Steve Bishop Net Zero Award

Steve Bishop Net Zero Award



The Net Zero Award Sponsored by KTN


Calling all fledgling animal scientists and technologists

Sponsored by KTN, this scholarship is aimed at those in the early stages of their animal science career (postgraduate student or within three years of graduating with a PhD, or those working in commerce or industry with an equivalent level of experience without necessarily having a PhD).

Worth up to £5,000, the award is to specifically support a short research project that is connected to working towards achieving net zero in a livestock farming environment.

If you have a project that meets these criteria, please complete the on-line application form.


BSAS and KTN are committed to encouraging a supportive and inclusive culture across our organisations, promoting diversity and inclusion, and eliminating discrimination in all that we do.

All applications will be equally judged using set marking criteria, applicant names and locations are not supplied to the selection panel.


The award is for a specific short research programme (up to 6 months) in the UK, or overseas, with a new academic or industrial partner. The overall aim is to help support and develop a new partnership rather than a piece of work with a current partner or current organisation. In some circumstances it may also be used to joint-fund projects. Funds are specifically aimed at supporting projects working towards net zero in a livestock farming environment.


Applications to the Net Zero Award will be assessed based on the application form and the additional documents requested. In making its decision, the selection panel will consider the relevance of the applicants work and the extent to which the project meets the award scope and its benefits to the applicant and in working towards Net Zero.


The successful fellow will be required to complete a short written report (1000 – 1500 words) and/or video report (max length 7 minutes) and present outcomes of the project to which the award was made at the next BSAS annual conference (dependant on project length/finish date), including submission of an abstract (conference fees will be covered by BSAS and travel and subsistence of no more than £200 included within the prize fund, please include this in your project budget). A breakdown of project expenditure is required when submitting the report.

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Worth up to £5,000 the funding available is dependent on the project. Applicants may request:

  • up to of £2,000 for projects up to 6 weeks
  • up to of £3,000 for projects up to 3 months
  • up to of £5,000 for projects up to 6 months


The award is open to applicants, in the early stages of their career, from all branches of animal science. Applications are accepted from both BSAS members and non-members. Please complete the on-line application form and return by the application deadline.


31st December 2021


The award is made in commemoration of Steve Bishop. A world-renowned scientist, Professor Bishop made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of the impact of genetics on infectious diseases in farm animals. After he obtained a degree in agricultural science from the Lincoln College at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, in 1981, he studied for a PhD in genetics at the University of Edinburgh. After periods working at the Technical University of Munich and for the Livestock Improvement Corporation of the New Zealand Dairy Board, he took up a position at the Roslin Institute in 1988, where he built up a major research group with an international reputation. His primary research interests revolved around the genetic control of resistance to infectious disease in livestock, studying impacts from the gene to the population. Steve’s work had a major influence worldwide on how animal scientists and farmers approach breeding for nematode and infective disease resistance. Steve was a member of BSAS from 1993 to 2015.

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