAZA member you do not need a support letter; please contact them directly. The letter is intended to encourage more members to take part in multi-zoo studies.

Support can be at any one of the following three levels (this will be reflected on the letter that the student is awarded):

1. the methodology proposed by this researcher will provide robust data that will answer their 
    research question
2. the outcomes of the project are likely to be relevant and useful to zoos and aquariums
3. the outcomes of the project are likely to significantly advance scientific knowledge in this field  

Sample BIAZA support letter (pdf)

In order to apply for BIAZA support, applicants must fill in an application form and get it signed by their supervisor. An electronic copy and a paper copy of the Application Form (doc) must be sent to [email protected].The application form will then be sent to the BIAZA Research Committee for comment, which will be sent back to the researcher for their information and constructive suggestions may also be provided to enable the project to more fully achieve its aims. Depending on the nature of the comments and revisions made, if necessary, a letter of support and contacts will be given to the researcher. This process can take up to a month. 
Please see the following document on Guidance for Applicants (pdf). 

Click here for a list of previous projects by year

We encourage applicants to submit an abstract to the Research Newsletter and to give a presentation or poster at our Annual Zoo Research Symposium.

It is essential that students and researchers contact the Research Committee prior to beginning a zoo-based project, in order to receive important advice on logistics and contacts. 

Join the BIAZA Research Committee Facebook Group, a page for all that's going on research-wise in BIAZA; including interesting stories, where to find information, news, events and useful tools for helping with research projects. 

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